Cork & Bottle

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A veteran wine bar serving truly, deeply interesting wines for over 30 years in an old-fashioned cellar just off Leicester Square.

The Cork & Bottle’s unprepossessing Leicester Square exterior hides stairs that lead down to a grotto of cosy vaults and wooden tables – a useful bolt-hole in an area over-endowed with tourist joints. But it’s no longer the only contender, with the likes of the nearby Terroirs excelling in terms of dining and all-round presentation. While décor is a little shabby, the wine list still makes for a characterful world tour, exhibiting plenty of knowledge and an experienced palate, shown off in regular themed tastings. The menu is a globe-trotting bistro mix with a noteworthy selection of cheeses. The place is quiet at lunchtime and packed with old hands and buzzing conversation in the evening. Joining in for a plate of cheese and some really interesting wine can be a very good way to begin (or end) your evening in the West End. 


Venue name: Cork & Bottle
Address: 44-46 Cranbourn Street
Opening hours: Open/meals served 11am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
Price: Main courses £5.50-£21.50. House wine £19 bottle, £5 glass

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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If you want a chilled out lunch amongst the London crowd, this is the place for you.  Amazing selection of wines, reasonable selection of food and wonderful atmosphere.  Not for sun worshippers as it's a basement setting but if you want to get away from the crowds in Leicester Square and have a lazy long lunch, this is the place for you.  (Can be a lot busier in the evenings.)

Staff Writer

Despite being in the middle of Leicester Square the tourists don't seem to find this place. It's maybe a little dated these days but is a laid back yet buzzy wine bar with some amazing wines on offer. I love the cheese board.


I love this place!!! I definitely do not agree with the former review. We (My friends & family) and I have been coming here for years. Whether its for after work drinks with the girls in one of their popular alcoves or a family birthday celebration. The new food menu has been revamped and its moving with the times. The introduction to table service has been welcomed with open arms ..lets face it when you have had a few the last thing you want to do is re order up at the bar!!! Good work to the staff and new management for breathing new life into a classic hot spot.


Used to be up there with the best of them but the new owner of the C&B has disappointed. Table service is welcome in theory but when you finish your food before your wine arrives, it's pointless. Three times I ordered a drink before I got it. In the end, we went to the bar ourselves and got Vash to help us out. Burgers now appear on those dreadful wooden boards you get in gastro pubs. No thanks. And where's the Daily Mail gone from the loos? Lastly, the new computer screens the waitresses use are free for to read, including what to "PUSH" on customers. Tacky, disappointing. Bring back the old C&B!