Noble Rot

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The boys behind the wine and food entertainment magazine Noble Rot plan to open their own dedicated bar restaurant on Lamb's Conduit Street.

Named after their publication, Nobel Rot is set to reignite the culture of wine bars in London inspired by some of the very best in the business in Paris. Mark Andrew & Daniel Keeling have done their fair share of tasting and experiencing the cream of the crop when it comes to wine bars, building a portfolio of what works and is necessary for a great drinking and dining experience. 

This new venture will also boast some heavy weight names from the restaurant industry with the likes of The Sportsman chefs, Paul Weaver and Stephen Harris behind the kitchen. The food philosophy is one of Franglais simplicity, combing both British and French classic cuisines for a touch of something traditional yet exquisite. There'll be daily specials and seasonal produce used throughout. 

Now for the wines. With a lifestyle dedicated to supping and procuring the best labels out there, the boys will be toting all manner of global vinos from far and wide with mature bottles from internationally renowned wine makers. 

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No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Holborn
18
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Hours

Day Open Close Notes
Sunday - -

Location

Noble Rot
51 Lamb's Conduit Street, London, WC1

Area:
Central London

Nearest station:
Holborn (Tube)
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I was excited to try out Noble Rot. Formerly Vats wine bar, the premises had been my local for many years but it had become a little unloved, so I was keen to see what the new owners would make of it. I popped in with a friend for a bottle of wine and instantly saw that some minor cosmetic changes had made a real difference- better lighting, flowers, candles and cleaner, better loos. We ordered a bottle of prosecco and a lovely waitress explained it might not be what we were expecting as it was double fermented, cloudy and more frizzante than sparkling. We thanked her for the heads up and we tried it. We drank the bottle and asked for the bill and a male waiter asked if I liked it. I said I was really glad I had tried it but wouldn't order it again as it tasted like a glorified cider. His repost, delivered in a very patronising manner, was that it couldn't possibly taste like cider as cider is made from apples and prosecco is a wine and made from grapes. I responded that I was very aware of that but nevertheless to me it tasted like a cloudy cider. He then explained that the prosecco we had had was made by the old method and not the naff new method using metal tanks. I said that I obviously preferred the new method. I received a withering look. Our exchange had been overheard by the people on the table next to us. They commented on how impolite his attitude had been. I read in the Sunday Times Style magazine that Noble Rot was 'The' wine bar to go to in London. They obviously didn't get our waiter. I'm really disappointed, as I so wanted to have a glamorous local where I could nip round and enjoy a glass or two. Having frequented its previous incarnation, Vats, for thirteen years I shall now have to find somewhere new to spend my money. If you do go, go with your ego in full throttle because some of the staff have grotesque egos and think they know better than you. They may indeed know lots about wine but they know nothing about customer service. I think its quite a feat to turn a positive, local customer who wanted it to be great into someone who felt incensed enough to write this review.
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