A taste of the Mediterranean in London at Cork & Bottle

Friday was a special night for me, I discovered my favourite new restaurant in London.

I’ve always had a love for antipasti, meat & cheese boards. Whether it’s because they remind me of Summer holidays abroad or family buffets at Christmas, there really is nothing better. Antipasti boards are sociable and casual, normally enjoyed over a bottle of wine and the constant vocal admiration over the variety of food in-front of you, such as the “tangy French cheese” you just tried for the first time and how well it “compliments the chutney.”

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Cork & Bottle have an extensive 34 page wine list

‘Cork & Bottle’ just off of Leicester Square is where I found paradise! Making my way down the spiral staircase I was greeted by a warm, cosy and bustling wine bar with every table in sight packed full. After-work glasses of wine were being had at the bar, whilst full blown meals were being enjoyed on the tables around us. The red tiled floor, wooden stools, quaint glass framed photos and bottles of wine decorating the room transported me to a different country in an instant.

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Despite it being incredibly busy, all of the staff were as polite as ever. As we waited, we eyed up all of the meats and cheeses in the ‘deli style’ counter.

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We were only made to wait twenty minutes for a table on a Friday night with no reservation. To our upmost surprise we were given the best table in the restaurant after the group before us left early – we were informed that normally it can take up to two weeks to book ‘the booth.” It must have been our lucky day!

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The booth

Tucked away from the main part of the wine bar and the restaurant we had the space all to ourselves.

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Whilst we sipped on a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, we read through the menu and really struggled to not over-order.

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We went for the duck liver pate to start and a selection of cheeses and the Cork & Bottle plate for a main to share – needless to say, we were stuffed.

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Duck liver pate

The lovely lady who served us offered to pick our cheeses for us and oh my, she did a good job. The “Vacherin” cheese found at the bottom of the cheese menu is the gooey, delicious mess that you can see  pictured below, it was like a brie but creamier and more rich, I would definitely recommend it.

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There was another antipasti plate to accompany the plate above (on the right), which took a little longer to prepare and included fried calamari and perfectly cooked duck

Cork & Bottle is my new favourite place and I’ll be back here very soon!

If you want to visit:

44-46 Cranbourn Street,
London WC2H 7AN
United Kingdom

13 Comments

  1. January 18, 2016 / 2:28 am

    Your pictures are stunning. The one of the booth is my personal fav. Great post. 🙂

    • TheHungryHedonist.org
      January 18, 2016 / 6:31 am

      Thanks so much!

  2. Janet Harris
    January 18, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Reminds us of Dad’s old restaurant Claret’s in Bath. Looks lovely only wish I could tuck in!

    • TheHungryHedonist.org
      January 21, 2016 / 5:02 pm

      We will definitely go here again and I’ll take you! The cheeses were incredible

  3. January 21, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    What a gorgeous blog! I live in the Boston area, but besides San Francisco, London is my next favorite city. Next time I fly over for a visit, I’m going to ask YOU where I should eat. Thanks for following me at roughwighting. Delightful to meet you.

    • TheHungryHedonist.org
      January 21, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      How very lovely of you, thanks so much! If I ever head to San Fran I’ll be doing the same to you 🙂

  4. January 22, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Hi! Thank you for following my site (Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food).
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    • TheHungryHedonist.org
      January 22, 2016 / 6:16 pm

      No problem 🙂 I love your blog! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. January 22, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I love French cheeses, with that intense but tasty and delicate flavor.
    I recommend taste with a delicious Argentine Malbec.
    Regards.

    • TheHungryHedonist.org
      January 22, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Malbec is currently my favourite! Used to be Shiraz but with cheese or a steak you are right, a Malbec is perfect 🙂

  6. January 27, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Ahhh I just found your blog! Thanks for following me on Bloglovin!
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    She and you would be fast friends.

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  7. January 30, 2016 / 2:05 am

    What a treat! And the best booth to top it off! How wonderful. I bet everything was amazing! 🙂

  8. July 5, 2016 / 6:13 am

    For a taste of the Mediterranean in London, LaLa Brasserie is only a 2-minute walk from Hammersmith Tube Station.

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