The Cork & Bottle - Paddington

4.4
73 reviews
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Our beliefs are simple - in a world full of so much terrific food and wine, why settle for a slab of quiche and a glass of boring plonk? Our food is innovative, fresh and tasty... and available at all hours. The wine list speaks for itself - "Legendary for its iconoclastic notes. It doesn"t necessarily tell you what the wine tastes like - you have to make your mind up. It's there to provoke interest", says Harpers, the wine trade magazine. As Barossa wine making supremo John Glaetzer puts it so succinctly, "Don, this is not just a wine list - it's a book". And a readable one at that!
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T
London
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, amazing wine selection carefully curated. Deserves more customers, service was tip top !

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The worst roast ever, unfortunately they ran out of roast and served us boiled potatoes, really disappointing

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant near the station, 2nd visit here,loved it. Relaxed and welcoming, good value for money. Lovely staff

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quiet pub meal and superlative food. High quality service... not too pushy. All round very happy customer. Thank you

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SG
London
118 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good local choice for relaxed evening. Spacious and not too noisy, despite being fairly busy, so good for a catch up. Amazing wine list - which we didn't take advantage of. Perfectly enjoyable food - not exciting, but fine. Possibly not doing the place full credit, as didn't have opportunity to try the cheese - or make the most of the wine!

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DG
London
56 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice lunch really good service and great wine

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OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

It's a cosy little restaurant. Staff was really pleasant and service was good. The vegetarian antipasto was a little disappointing as it didn't come with any fresh or marinated vegetables. Just starchy food with mayo. Cheeses and wine (organic rioja "eremita") were good. Would go back.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place excellent wind food was good snack portions were a tad small but great that it wasn’t packed out and easy for the station

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TB
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal with a couple of friends at the Cork & Bottle. The food was good and plentiful (I had the ham and cheese pie and mash, my friends had the burger and the linguine). The wine list is endless and the waiter was very attentive, friendly and knowledgable. It's also very close to Paddington station which made it very convenient for us. Would go back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, really friendly staff, good choice of wines. I wish we could have stayed to try the cheese.

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SL
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food and wine. A great find for us. My husband has particular dietary requirements which they catered to brilliantly.

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NS
London
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time there to celebrate my husband's birthday. Amazing cheese and wine, we will happily come back !

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, offers both fantastic food and wine choices!

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AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Been to C&B a couple of times, great wine list let down this time by average service - literally had to go flag someone down every time to order more wine/ food/ glasses etc. Food fine but not outstanding - charcuterie/ cheese platters good, if a bit dry, limited cooked food we had was on the low side of expectations - chilli squid was soggy rather than crisp, but edible. Also music overly loud.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with my girlfriend for her birthday. 3 course and a bottle of wine ~ £100, great value, great food, great wine, great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ambiance is just right usually but marked down as it was a little empty on this visit so lacked atmosphere.

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Well worth a visit. Top food and wine

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SP
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and wine. Fantastic choice of cheese. Staff were friendly and helpful. It was a lovely unrushed evening.

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MO
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was ok!.Nothing to write home about,portions were small,Desserts and puddings expensively priced.
Some options not available.
Service was good though.

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MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome, good food cooked fresh, good price, beer on tap, great wines, excellent service, near Paddington Station so a great find. Good attentive staff.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere, nice background music, realy good wine and friendly staff. I’ll definitely come again.

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s
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is wonderful and it feels comfortable and they make you feel welcome.

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KD
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a nice meal here before catching the train at Paddington

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WK
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice experience at the Cork & Bottle for a business meeting with clients. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was scrumptious - most of us had Soup of the Day followed by a Salmon main. Wine was also delicious and there was plenty of choice.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I marked this was a business lunch on my booking so generally you have an hour; we waited nearly 40mins to get our food. The place was empty as well so unsure why the food took so long. Food was good and waitress friendly but there was no apology for the long wait which was disappointing.

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PE
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Sunday roast beef; best Yorkshire puddings I've had for a long time; gravy not bad either!

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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant with good food, nothing fancy but good value and quick service

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n
London
44 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly pleasant, quiet, professional and quaint in an area with a lot of chain places and rubbish nearby for tourists at Paddington!
Would go back

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s
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the feel and the wine and food selection was perfect for both locals and visitors

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R
London
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The waiting staff and kitchen manager were particularly helpful with our table as we had 2 guests with food allergies. I would like to thank them again for the care they took to make sure the meal was safe.

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KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I chose this as I was meeting a colleague and Paddington was convenient for us both. We weren’t disappointed - both the atmosphere and the food were good.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good meal and service. We were given a quiet corner for a business meal. However, the restaurant was almost empty. Value was reasonable, although wines are pricey - I am used to the suburbs nit central London.

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SB
Edmonton
41 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The Sunday Roast dinner was excellent. The roast was tender, the Yorkshire pudding delicious and the veggies and roast potatoes superb.....the service however was not as good. The bread (supposed to be warm and our server apologized that it arrived with our meal because it took longer to warm up than expected - it was cold) was to be a starter but wasn't, the table was dreadfully small and couldn't accommodate a wine bottle, dishes and glasses for water so some were perched next to me on the bench seat. We waited almost 30 minutes for our bill and it appeared that though they tried to do their best, it was junior wait staff tending the restaurant on a Sunday evening...and it was getting busier as we were leaving.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly staff.

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GB
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxed meal with good service and reasonable menu accompanied by good wine and drinks selection

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SB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location and the steak was of high quality and a great price.
The pudding (c&b mess) was very good.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Decent venue for an after-work pint. However, we wanted dinner and to talk. Unfortunately, the place was so noisy that we had to abort and find somewhere else. The staff were good about it, though. In reality, this is a pub for drinking, not sitting down for food.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, nice people but best of all an outstanding wine list. Will definitely be back.

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a
London
208 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Useful venue near Paddington Station which otherwise is not noted for culinary delights. This place is a cross between a wine bar and a casual restaurant. Inside the semi-rustic setting, there are a few "snugs" so quite good for couple-type lunches. Service was relaxed but quite attentive. We enjoyed the red wine (15 degree alcohol) though I found the dishes a mite disappointing (my friend liked them). I think we would go again, and mainly for thw wine rather than for the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Easy simple bistro meal

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