Kensington Wine Rooms

Restaurants, Contemporary European Kensington
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Venue says We love wine and all that’s enjoyable around wine: good food, good friends and good conversation.

This Kensington restaurant and wine bar is one of three London spots from a group specialising in all things wine. Here you can sample more than 40 wines by the glass, as well as more than 150 bottles, from worlds old and new. 

There's a pre-pay card system in place (a bit like an Oyster card), with wines by the glass are served from Enomatic wine dispensers, with pour sizes including 25ml, 125ml and 175ml. Wines come with detailed notes and are organised by helpful headers such as 'heavyweights', 'crisp & dry' and 'aromatic'. A number of natural wines are available, too.

There's a European slant to the food menu, with options ranging from foie gras with onion chutney and brioche, tuna tartare and scallops with cauliflower purée, pancetta and samphire to char-grilled racks of lamb, fillet steak with hand-cut chips and aubergine and mozzarella ravioli with cèpes, pine nuts, baby red chard and parmesan.


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Kensington Wine Rooms says
Since we opened in April 2009, we have acquired a reputation as one of London’s best wine bars, and as a focal point of the local dining scene in London’s Notting Hill. The bar area is a mixture of high seating and banquette seating upwards of 40 people, with plenty more space to stand. It’s a friendly and interactive environment to sample 40 wines by the glass along with tapas-style bar snacks.

The restaurant is comfortable and relaxed, and seats another 36. The British and European food focuses on quality ingredients, well-sourced, cooked without excessive fuss, and with a modern twist on much-loved classics.
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Venue name: Kensington Wine Rooms
Address: 127-129 Kensington Church Street
W8 7LP
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight, meals served noon-10.45pm daily
Transport: Tube: Notting Hill Gate tube
Price: Main courses £14-£24. House wine £22.70 bottle, £4.20 glass
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The original "Wine Rooms" and it doesn't disappoint in its ability to deliver quality and quantity of wines by the glass (as well as full bottles!) and food.

Fantastic wine bar and restaurant. Really friendly & helpful staff, loads of interesting wines to try by the sample and glass. Food is good, both bar snacks and restaurant food. A must for anyone interested in good food and wine in Notting Hill. 

A brilliant place to taste expensive wines by the mouthful - but watch out: as it's not real 'tasting' where you spit it out afterwards, it's very easy to come out absolutely arseholed when you think you've only had 'a few' - Great snacky type food, or more substantial numbers if you prefer, can accompany.

I liked this. The wine, tapas and feel of the place was perfect for the informal relaxed evening I was after. Loved the natural wines they've got going - not too many places around this part of town that have a range like this. Definitely be back...

The wine here is the main attraction and the list is really excellent. With over 50 wines by the glass that are constantly rotating and available to try from their Enomatic dispensing machines - there's always things to get excited about! There natural wines section is a breath of fresh air, though its not at the expense of more classic styles. The guys on the floor are normally really happy to spend some time to explain styles and give suggestions, which helps because the wine selections can get a little esoteric (to say the least!). Food is great too. I normally go with their sharing plates in the bar but the Dinner menu is satisfying too.

What a great place, esp if like us you like wine! There's a fantastic selection of wines by the glass, on top of a well thought out main list wittily grouped around grape themes. The food is pretty good too, well matched to the wines with a good selection of small plates if you're mainly watering rather than grazing. Top foie gras and spanish iberico ham, lovely chic fondant...We moved to the area 6 month sago and this is definitely our local.

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This loud, overcrowded bar leading to a cramped dining 'room' with unfriendly, gruff staff and bland overpriced food and wine, fails to impress on all levels. Though we were seated quickly, 15 minutes passed before a grumpy waiter impatiently took our order. Our drink orders were brought to the table 10 minutes apart, and our meals came considerably later. My fish entree -Cod with broad beans- was not only tasteless, but was also brought to the table cold and was sent back. The fillet steak my friend ordered was also nothing special. Currently this place has nothing to offer for us to consider returning.