Gordon's Wine Bar, Strand

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Not a pub, we know, but a wine bar with more charm and atmosphere than many of London's boozers (particularly those nearby); Gordon's is one of the most idiosyncratic drinking holes in town, its darkened alcoves a world away from your average pub interior. Yellowing newspapers from yesteryear adorn the walls, and candles plugged into dusty wine bottles provide the illumination. If Miss Haversham was in the licensing trade, this could have been the result. As for the choice of drinks, a wide range of both old and new world wines are available, though port or sherry (decanted from barrels above the bar) often feels the most appropriate tipple. Given the proximity to Trafalgar Square, it's no wonder the place is sometimes standing room only and sometimes not even that- hence only a three pint rating. So it's worth visiting at a quieter hour at the weekend to get a bit more space. Either that or get off work early and nab a table. Though take care entering from the side entrance - one false step and you'll be head first into the salad bar.
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04 May 2010
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Jack is spot on, as usual, in his review. I'm not sure (however!) that its popularity should lower this London drinking landmark from a 4 pint rating...What I would add, though, is that the best time of year for this place has to be Winter time.Coming in here out of the snow was quintessential cosiness. It is a shame,true, that EVERYONE has the same idea.

One thing I feel any establishment needs to keep in order, even one like Gordon's that glories in its sense of controlled decay, is the state of the toilets...especially when serving food as Gordon's does so obviously. Frankly, they don't.

That said, its a 4 pint rating from me.

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47 Villiers Street, Strand, London, WC2N 6NE
020 7930 1408

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