Kensington Wine Rooms

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.

IMG_1085We 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.

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