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Just off Trafalgar Square, rustic French cooking and a wine list that's an encyclopaedia of organic and biodynamic bottles - highly recommended.

Since Ed Wilson and Oli Barker opened Terroirs in 2008, their business has expanded at a reassuringly steady rate: three new operations (Brawn in 2010, Soif in 2011, the Green Man & French Horn in 2012), each with its own identity but each identifiably part of the family. The careful growth has ensured standards remain high across the board; indeed, five years on from its opening, Terroirs still feels fresh. It’s really two places under one roof. The always crowded ground floor has a casual wine bar feel and a menu to match, focused (though not exclusively) on small plates for sharing. You can sample some of the same dishes in the atmospheric and surprisingly roomy basement, although the menu structure seems designed to guide diners more towards a starter-main-dessert tradition. The kitchen retains its interest in rustic French dishes (a suitably unreconstructed cassoulet, for instance) but isn’t shy of a twist. We loved slow-cooked oxtail with potato gnocchi, and a small plate of black risotto with squid was a delight. The wine list is an encyclopaedia of organic and biodynamic bottles; if you’re a first-timer, order by the glass to give yourself a sense of the astonishing variety offered. Recommended.


Venue name: Terroirs
Address: 5 William IV Street
Opening hours: Open Mon-Sat noon-11pm, lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail
Price: Main courses £14.50-£18.50.

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Lovely food, not particularly slow, and good wine too. It is fairly loud but it's part of the atmosphere I think


I wanted a relaxed meal here, but the speed of delivery and service was somnambulant. We waited 30 minutes for our order to be taken, and about 45 minutes for our starters to arrive from the kitchen. There was also a delay with the main courses. The food was okay, but variable, and really not that great. And by the time you've received the food, you don't enjoy it because you are absolutely starving. We complained to the waiter about the delay on the food, and they complained to us about the kitchen. Whatever the reason for the poor service is, someone really needs to get a grip here and sort it out. Really disappointing evening and I won't be frequenting Terroirs again.


Really can't understand the ratings for this place. The menu is a shambolic mess, making selection a chore rather than an enjoyment. Why is it necessary to move away from linear listing and description merely to appear trendy. It's a mess. The food (though tasty) seemed to take a long time to arrive and is delivered when the kitchen deems it appropriate rather than when the customer wants it.......let me explain that last comment. You choose a starter. Fine. Then perhaps one of your party chooses a small plate, and you choose a large plate. At this point the waiter will tell you that the small plate will arrive and then after it has been cleared, the large plate will follow (despite the fact that they will be eaten by different people and you would like them delivered at the same time. As a consequence of your request to alter this, the kitchen will either do their usual thing and you each gets to eat while the other looks on, or alternatively they will have the waiting staff bring your entire order including starters all at the same time and you have a table swamped with food getting cold. This is utterly ridiculous and completely avoidable. In 30 years of dining (usually in far better places that this) I have never heard of such idiocy. You could see the embarassment on the waiters faces in trying to sell the idea - and they were confused enough as it was. Wines were grossly overpriced for what is essentially a bistro with ideas above its station, although there are some good bins (try the Alsace section for the only bargains starting around £26.50p for the cheapest). Honestly, I would rather eat my own young and pour salt in my eyes than sit in this deafeningly loud, overpriced, train station-like palace to stupidity and foolishness.


This has been one of the best finds of the year for me. The wine list is definitely impressive and the staff are very knowledgeable about the "terroirs" of the wines. The food is absolutely beautiful as well, you can tell the chefs are passionate about what they do. I don't find this place to be pretentious- actually I think it's quite the opposite... just good food and good wine, nothing funny.


i went there with a friend on valentines day.. the food was amazing, and the service friendly and quick..love the atmosphere.. the duck is brilliant ! as starter the pistachio terrine was yummy but the terrine was not one of my favourites..voila..enjy the french experience !! would definitely go back

Marko E9

Just been for the first time. What a great place. I was on crutches and they were very accomodating, the wine selection was good value and extensive and the menu just perfect winter food. Loved it.


Usually a favorite but they occasionally miss the mark. Last night the menu was so "nose to tail" that the squeamish eaters in my party (and the kids) couldn't find an option. Also they've gotten ever stingier about the bread portioning, which is ridiculous since a lot of the small plates are charcuterie and cheese, and bread is an essential complement.