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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.
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.
Excellent wines by the glass, great atmosphere and great service and great food. Really highly recommended if you enjoy good wine, very much worth it
A really terrific meal. We had the beef for two with the recommended Bordeaux. Medium rare was perfect. Potatoes, salad, ice cream, it was all excellent. And great service, too!
We had a lovely evening with perfect service, exquisite food, exciting wine, relaxing and welcoming environment! Strongly suggested if you want something different from the main street razzle+dazzle.
There was a pleasant atmosphere, the waiter was very helpful, and the food was delicious. We will definitely return when we are next in London.
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.
Atmosphere was nice. Food was good when it arrived - though we needed to remind the waiter numerous times for some dishes, and the olives never arrived - though we were charged for them. There was a problem with the wine dispenser for the large glass. It was plunked down on the table at the same volume as the small glasses with no explanation. We mentioned it to the waiter who then did a manual pour to top up, but it was very unclear if it was the right amount. A service charge of 12.5% was added for our lackadaisical, inattentive service. Would I go back? Possibly, if I was standing outside the door and wanted a glass of wine and a nibble. Otherwise, there are a lot of alternatives with less hassle nearby.
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!
Lovely wine and nice bites to eat Unfortunately , after having a lovely time and being served by a really nice waitress, we were met by rudeness from the manager that literally turned to us and said:” you have to leave now “. Of course we were having a very good conversation and as it happens were just waiting on our taxis to arrive ( since, once lights were up we had gotten the hint it was closing). The chock was as we were leaving and walked to the other room the place was still kinda full and no one looked like they were leaving any time soon. My question is why would he be so rude to us and clearly hadn’t bother with anyone else. So yes go there for sure but be ready to meet a less friendly service from management which makes a lovely night slightly bitter.
I requested a table by the window.. though on arriving all the places by the window were taken. The staff were extremely attentive and friendly. The food (calamari as starter and onglet steak) were delicious combined with the recommendation of wine.. the desert Umathum was so delicious (recommended by a member of the staff) that I bought a bottle to take it with me back home!! Most definitely recommended..
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.