Having seen our weekend meal plans crash into a bottomless pit of inaction, we made a hasty call to see if we might be able to reserve a table at Noble Rot, a restaurant and wine bar situated very close to my regular hospital, The National, that I’ve been meaning to try for sometime … given how often we find ourselves in the area!
Noble Rot are in Lamb’s Conduit Street – just a few minutes wheeling from the National’s Day Clinic, aka my treatment drop-in centre, as well as being just a few minutes drive from the Sadlers Wells, another venue we regularly attend and, often, leave wanting a speedy supper before heading home.
Opportunity having arisen, it was all good news that Noble Rot were able to fit us in, that the wine bar is easily accessible, the street outside pedestrianised and easy wheeling, with parking, on Great Ormond Street, plentiful on a weekend evening.
Frankly, we couldn’t believe our luck, more so when tucking into the truly fabulous food brought up from the kitchen.
Okay, I should mention that the restaurant is downstairs and not accessible but the wine bar was immediately suggested as an option for the wheels. We were fine with being seated there. It was really pleasant, busy with a quiet buzz and we were looking for a casual but good supper rather than a ‘dining’ experience.
Having said that we did, in fact, get both because the food, as mentioned, well, it was way better than we’d expected … not that we had low expectations but … seriously, this was brilliantly cooked, succulent, yummy, mouthfuls of delicious, uncomplicated food.
I had monkfish with new potatoes, green beans and a sorrel sauce; D had guinea fowl, pearl barley with girolles and carrots. For dessert, my white peach and brillat-savarin cheesecake was to-die-for and D hoovered up his fruit tart.
Food that sounds so simple but we spent mouthful upon mouthful, exclaiming: this is just so good. And, the staff were really nice too. Generally, a most enjoyable and relaxing wind-down of an evening. Foodie bliss.
Maybe we were especially hungry, and consequently over-appreciative, but if this was their normal, we will most definitely be stopping off again.
Noble Rot Restaurant & Wine Bar
51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NB
0207 242 8963
PS Checkout the Noble Rot Magazine to see some fabulous illustrative artwork, two examples below, and read about their, and others, passion for wine.