This place is awesome. The owner/staff are REAL. They know their wine, and they are just particularly friendly to those who care about it too. This place is THE top place for drinking delicious wine, having a worthy natter, and nibbling the best variety of cheeses, on carpentry-era wooden seats, by candlelight. WHO WOULDN'T WANT THAT?
© Ming Tang-Evans
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Time Out says
Posted: Thu Jul 14 2011
Just down the road from BBC Television Centre, Albertine’s small bar has something of the student union about it, with closely packed, battered wooden furniture and a blackboard for wine and food specials.
The bottles are displayed on shelves for off-sales at take-home prices, but you can also drink here from the global list of over 130 wines, with plenty of options by the glass. There are some real gems: you might find an Ataraxia chardonnay from the Western Cape rubbing shoulders with a dense, velvety Cahors malbec blend from the Lot valley.
Food ranges from bar nibbles to homely mains (fish pie, sausages with mash); a better bet might be to match a glass or a bottle of something comparatively sweet with selections from the extensive cheeseboard.
Albertine 1 Wood Lane
- Venue phone:
020 8743 9593
- Opening hours:
Open 10am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-midnight Thur, Fri; 6.30-11pm Sat. Food served 11am-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 6.30-10.30pm Sat
Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market tube
- 1 Wood Lane
- 020 8743 9593
- 1 Wood Lane
Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
I love this place - intimate, with quality wine and nice platters to share... I have many great memories of this place - a great spot to catch up with friends.
Anyone who's been here wouldn't recognise it from the review (which makes it sound mundane). This is very simply one of the few few 70s/80s style wine bars left in London and as such is unmissable. Wine is unbelievable value; the owner picks up much of the French wine direct from the producers on his biannual trips there and cellars it himself. So the mark up on your wine, rather than simply offering a quick profit for the restaurant is paying for his buying expertise and the time he has given over to its storage. The food is also locked in a delicious time warp - you might find the likes of smoked haddock salad, broccoli and cheese quiche or boeuf bourguignon on the menu alongside another dozen or so options and the below-mentioned impeccable cheeseboard. Decor, too is reminiscent of a different age. No sign of gastro-pub or All-Bar-1- isation here. If this place was in Soho it would be the talk of the town. But it's not - it's in Shepherds Bush. This means you can go there and almost certainly find yourself a seat. My advice is: do. before it's too late
The wine was ok but overpriced - but the food was truly terrible, lacking any flavour at all. The staff were rude and were intent on chatting at the bar rather than providing service. enter at your peril.
Terrible food. Terrible service. Far too much money spent and the owner it's rude and unpleasant! Strongly recommend not to go there ever!
I took my friend here a few weeks ago as I remembered I had loved it on my visit a year or so back. it was a special occasion so we ordered an expensive bottle of champagne, which was heavenly. Unfortunately we found the staff unattentive and arrogant and just standing at the bar talking very loudly, one girl in particular who was quite rude when we went to ask for more bread for the cheese board. There was also a dead cockroach in the toilets, which needed a good clean! I real shame as the ambience last time was so nice, but I don't think I would go back now.
This place is a gem if you want to wind away a few hours drinking fabulous wine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I recommend the cheeseboard.