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.”
‘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.
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.
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!
Tucked away from the main part of the wine bar and the restaurant we had the space all to ourselves.
Whilst we sipped on a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, we read through the menu and really struggled to not over-order.
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.
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.
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