Noble Rot are winners in the Red Wine-Serving Restaurant category, celebrating establishments that still champion the red grape.
‘Sex & Drugs & Pinot Noir’ is the strapline of the magazine that became the restaurant, and that is now available printed on rather stylish tote bags. It’s hard not to fall in love with Noble Rot, the restaurant and bar opened on the former site of Vats, a wine bar of the old school, with crap cooking and a clientele of ruddy-faced men in chalk stripe suits, on London’s Lambs Conduit Street.
Noble Rot has retained some of that louche charm but its clientele – ‘Rotters’ – lack the red corduroys and matching complexion, although thankfully they do not lack for red wine. Because although Noble Rot has been a driving force in making wine bars cool again, it does not fall into the trap – as so many fashionable new wave restaurants and wine bars do – of championing white wine over red. Which is worth raising a glass of claret to.