About The Quality Chop House
The Quality Chop House has an easy charm. You can drink by the glass, bottle or coravin specials in the bar (Parisian style, black and white tiles, bistro chairs) with a few small plates or go for the à la carte in the restaurant section, seated on the original wooden pews that make cosy booths. The grade ll listed Victorian decor is fully preserved with a contemporary polish from the new team who brought it back to life in 2012. The menu takes the best from Britain then adds the best from Europe, service is slick but relaxed and they have a butchers/deli/wine shop next door (Quality Wines) which turns into a bar in the evening. The main wine list is concise but perfectly formed. Real winos should ask for the single bottle list, sourced from well chosen merchants, auctions and private cellars, which is where things get interesting. Style-wise the list is a balanced of classics and off the beaten path, plus the best from the New World, quality paramount at all price points. QCH is a uniquely London gem and a bit of an industry haunt. It feels local but is very much worth crossing town for.
By Ruth Spivey
£20, max 2 bottles, free on Monday