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The Wine Library

4.5
4.5
71 Reviews
£26 to £40
French


Inspired by a typical cellar visit to growers in France where, after tasting, you are offered local cheeses and a hunk of pâté served with a baguette on an up-turned barrel and more wine! What more could you want. For our version we try and source the very best products using our connections in France, the finest farm house cheeses from Philippe Olivier in Boulogne, possibly one of the best cheese shops on the Planet! Game terrines, pâtés, rillettes and saucissons from the Loire Valley; award winning hams from Dorset and organic vegetarian quiches from Devon; along with some homemade seafood pates, vegetarian mousses or houmous served with crusty bread and biscuits. With this you get the added pleasure of choosing your wine from the carefully selected range in our cellar shop to go with it paying just a small corkage charge on top of the shop price.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7481 0415

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

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What 71 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.0Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. B

    Bill

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We finished off three different and very nice bottles of Rioja between two of us. The help yourself meats and cheese complimented it perfectly. Nice to chat to the owner who has been there since 1988.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s a city classic and a perfect hideaway. I love the fact it has not changed in 20years.

  3. GL

    GeorgeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Always a warm welcome and great advice on wines; lovely simple food. Just the ticket. In a different league from the typical "wine bar"

  4. NC

    NigelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fairly unique spot in the City and an excellent venue to catch up one on one or in a small group in what is a relaxed and informal setting. Food is simple but excellent quality and a decent selection of good wine at reasonable prices.

  5. CS

    ColinS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A wonderful range of wines sold at shop (rather than restaurant) prices (+ a little corkage) with an excellent (but limited) array of cold dishes (pates, cheeses antipasti etc). I've been going there for over 20 years. The wines are not supermarket plonk -- all well-chosen bottles from mainly smaller growers.

  6. BB

    BoBS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, excellent wines. Ambient setting. Would highly recommend it.

  7. RP

    RogerP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great experience for all wine and cheese lovers. A plentiful choice of wines that are reasonably priced but bears little resemblance to the final bill.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply the best wine location in The City

  9. ET

    ElTel

    Brighton

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Reliable for good wine and lunch buffet every time.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    The Wine Shop is absolutely excellent, great expertise and knowledge, beautifully laid out and accessible. The food, while pleasant, was rather disappointing. A buffet of dried meats, pate and cheese all of reasonable standard, but for £18.50 per head did not really represent good value for money. A cheese platter to accompany wine, yes, a meal, unfortunately no.

  11. MT

    MarkT

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always a very enjoyable visit - the wines that we had were perfect and outstanding value whilst the food was classically French and abundant.

  12. A

    Angyie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Amazing place! Wonderful staff and the best experience!

  13. P

    Phil

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience, browsing to choose your wine and then sitting in the vaulted cellar to enjoy it whilst snacking on a buffet of cheese, meats and salad.

  14. T

    Towny

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The perfect bolt hole for that discerning wine enthusiast

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely experience

  16. h

    hampshirehog

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Great place in the City to drink good wine at very reasonable prices.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere food and wine. A really unique experience

  18. PR

    PR21

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    An exceptional little place, very cosy lower ground wine bar, superb wines and delicious cheese and meats.

  19. KA

    KandA

    London

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    One of our very favourite places to while away an afternoon. Super, and well priced, wines and a tasty buffet spread. Just lovely!

  20. J

    Johnny

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great, as always! The food is more than adequate and the wine even better than the food!

  21. N

    Neils

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    First time back for 15 years and the concept was as good as then! Excellent buffet of French meats and cheeses and a wonderful selection of wine at a sensible price. Genuinely a fine and authentic establishment.

  22. SL

    SeldomLunches

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience3

    This is still a relatively unfound gem of a place, pairing numerous wines with some seriously tasty, if simple, pate and cheese. Worth booking to make sure of space.

  23. LD

    LeDap

    London

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Amazing range of fine wines selected by proprietor Peter and decanted where appropriate. Fresh glasses with each additional bottle. Excellent cheeses from Phillipe Olivier in Boulogne plus various pâtés cold meats and quiches provided at a fixed cost per head. Interesting cellar location near Tower Hill. Bottles displayed in shelves, chosen by customer and priced as retail plus corkage which means fine wines are relatively affordable.

  24. LD

    LeDap

    London

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The perfect formula for a wine bar. Great selection of wine, cheese from Philippe Olivier in Boulogne and an interesting selection of pâtés and meats. In depth advice on the wines when requested. Red wines decanted where appropriate.

  25. BS

    BrookeS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Ideal for sharing a bottle. Pick any wine in the shop (many to choose from) and pay a corkage fee. Small cheese, pate, crackers, salad, and quiche buffet enough for a light lunch or snack. Cozy atmosphere close to Tower of London.

  26. JM

    JMDenroute

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    I revisited the library after an absence of 20 years . Wine continues to be great value as is the concept ..But cost of food (still just cheese and cold meats with bread) removes the bouquet for the occasion

  27. J

    Johnny

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The best place around for a quiet, informal lunch with excellent & respectably priced wine to choose from the shelf!

  28. AW

    AngelaW

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2017

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Unique, quirky wine cellar where the focus is squarely on the wine. Choose a bottle from a wonderful range of wines from around the world, but especially France, and enjoy it in the small bar area. The food is very simple: cheese, pate, quiche and salad. It’s there to accompany the wine and perfectly fine but not the reason to go to this hidden gem. Low key, knowledgeable and friendly atmosphere We love this place.

  29. HH

    HHHI

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    The staff / owner were very knowledgeable and helped us choose a suitable bottle of wine form the vast choice in the "library". The lunch was buffet style and the cheese and pate selection good but the biscuits and bread were very ordinary. We liked the informality and the buzz of the place and felt it was good value for money. We would certainly return.

  30. N

    Nickel

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were a party of four and enjoyed this place very much. A place for silent talk, perfect wine selection and a splendid buffet. The service was excellent. Thank you.

  31. KA

    KandA

    London

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Just never disappoints. Good buffet spread, great wine choice, and relaxed friendly atmosphere. Perfect for a lunchtime catch up with friends

  32. KA

    KandA

    London

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Always a total pleasure to visit the Wine Library. Lovely grazing buffet lunch and a superb choice of well priced wines in a friendly relaxed hideaway right in Tower Hill. We've been many times and will be back many times too.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A REAL CITY INSTITUTION simply the best wine list in london - You choose or ask peter to recommend abd pay wine merchant prices plus cockage and treat yourself to some pate and cheese of which you wont taste in london

  34. MT

    MrTotD

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    I always enjoy coming here with friends and this visit was no exception - thank you

  35. BD

    BobD

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a great spot with a wonderful selection of wines from around the world. Choose your wine and then enjoy it with a nice little buffet including quiche, pate, cheeses, sliced meats and a variety of breads and crackers. This is a great place to spend an afternoon chatting with friends or your special someone. It's small, intimate and thoroughly enjoyable.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience3

    The Wine Library continues to serve up what it's always done. High quality wines at a price you won't find at any other restaurant, with a rustic style buffet of pates, cheeses, hams and salamis. I've never had a bad time here, staff are really friendly and knowledgeable about the wines if you need recommendations. It's not a place for a flashy business lunch, but as a little-known oasis of calm to enjoy good wine and food with a couple of chums it's unbeatable.

  37. FB

    FairyB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful for a little lunch over Wine! The wine choice was splendid and the food delicious - what is not to love

  38. KA

    KandA

    London

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This is one of our real favourites, and we keep going back for more. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, delicious buffet salad lunch, and a fabulous selection of varied and reasonably priced wines from around the world. Terrific!

  39. JK

    JoKC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I haven't been for ages and had forgotten how different the Wine Library is. Very reasonable price wise and fund to discuss the wine. Food ideal for that environment and a friendly and helpful team.

  40. J

    Johnny

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    An excellent venue for competitively priced good wine + excellent cheese/pâté buffet!

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The Wine Library is rated 4.5 stars by 71 OpenTable diners

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43 Trinity Square London, EC3N 4DJ

  • Neighborhood

    Tower Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

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