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Restaurants, Mediterranean Covent Garden
5 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Paul Winch-Furness
Paul Winch-Furness

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

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

If you want to find out what the whole natural wine thing is all about, pay a visit to Terroirs. These minimally manipulated wines (most organic and/or biodynamic, made with little intervention from the winemakers) form nearly the whole list, and they keep this rustic-French-looking place jumping.

Plenty are on offer by the glass, and while it’s not bargain-basement cheap, it accurately reflects the cost of producing these wines. If you’re more interested in the food than the vino, you won’t be disappointed: a changing list of small plates and plats du jour never falters in its high quality (or fair prices).

Terroirs says
We’ve been enjoying great food and pouring natural wine since 2008. A London institution and still the place to rub shoulders with real winemakers.

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By: Richard Ehrlich



Address: 5 William IV Street
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail
Price: Main courses £14.50-£18.50.
Opening hours: Open Mon-Sat noon-11pm, lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Sat
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I visited Terroire at the suggestion of my frenchest French friend living in London, Gaelle. She has a talent for always choosing places that are way over-priced and that you live still hungry. So it was lucky that I wasn't particularly hungry that evening and was more keen on drinking wine and chatting, especially as we had a lot to catch up on. Gaelle decided to go with one of the Small Plates selection: a lovely roasted vegetable (the waiter failed to explain properly what this vegetable actually was) on a layer of fluffy mozzarella. She really enjoyed it. They also offer some Plats du Jour but don't expect to pay less than £16 for a decent plate. The menu seems to change everyday, which is quite nice if you work close by and want to make this place your new 'cantine'. The drinks menu was pretty pricy as well... £5 for the cheapest medium glass of wine. Now, let's talk puddings: I had the most amazing crême brulée, one of my péchés mignons! Gaelle had an apple crumble which was pretty delicious as well. The atmosphere is really nice with candles on every table and a lovely staff. The upstairs was really busy and a bit too noisy but we were shown to a shared table in the basement that was much more intimate and that I would recommend for a date.


Terroirs was good, but not my absolute favourite for food. I like the vibe, the location is fabulous for theatre and it's unfussy. The booze selection was surprisingly not as good as I thought it would be (french wine bar - usually you're onto a winner). The food was good, but not outstanding, and the menu was very limited. Basically, a great spot if you're in a hurry, and wanting a quick bite, or if you want to laze around eating cheese and the like. Nothing wrong with that!

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 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

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.

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