The Cork & Bottle - Paddington

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Contemporary European
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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KM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a fab lunch here. Really good choices of food and all tasty.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Ox cheeks were fantastic but the sides were average, we had green beans and polenta chips; fast service on both the drinks and meal order. Music was a little on the loud side however despite all these my friend and I had a lovely time.

BR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Reviews are not to be trusted for this place. The server informed us there was no chef and it would be at least 40 mins before he arrived. We were patient, when it came the food was reheated, my shepherd's pie was cold, the drinks were overpriced. The poor server kept apologising for what were management decisions. Don't eat here, there are better options in the neighbourhood.

S
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Like stepping back in time to the 80s! But in a good way! I really enjoyed the evening and I was hooking up with an old friend and simply wanted somewhere for some drinks and food, nothng too fancy, this turned out to be perfect. For a Friday night, it was not busy, although I had booked a table for two. Music was great, was from the 80s and 90s, fantastic and very extensive wine list, and great choice of food - sharing plates, nibbles/snacks, tapas style dishes or larger full plates, plus a very good selection of cheeses for those wines ... although, as many places seem to do, the cheese was served too cold - should be served at room temperature to get full flavours! Staff were friendly although the first waitress could not understand what I wanted when I ordered a gin & tonic! and had to get a colleague to come and help!

GT
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very welcoming. We didn't want to each very much but that was not a problem. Almost empty, though, on a Saturday evening

V
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Poor roast, loudish music and drunk neighbours. Not our kind of place. The service was attentive and my scallops were very good. Sorry I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. We also found the decor very dingy.

JB
London
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Lovely food and some interesting options on the menu

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the second time I visited this restaurant, as it is handy point close to my work. The reason I have come back is because the menu is unusual and very flavourful!

N
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was average for the price, perfectly acceptable. Service was awful, they forgot one of our mains despite the fact there were only two of us. Then after apologising and saying it would be free due to the delay, they still charged us.

NR
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff

MF
London
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice..Very attentive service.
Very nice setting and plenty of public transport.

SV
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very tasty, hot & well presented. The evening we went, there was a large party dining and as the venue is quite small and has wooden (?) floors and low ceiling, the noise level was quite high. Service was mixed: we were greeted, seated and offered water very promptly and our orders taken when we were ready. After our main course, we shared a cheese platter & ordered more drinks including a mint tea, which came promptly but the pint of beer and glass of wine ordered at the same time did not and we had to remind the waitress twice that they hadn't arrived. I think the prices, especially of the wine, were quite high even for London although the quality was excellent. Our bill for three, including service, was about £140.

AJ
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning snails & fresh fish, relaxed atmosphere, excellent wine choices and great service. Will definitely go back.

z
Milwaukee
123 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Very close to Paddington Station so very convenient. Nice interior, and food was very good and exceeded our expectations. The issue was the service - could not consistently identify who our server was, they seemed to keep switching around. and there was a significant language barrier with one server. We would have liked to order dessert but getting the rest of the meal ordered was such a challenge we gave up and just got the check instead. Still we do recommend this restaurant if you are near Paddington and looking for a good meal.

DY
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I love these restaurants, although the Leicester Square one is probably still my favourite for ambience. One top tip for this restaurant is to have more than 3 small pieces of soft bread with the baked camembert, but other than that, great!

J
London
97 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and friendly staff

AB
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was nice enough. Not hugely inspirational but enough choice to warrant the rating. Reasonable price. Friendly staff. Ok for a bear station business dinner. They try hard and that’s what counts.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have been here before and was expecting a lot more. The wines by the glass were uninspired and pricey. The first one was meant to be a Pinot but was definitely not and I sent it back. The others were average. Paying the same for a glass of wine as the retail price of a full bottle is really not acceptable. The steak I had was thin and tough. I will not visit this restaurant again

KS
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice ambience, good food and wine although service was a little slow at times.

LK
London
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very slow and poor service. Food was adequate. Didn't have either one of the wines we wanted. Took ages to be served and often forgot that we had ordered things. Disappointing.

g
London
35 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for very good wine and decent food. Nice ambience and just popping in for a glass of wine is welcomed.

T
London
14 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 !

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

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

c
London
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable meal and service was very good. Great venue to meet with a friend. Good location. Would recommend

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

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!

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

Nice lunch really good service and great wine

OT
London
14 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.

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

TB
London
11 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.

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.

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.

NS
London
2 reviews
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 !

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

Great place, offers both fantastic food and wine choices!

AM
London
4 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.

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.

OT
London
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.

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

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

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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