The best short wine lists in the UK 2021

Here is the guide to the best spots in the UK with shorter wine lists. These venues were all finalists in UK Star Wine List of the Year 2021. Check out all the venues and the winning wine lists!

  1. Phone: +44 20 7254 8805

    Address: 60 Broadway Market, London

    Best Short List of the Year UK 2021

    A unique venue – a whole carcass, rare breed butchers shop by day that turns into a neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar by night. It’s tiny inside with bar stools around a perimeter dining ledge and the shared table/butcher's block in the centre. Unsurprisingly it’s meat-focused with a selection of tasty, seasonal sides and snacks. It’s an original and ideal spot for an informal but quality-driven supper. The simple yet skilful cooking allows the unexpectedly brilliant wine list to shine. A real gem.

  2. Phone: +44 20 7486 7922

    Address: 15-17 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London

    Best Short List of the Year UK 2021

    Part wine-bar, part restaurant the decor has a stylish, rustic-industrial feel. Serving modern European cuisine, 28°-50° has more than 30 wines constantly on by the glass and a large bottle list, as well as a Collector’s List from private cellars. The space features a ‘workshop’ where they regularly host wine tastings and themed wine dinners, so there’s lots on offer whether it be a business drink, a dinner date or a night out with friends.

  3. Address: 4 Redchurch St, London

    Best Short List of the Year UK 2021

    New and rightfully popular Basque-inspired, wood-fired grill restaurant on the first floor above Smoking Goat (an equally excellent but separate entity – and Thai). Housed in a decommissioned East end strip club, it looks more like a smart old man’s London pub with wood panels and original features. Wine is obviously a focus – empty bottles sit above the front door and line the corridor to the stairs. The specialty is of course Turbot (Brat) alongside quality cuts of meat, whole game birds and clean, superlatively sourced sides – all simply but expertly cooked.

  4. Phone: +44 20 7739 4443

    Address: 18 Phipp St, London

    Best Short List of the Year UK 2021

    Leroy is a wine bar & restaurant in London's Shoreditch from Sommeliers Ed Thaw and Jack Lewens. It opened shortly after their original venture Ellory in Hackney closed in March of 2018. As well as sharing a name with two great producers (Richard in the Loire, Lalou in Burgundy) Leroy was serendipitously one of their pet names for Ellory, since many people were unable to pronounce it correctly. Inside it’s light but cosy, simply decorated with some elegant wine prints on the wall. The menu aims for simplicity and flavour – food that is thoughtful but not showy. Leroy is a place to stop in for...

  5. Phone: +44 20 7436 3261

    Address: 113 Great Portland Street, London

    Best Short List of the Year UK 2021

    The wine list at one-star Portland is given just as much attention as the menu and changes almost as frequently. The wine buying team scour old cellars, auctions and off the beaten-path wine merchants to create one of the best mid-sized lists in town (120-bins) celebrating wine in all its diversity. In the cellar you will find natural skin-contact wines mingling with red-trousered claret and everything in between. The food is innovative European, served with the buzzy vibe now commonplace amongst 21st century no-table-cloth-star-holders. As well as the textbook examples, they deliver value v...

  6. Phone: +44 20 8127 7330

    Address: 193 Hackney Rd, London

    Best Short List of the Year UK 2021

    Sager + Wilde put the cool and the hip into London’s wine bar scene back in 2013, following a successful pop up the year before. The interior has elements of both wine and cocktail bar, housed in a small converted East End pub on trendy Hackney Road. The staff is knowledgeable, passionate and very relaxed. The wine list features lots of interesting options by the glass and a keenly priced long reserve list of some of the great and most interesting wines on offer in London today. To eat there’s cheese, charcuteries, and their famous grilled chilled sandwich. All in all, a really fun place that’...