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The Kensington Wine Rooms
Ranked #4,155 of 23,992 Restaurants in London
Price range: $14 - $56
Cuisines: European, Wine Bar
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Decent food, reasonably priced, the rare steaks were rare, helpful staff, well worth a visit; a tad noisy, but I suppose that equates to a cheerful atmosphere, and happy diners/drinkers

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1  Thank doddsley
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

A very small place but well worth a visit. I hadn't even realised that there was a restaurant at the back and had only previously been to the front wine bar. I loved the fact that you can have a glass of a suggested wine to go with each course, fitting in with the fact that the place does a lot of wine tastings as well as being a wine bar and restaurant. This is what we did and it added a really interesting element to the meal. What was most impressive though was the quality of the food, which really was a revelation. I simply wasn't expecting such wonderful food, so beautifully presented. The service is really friendly and attentive as well and the room, though small, is comfortable and chic. Highly recommended.

2  Thank CaspiaPam
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

From the moment you walk in you get the feeling that this is a great place with a casual and social atmosphere. All the staff were helpful and very knowledgeable about the wines on offer. We had some great help and advice from Oliver, who helped explain the extensive wines on offer whilst also introducing us to some of the other wines that were available to buy.

For something quite different to other establishments, the concept is straight forward and easy to get used to: loading money onto a card (performed by the staff), which you can then spend at your leisure at any Enomatic wine dispensing machine, offering a vast selection of wines from all over the world. You have the option to either sample the wine first, and then have a medium or large glass (all at varying costs)

The food was also very good, a nice selection is available ranging from a Tapas menu or something more substantial if needed. The Cote de boeuf really was exceptional and should be considered when thinking about a dish to share.

Overall a really great place, and one I plan to revisit more than once throughout the festive season!

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3  Thank LeeSD
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Let's just start by saying that this isn't a cheap experience. You can taste some very expensive wines with moderate outlay, but the range is excellent. I visited this venue with a friend who is also a wine-lover and we both had a most enjoyable evening. The concept is that you purchase a card and load this with the amount you wish to spend, and then select wines from a variety of bottles that are held in what can only be described as the world's best vending machine. You can choose from a small or large glass, or simply a taste and the price is displayed based on the price of the wine. Prices ranged from £1 up to £5.50 for tasters but the fact that you can choose small tasters of some very expensive wine allows you to experience these wines without the risk of investing huge sums. Needless to say, we enjoyed this part of the experience very much.
We also decided to have a meal and chose the most expensive item on the menu, Côte de boeuf, sautéed tats and green beans for two to share. This was probably the best steak we had ever had, cooked to perfection. The people working in the restaurant were able to recommend wines based on our tastings, and were even able to suggest wines to compliment our lovely steak. Being able to have a small taster of certain wines allowed us to experiment until we found our own preference, at which point we bought a full glass.
The staff were exceptionally friendly, and we even spent a great portion of our time here talking to the manager who was more than happy to talk fine wine and gourmet food.
We had only planned to have a meal and maybe a couple of glasses before returning home, but instead we ended up spending the entire evening having a thoroughly enjoyable time.
As I mentioned, it's not a cheap night out, but you can spend a lot less than we did. Saying that, being able to indulge once every so often is one of lifes great pleasures. I can say without hesitation that I will be back to sample some more excellent wine and food from this fantastic venue.

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3  Thank sidned
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Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

A very inviting wine bar with lots of choices and reasonable prices. Nice people around and good background music. The candle lights also help creating a nice atmosphere.

The clerk was rather impolite, but I thought okay, seen it many times. But wen it comes close to closing time, masks got dropped. We were having our last drinks when that bald guy almost threw the bill on our table. And this is only the beginning. Then he comes to clean the empty tables. And he starts SPRAYING the adjacent tables (30cm away from ours) with some industrial cleaning solution, smelling like cheap toilet cleaner. So you're paying £8 for a glass of wine and instead of a tasting experience, you feel that you're in a car wash. And he did that near every customer, 5-6 tables with customers at the time.

Some people just cannot be polite. That was it. Never again.

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2  Thank Michael P
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