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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 11:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 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

88 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 88 Reviews
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
02.06.2017 09:45

Excellent wine, the 2013 Malbec, which was value for money. The food was good too, both vegetarian options and the onglet steak. Pleasant location too.

1 review so far 6
27.05.2017 08:37

We love this place! It's so laid back. The wine is great and so is the food and the staff is very friendly. We've held several school events there as well as just social and I always love the atmosphere. Highly recommend!

1 review so far 6
13.05.2017 22:19

I dine here every time I am in London (once a year, coming from San Francisco). Always enjoyable. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and very good food.

3 reviews so far 6
15.04.2017 08:01

Elegant, amazing wine collection, fun with the card you can use to get yourselves wine, good food and good service I will definitely go back !

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.

1 review so far 5
29.04.2017 12:35

We visited The Kensington Wine Rooms at lunch time. The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff were helpful and friendly. There was a good choice of wines and our lunch was excellent!

1 review so far 3
16.05.2017 09:10

A little overpriced for what it's worth. The restaurant has an appealing upscale and relaxed feel to it. Asking one of the servers for their opinion on wine (she knew next to nothing) I was passed to the manager who was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very willing to let me sample a few before committing - I though this was a very nice touch. Unfortunately it was clear that his recommendations were only being made from the most expensive end of the wine list. The same applied to food. Overall: good wine, pleasant food, nice setting, and good service.....but, too expensive, particularly if you accept any recommendation

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 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
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
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 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.

1 review so far 5
26.04.2017 07:36

Good wine, good food, friendly service, nice atmosphere. There was this mistake with the cheque, but that was quickly adjusted, with many excuses. So all over we were very happy to have come here. And we definitely will come back!

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!

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 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.

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....

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
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 4
11.06.2017 07:40

Very nice people, food was ok but not extraordinary when I visted. The place was also a bit cold...the weather had been bad after days of good weather, so the heating was off, but I didn't feel fully at ease with a shirt

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
07.04.2017 07:28

Great service, food and wine. Relaxing pace of courses,, which is perfect to savor food and wine pairings. Highly recommend for couples or a treat yourself silk dinner.

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.

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
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 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.

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.

2 reviews 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 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
13.10.2016 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 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
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 5
21.04.2017 07:49

Second time there and I can only be enthusiastic about my second experience. Fantastic atmosphere, warm and professional service, great wine selection, good food. A bit too noisy, but who cares !!!

3 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.

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.

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 5
24.05.2017 20:10

Elegant food and an extensive wine list. The seared scallops with cauliflower were cooked to perfection and the Sea Bass with Potobello mushroom purée and braised cabbage was delicious. Highly recommended.

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 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
17.06.2017 09:37

A small but excellent menu and each dish is given a suggested wine pairing. The service is quick and adequate. Setting is a rustic English bar style which was lovely.

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.