Not far from Notting Hill Gate tube station sits Kensington Wine Rooms. One of three Wine Room establishments. The Kensington branch welcomes passers-by into a haven of fairy-lights, and shelves full of wine. We arrived at 6-ish on a Thursday evening, which turned out to be perfect as by 7 the bar area was starting to fill up.
My first impression was how inviting it is – cosy with the dim lights of the enomatic wine dispensers and twinkling fairy-lights both adding to the ambiance. Rather than gravitate towards the dispensers as I normally might, tonight my friend and I decided we would select from the great range of wines by the glass. I particularly love that they split their menu by taste – crisp & dry, aromatic, mineral & pure etc. It makes it so easy to select a wine, knowing that even if you’ve never tried it before it’s likely to complement your pallet, meaning you’re in for a treat! And what a treat we had. A crisp and dry Riesling, followed by a pure Soave and then a textured Prie Blanc; all helpfully recommended by the lovely team. In fact, we both loved the Riesling so much that we opted for another glass of it to finish off our night.
We had some great nibbles with our wine on this particular evening, but there is a generous dining room behind the bar with gorgeous-looking, rich-sounding food which seemed just as popular as the bar area as the evening went on.
I must admit, it wasn’t the cheapest evening with 175ml glasses around the £8-£11 mark, but they are definitely worth every penny for their price. I’d highly recommend stopping in here for an evening, it’s a particularly great location for a date but equally I had a wonderful night simply catching up with a friend.