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The Kensington Wine Rooms

Notting Hill Bar, Wine Bar £££ +100
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About The Kensington Wine Rooms

Dear diners, please note that online reservations are for the restaurant area only, not for the bar area or drinks.

Since The Kensington Wine Rooms opened its doors along Kensington Church Street in 2009, Notting Hill’s dining, drinking and entertainment scene has changed – it certainly wouldn’t be the same without this neighbourhood wine bar doling out its tapas-style bar food and fuss-free European and British cuisine, with a wine pairing suggestion for every dish. Not to mention the loss the west London community would feel – oenophiles and casual tipplers alike – without The Kensington Wine Rooms’ expansive yet considered offering of 150 bottles and 40 wines by the glass.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 00:00
The Kensington Wine Rooms, 127 - 129 Kensington Church, W8 7LP London

Further Information

As the name would suggest, the piece de resistance at The Kensington Wine Rooms is its well-stocked wine cellar. Here in Notting Hill the proprietors of one of London’s most revered wine bar families – there are sister outlets in Brackenbury and Fulham – have gone to great lengths to ensure that very bottle and bin, every drop offered by-the-glass, is selected for its ability to showcase the distinctive qualities of its terroir. The careful curatorial process at work behind the scenes at The Kensington Wine Rooms is perhaps best understood when you book for one of the regular wine tasting events held at the wine bar’s Kensington Church Street address, but even a casual glass to accompany a plate of tapas or a full evening meal will offer confirmation in equal measure.

The same commitment to the provenance of the wine that makes it to table (quality in the glass in maintained by the use of Enomatic wine dispensers) extends to the care that The Kensington Wine Rooms takes to ensure the quality of its offering across the board. It’s not all wine at this Notting Hill wine bar – the beer is from a brewery in south London’s Greenwich, gin and vodka comes courtesy of a boutique distillery in Hammersmith. As for the food, you can expect aged Scottish beef, Cornish crab, Gressingham duck, british cheeses from Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, and acorn-fed Spanish jamon and other premium ingredients to make an appearance on the bar plate or a la carte menus. And, once you’ve enjoyed the perfect pairing of wine and fine European and British food, every bottle is available to buy and take home.

CHEF'S CHOICE

67 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 67 Reviews
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
09.03.2017 23:26

Great atmosphere, fabulous food, delish wines. Can't fault it! Off to the Royal Albert Hall? It's a very pleasant 20 minute stroll from the Kensington Wine Bar to your show. We will book here every time we are in the area.

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 07:32

Pleasant atmosphere, many wines served at glass, enomatic machine, simple and tasteful menu. I was recommended to come here and I will recommend further to my friends.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 17:57

Great Rest as always ... lovely selection of wine ... helpful staff. Thank you for maintaining this great level of service. Definitely recommend it to wine lovers

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 21:59

Delicious food, very good services and good location, easy to find close to underground I was there in January but I suppose the restaurant will be packed springtime

1 review so far 5
15.12.2016 13:11

The first course of crab arrived looking rather like "Wine bar food " very tasty and very well made. Lovely fresh crab but poor presentation. For main courses two of our party of six shared a Chateaubriand steak which was cooked rare and absolutely perfect. I have seen Chateaubriand written on Menus as Chateaubrian ha ha and with cooking worse than the spelling. No-this was a great piece of meat cooked to perfection. I sampled a piece as my two friends could not finish the generous portion.. I and my partner both had Duck. Slightly too rare for me but a nice portion with a good cherry sauce which was not over sweet. The other two had lamb which looked great and was well presented and garnished. We had sides of tempura courgette with an aioli dip and sautéed new potatoes. Both great and I especially liked the tempura courgette which I have not had before. No room for puddings so we finished with Coffee. £390 for 6 or £130 per couple. A bit pricey for a wine bar but then it is Kensington and the food is restaurant quality. The price was bumped up by the wines where there is not really anything worth drinking under £30 per bottle which is on the high side. We had 2 bottles of a South African Pinot Noir which was well served and well presented.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 16:01

Absolutely loved The Kensington Wine Rooms. Perfect venue for a catch up with a friend over dinner, Excellent food/menu, I really liked the fact they can pick the wine to go with each of the dishes. Friendly atmosphere and nice staff. Would definitely recommend!

2 reviews so far 5
04.08.2016 09:22

The bar/restaurant is in a nice location and has ample seating available in side. Wine was good and staff friendly and a bit of a rarity in London in that it was actually quiet so didn't have to shout to the person next to me. Huge positive! The only reason this isn't a 6 star rating is because the tables were quite cramped and the service was quite slow even though the bar/restaurant wasn't busy at all.

2 reviews so far 6
08.06.2016 08:49

Once again, a fabulous supper at KWR. It's so refreshing to have such interesting wines by the glass to be able to pair with the beautifully cooked food. All the stuff are friendly and very knowledgable about their wines. We'll be coming back! Again and again!

1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 14:03

Gorgeous little place. Attentive service without being too intrusive. A few of us I the group did the wine tasting. We did not eat her but from what we saw come out of the kitchen looked and smelt delicious. Highly recommend if you're in the area.

2 reviews so far 6
22.08.2016 08:54

Good atmosphere, peaceful and servers aren't always at your table hounding you. I've been a couple times on Sunday when it tends to not be busy so this is a little hidden gem that hasn't become one of the typical overcrowded and extremely noisy London bars.

1 review so far 5
18.02.2017 12:34

The wine dispensing machines are a great idea and make it fun to try a few different wines in an evening. You need to top up a card but if you don't spend it all they can give you the money back (or keep the card for next time!)

1 review so far 4
30.11.2016 07:24

As ever the wine by the lass concept is great but often let down by the quality of the food. On this occasion the service also let it down as our waiter just didn't seem to get what the job involved. I'm sure I'll go back but food is never the top of the list if I do.

1 review so far 3
03.12.2016 19:21

Very loud restaurant and bar, table was wet from wine when we arrived to eat. Not convinced starter was intended to be served cold, and bread appeared as we were finishing our mains. Dessert was delicious. Overall we ended up spending excessively for a rather simple meal. Service poor, waiter was decidedly inattentive. Female toilets didn't have toilet paper, and it appeared they were using watered down soap to save pennies. Wouldn't eat here again.

1 review so far 4
10.04.2016 10:22

Nice chill atmosphere later in the evening when they turned down the lights. Quite good selection of wines. Big drawback for me, though, was the service was giving us annoyed looks when we decided not to order any food and only kept drinking wine - somewhat uncalled for if you market yourselves as wine bar...

2 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 08:27

Very good tasting food and wine, nice staff and lovely atmosphere. Perfect location, a quick walk from home and if you live somewhere else just take the tube or bus, it's close to downtown.

2 reviews so far 6
12.03.2016 08:27

Excellent, cheerful service from a young energetic team. Fascinating wine list and very good value for central London. The food was interesting and the rack of lamb was beautifully cooked.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2016 14:55

Lovely staff, great wine, tasty food. Nice to have such an extensive range of wines by the glass. Ambiance was very nice and overall it was a wonderful Friday night!

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 07:18

Reliable as ever with knowledgeable, friendly staff and pleasant surroundings. The selling point is of course the excellent array of wines by the glass which catered to all of our tastes around the table. Well done.

1 review so far 2
14.11.2016 11:30

I had been to Kensington Wine Rooms once before and was very impressed but sadly this visit did not live up to my expectations. We both ordered the duck asking for it not to be too pink but unfortunately it was very pink, table water was not very nice and the toilets were disgusting. One toilet didn't have a seat and the other, no toilet roll and bin was over-flowing. It was extremely busy so this may be the reason but not sure I will rush back.

2 reviews so far 6
24.04.2016 20:20

Friendly genuine service, excellent wine selection, incredibly tasty "tapas" style plates and cosy evening atmosphere / lighting. Would definitely return. Many thanks for a lovely Thursday dinner / drinks....

2 reviews so far 6
14.05.2016 12:23

Delicious food, wine and very nice staff! We've been there a couple of times and it has become our favorite restaurant, so you will see us again very soon.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2016 11:17

Lovely staff, great food and cosy and friendly environment. And, of course, really good wine. I can recommend this place to anyone interested in good wine and food.

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 08:11

The wine list was fantastic and the food was lovely although I only ordered a couple appetisers. I will definitely be making this a regular place to visit.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2016 07:32

Really enjoyed my meal - extensive and interesting wine selection with knowledgeable and helpful staff - great food and good ambience - what more can one ask for?

1 review so far 6
17.04.2016 12:06

This wine bar has a brilliant set up with ability to taste lots of different wines for as little as a £1 or so and great food too.

2 reviews so far 3
09.10.2016 09:58

Busy night, having said that the service was a little too inattentive. After more than 10 minutes at the table I had to ask for the menu and some water. Hard to get a waiter's attention throughout the night. Food was ok, good selection of wine by the glass though prices were a little steep.

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 23:00

Really lovely atmosphere. Went for the wine pairing with each course and they were perfectly matched. Only minor complaint would be service was a hint slow, but really helpful when we got them

1 review so far 5
11.08.2016 10:31

Great food, expansive wine selection and attentive service. We particularly appreciated the waiter bringing both still and sparkling water to the table without being asked, and refilling during the course of the meal.

1 review so far 5
13.03.2016 09:14

Lovely atmosphere and brilliant selection of wines. Just be careful with the top-up card, the more you drink, the more you'll spend! Perfect place before dinner to make sure you don't go OTT.

1 review so far 6
01.06.2016 10:08

This is a gem of a find in a very lovely part of London. The staff are very informed and helpful. Food and wine of top quality.

1 review so far 4
28.11.2016 17:06

The food and wine were fantastic, but the service definitely let it down considerably. Food was slow, some food ordered never came and the waiter seemed disinterested and mumbled. I would, however, still return as the food was so good.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 10:49

Pleasant atmosphere, attentive service, good food and a really lovely New Zealand pinot noir: what more could you ask for? A wonderful place to meet friends.

2 reviews so far 6
13.08.2016 21:18

Great wine selection, 40+ wines by the glass. very nice service; Starters were just wonderful-carpiacho and for grass. Mains also nice. Overall great place to visit.

2 reviews so far 4
12.10.2016 21:08

Atmosphere was great! Great place to meet for drinks and apps. Service was good. Wine list was decent, but nothing groundbreaking there. The red wine was served too warm and the rosé too cold. A wine bar should know.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 07:37

Good wine with some interesting and tasty dishes Service was very efficient and nice. Overall a great place to stop for dinner. Preferred the bar area rather than the restaurant seating

1 review so far 5
23.11.2016 18:47

Great food and delicious wine. Our waiter was patient with us - the 3rd diner was extremely late so we started without her - and he happily worked with us.

1 review so far 6
29.02.2016 21:33

Wonderful wines, perfect service & very very tasty food. A great place! We had the duck & Onglet steak, both cooked pink & both delightful.

1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 07:05

The food, wine, ambience was fantastic and the service was so friendly with such a warm welcome. Have already highly recommended to friends and clients!!

1 review so far 5
03.11.2016 07:24

Very nice waiter, excellent wine and great food. Nice ambience also. Main thing was that we were not rushed and felt comfortable to just sit and chat after eating.

1 review so far 2
01.12.2016 07:18

Very poor & slow service, and when our meals eventually arrived all dishes were cool at best! Over priced for what we'd got, and the waiter never even offered us a coffee when we mentioned the cold food. It took 3 hours to serve two courses. I've eaten here on a number of times and always good, but after last night we will not be returning or recommending the Kensington Wine Rooms

1 review so far 5
26.07.2016 07:36

Really good food. Excellent wine selection model to choose fine wines by the glass - if you like exploring wine it's a great placebo visit. Excellent service too

1 review so far 5
27.01.2017 08:18

Excellent service, good food. An extensive range of wines, although a little over-priced which is a shame as it means people are less likely to explore it.

1 review so far 5
18.11.2016 08:04

Noce and cool piace I spent the night really amusing and confortable. Many varieties of wine and very kind staff I think Ill go there again

2 reviews so far 5
14.12.2016 10:02

The food was really good but I felt that the wine was a little expensive. The service was excellent and the environment in the place terrific.

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 21:13

Good service and really nice wine choices. Would definitely come again, as well as purchasing from the take away bottle service. Overall good experience, good area.

1 review so far 5
21.09.2016 09:32

Huge choice of wines and friendly staff. It was quiet on a Tuesday lunchtime but of course none the worse for that. Great pimientos de padron.

1 review so far 4
05.02.2017 07:41

The chef seemed a little out of his league, trying to be more fancy than skillfull. the floor staff were lovely, the wine is great, but the food really missed the mark.

1 review so far 5
23.03.2017 08:58

Been here several times. The atmosphere and service are always good. The chateaubriand was excellent as was the South African red to go with it

1 review so far 5
29.03.2016 09:36

The service was good and the place is pleasant, but we were not asked how we would like our meat and we found it overcooked.

3 reviews so far 5
19.03.2017 16:02

Food is always good here but in this instance they screwed up our order as we waited over 1 1/2 hours to get our main.