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Vinoteca

Bars and pubs, Wine bars Marylebone
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Ed Marshall

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This outlet (the original is in Farringdon) is a mere cork’s pop from Oxford Street, yet completely removed in spirit. Set on a villagey parade of upmarket shops, it repeats the successful Farringdon blend of wine bar, restaurant and shop and adds some new ideas.

One is a feasting table, where groups of five to nine people can enjoy sharing dishes such as slow-roast shoulder of mutton. But you can also come alone, order a prosecco (from the tap) and enjoy bar nibbles.

We opted for a three-course meal with matching wines, a great way to experiment. Denbie’s Surrey Gold (yes, that Surrey) worked well with smoked eel, leeks and lovage dressing; more striking was the thick, honeyed vin doux from Samos, Greece, served with rhubarb jelly, palmier and vanilla ice-cream.

The cooking was mostly terrific, with hot, double-crusted meat pies (pork and prune, say, or mutton and oyster) a highlight.

Wines are always brought before the food to allow time to savour, and served with brief comments from staff. If this sounds pretentious, rest assured it’s not – Vinoteca is classily relaxed, a place that makes wine buffery fun.

The smart-casual crowd of carefully matured groovers who’ve flocked here since November 2010 confirm it.

 

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Address: 15 Seymour Place
London
W1H 5BD
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch tube
Contact:
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.45pm Mon-Sat.
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