Noble Rot Soho Wine List
About Noble Rot Soho
Noble Rot Soho is the second venue from the team behind the wine magazine and Bloomsbury bar/restaurant of the same name, installed in the former home of the Gay Hussar, the iconic Soho restaurant loved by politicians and writers, established in 1953.
There’s no bar space here, instead two classy but cosy restaurant floors and a stylish private dining room up top. ‘Old Soho’ is reflected in the interior with proper wooden furniture; antique mirrored walls and vintage decanters line the length of the walls along a ceiling height shelf give full bistro glamour. The first floor features wall-sized murals of Soho at night time, painted by the same artist responsible for the Political cartoon portraits that lined the ground floor of Gay Hussar and a walk in glass wine cellar.
The menu is a European bistro in style, with a few nods to the Hungarian Hussar classics – game stuffed cabbage leaves, beef shin goulash. There’s snacks to share or graze, plus starters/mains/desserts if you want a proper meal, including a show piece finale of Armangnac Baba with an 1869 Extra Vieille Armangnac upgrade.
If there’s somewhere you won’t go hungry, thirsty or unwelcomed, it’s here.
About the Noble Rot Soho Wine List
The wine list follows a similar format to their original on Lamb’s Conduit Street. Several hundred bins, listed by region that also takes style into consideration, eg. ‘Beaujolais, Burgenland & Jura - Gamay, Trousseau, Blaufrankisch & similar’ or ‘Loire and Loire Inspired’.
Despite a lean towards the Old World, the best of the New is far from overlooked. Diversity is key and as such it’s hard to sum up a ‘Noble Rot wine’ – the best bottles made by the most interesting people from the world’s greatest regions, perhaps? The list is full of them, featuring many producers that have graced the pages of the magazine and would tick many a wine lover’s bucket list (Jacques Selosse, Frederic Mugnier, Emidio Pepe, Cecile Tremblay, Auguste Clape, to name a few). A few iconic estates and domaines get multiple listings (Penfold’s, Tempier, Trevallon, Chave, PYCM).
Co-owner and MW Mark Andrew’s interest and knowledge of Greek wines is reflected, plus 40 or so Grower Champagnes and a ‘Coravin list’ of special bottles by the glass. The glassware is on point, the staff passionate and prepped. The main by the glass list is 8 of each colour, plus sparkling/rose/sweet, with 75ml pours available. Wine starts at a £5 for 125ml.
Corkage: £25 per 750ml bottle, £50 per magnum