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13 Restaurant Wine Lists Fit for Royalty

Romantic wine destinations across the United Kingdom
The Vineyard serves British cuisine and a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list like its sister restaurant, the Winepress.
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The Vineyard serves British cuisine and a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list like its sister restaurant, the Winepress.

Posted: May 10, 2018

Updated: June 22, 2018

No matter where you live, it’s easy to get swept away in the romance of Britain’s royal weddings. In May, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in an extravagant affair that surely featured equally extravagant wines. But with these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners, you don’t need to be the Queen of England to drink like royalty. Check out 13 U.K. destinations where wine lists are the crowning glory.

To check out more wine-and-food destinations around the world, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,700 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 91 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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Jean Cazals
Clos Maggiore is a celebration of classic French cuisine.

CLOS MAGGIORE
A Grand Award–winning list in an enchanting atmosphere
33 King St., London, England
(44) 207-379-9696
www.closmaggiore.com
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Grand Award
Wine list selections 2,000
Inventory 35,000
Wine strengths Owner and wine director Paul Corrett oversees the wine list, which excels in Burgundy and Bordeaux—with top classified growths and grands crus—as well as the Rhône, Italy, Champagne, California and Australia.
Cuisine The French-focused wine list presents plenty of opportunity for pairing with chef Marcellin Marc’s Provence-inspired menus. À la carte options include Loire Valley rabbit shoulder with sweet-and-sour black radish and whole-grain mustard mousseline, fresh pappardelle with truffle sauce, and chicken stuffed with duck livers and morels.
Burgundy on a budget The wine list features a section titled “Big Little Burgundy under £100,” with producers such as Thibault Liger-Belair and René Bouvier that aims to make the region’s wines more accessible.
From wholesale to hospitality A London wine wholesaler, Corrett opened Clos Maggiore as a restaurant in a single townhouse. Six years later, he purchased the entire building and redesigned it as a stylish country inn.
Dreamy dining rooms Clos Maggiore's decor is a French fantasy, with hedges lining the walls and silk apple blossoms hanging overhead. A glass atrium roof slides open in the summer, and a wood fireplace warms the space during winter.


The Greenhouse
The Greenhouse’s dining room is inspired by the surrounding garden.

THE GREENHOUSE
Top-tier wines in a serene setting
27A Hay’s Mews, Mayfair, London, England
(44) 207-499-3331
www.greenhouserestaurant.co.uk
Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday

Grand Award
Wine list selections 3,500
Inventory 15,000
Wine strengths Managed by head sommelier Elvis Ziakos, the wine list features many of Burgundy’s top names across a range of vintages and vineyards. There’s an outstanding collection of Bordeaux with plenty of verticals, and additional strengths in the Rhône, Italy, Champagne, Australia, California, Germany and Spain.
Cuisine Chef Arnaud Bignon’s high-end French tasting menus are available in three courses for $120 or six courses for $150. There is also a “discovery” menu for $174 showcasing Bignon’s latest inspirations, as well as vegetarian options.
Garden charm Guests enter the restaurant through a tree-lined pathway in a garden filled with stone sculptures. The dining room itself reflects the theme, with gentle green hues and miniature sculptures on each table.
Celebration destination Private dinners are hosted in a specially designed room, and there are 10 pages of magnum bottles on the wine list.
Something for everyone While the wine list is expensive overall, there are several value bottles in regions such as Spain, Australia and New Zealand.


Bleeding Heart
The Bleeding Heart group includes the Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurant, plus a bistro and tavern.

BLEEDING HEART
A French restaurant serving fine food and wine for more than 30 years
3 Bleeding Heart Yard, London, England
(44) 207-421-4121
www.bleedingheart.co.uk
Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 350
Inventory 10,000
Wine strengths The moderately priced wine list is strongest in France, Italy and Spain. Wine director Christopher Delalonde also includes a variety of New World labels from Australia, New Zealand and more.
Cuisine Chef Julian Marshall’s menu is thoroughly French, from starters such as rabbit and herb terrine and entrées like sautéed calf’s liver.
Vintner proprietors The restaurant is owned by Robert and Robyn Wilson, founders of New Zealand’s Trinity Hill.
Multipurpose destination In addition to Bleeding Heart restaurant, the property also includes a more casual bistro and tavern from the same owners, each with extensive wine collections.


The Don
The Don serves seasonal dishes like crab meat on baked flatbreads with an herb vinaigrette.

THE DON
From Sherry cellar to French wine destination
The Courtyard, 20 Saint Swithins Lane, London, England
(44) 207-626-2606
www.thedonrestaurant.co.uk
Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 600
Inventory 7,500
Wine strengths Wine director Christopher Delalonde’s program excels in France, with top producers from classic regions across the country.
Cuisine Chef Frederic Forster draws inspiration from an array of European cuisines, primarily French, to create dishes like confit rabbit and roasted monkfish tail with mussel ragout.
Historic spot for Sherry The restaurant is located in the former site of the major Port and Sherry brand, Sandeman, serving as the company’s cellar from 1798 to 1969. Today the wine list honors those roots with several Sandeman selections including a 1978 Vintage Port.
Adaptable for any occasion In addition to the main dining room, the Don features a downstairs bar area, a bistro and multiple private dining spaces.


Les 110 de Taillevent
Les 110 de Taillevent is the sister restaurant of Grand Award winner Le Taillevent in Paris.

LES 110 DE TAILLEVENT
An immersive French dining experience in England
16 Cavendish Square, London, England
(44) 20-3141-6016
www.les-110-taillevent-london.com
Open for lunch, Monday to Friday and dinner, Monday to Saturday

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 1,300
Inventory 14,300
Wine strengths Overseen by wine director Antoine Pétrus, the selections are mostly French, highlighting Burgundy, the Rhône and the Loire. However, there are a variety of wines from Italy and Spain, plus a handful of labels from Austria, Greece, Lebanon, Morocco and beyond.
Cuisine Chef Raphaël Grima executes classic French cuisine through traditional dishes like lobster risotto, bouillabaisse and duck pie.
Pairing perfection From the list of 110 wines by the glass, Pétrus has identified four picks in four different price ranges specifically to match each dish. The innovative format allows guests to enjoy a pairing that fits their mood and budget.
Star sibling Les 110 de Taillevent is the sister restaurant of Le Taillevent in Paris, which holds the Grand Award for 2,300 selections with strengths in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhône, Loire and Alsace.
Parisian luxury in London The space’s grandeur is reminiscent of the Paris restaurant, with available outdoor seating on an adjacent terrace.


Northcote
Northcote is a boutique hotel with 26 rooms and a French-focused wine list.

NORTHCOTE
An intimate luxury hotel with exceptional wines
Northcote Road, Langho, Ribble Valley, Lancashire, England
(44) 1254-240-555
www.northcote.com
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 600
Inventory 2,500
Wine strengths The wine program shines in Burgundy, Spain, Champagne and Italy. Managing director Craig Bancroft also champions Portuguese wines, offering more than 40 labels from producers such as Quinta do Crasto and Niepoort.
Cuisine The regional menu by chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen highlights British ingredients in dishes like English veal liver and Goosnargh duck. The restaurant also offers local plant-based menus.
High-end accommodations Surrounded by the natural beauty of rural Lancashire, the boutique hotel features 26 bedrooms that are each uniquely styled. A recent renovation included the addition of Louis Roederer private dining rooms where chef Goodwin-Allen’s cuisine is paired with the Champagne, along with cocktails and more.
Food lover’s fantasy Northcote hosts a chef’s table experience where guests can dine with a full view of the kitchen and an onsite culinary school with courses covering a range of techniques and skill levels.


Park House
Park House offers a wine list of 1,800 selections with strengths including Australia and Champagne.

PARK HOUSE
A lengthy wine list in a historic home
20 Park Place, Cardiff, Wales
(44) 292-022-4343
www.parkhouserestaurant.co.uk
Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 1,800
Inventory 24,000
Wine strengths Wine director Adam Pledger’s selections are strongest in Australia, Champagne and New Zealand, but also stand out in Italy, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Spain.
Cuisine In the old-fashioned home, chef Andrew Frost creates contemporary French dishes that change seasonally, such as Iberico suckling pig with asparagus, wild garlic and morels for spring.
Lengthy by-the-glass list The wine program features more than 45 wines by the glass from regions around the world including Chile, Australia and Canada.
Longstanding space Park House is located in a Gothic-style mansion built in 1874.


Seven Park Place by William Drabble
Seven Park Place by William Drabble boasts a lengthy wine list and an ultra-intimate space.

SEVEN PARK PLACE BY WILLIAM DRABBLE
A hotel-restaurant for Old World wine lovers
St. James’s Hotel & Club, 7-8 Park Place, London, England
(44) 20-7316-1615
www.stjameshotelandclub.com/restaurants-bar
Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 1,010
Inventory 5,200
Wine strengths Wine director Gonzalo Rodriguez Diaz manages the program, which is strongest in French regions like Burgundy and Bordeaux, as well as Italy, Spain and Germany. The wine list focuses on classic regions but features some rare picks like still whites from Coteaux Champenois.
Cuisine Chef William Drabble’s menu unites French techniques and British ingredients for signature dishes such as poached native lobster tail and seared foie gras with poached Yorkshire rhubarb.
Exclusive atmosphere The restaurant has two sommeliers for just nine tables, allowing for more attentive service and a truly intimate dining experience.
Historic hotel St. James’ Hotel and Club was established in 1857 for traveling diplomats. In the heart of Mayfair, the boutique hotel is a luxury oasis with easy access to attractions such as Buckingham Palace and Bond Street.


The Vineyard
The Vineyard’s on-site cellar houses 30,000 bottles.

THE VINEYARD
Eat, sleep and drink wine
Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire, England
(44) 163-552-8770
www.the-vineyard.co.uk
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 3,000
Inventory 30,000
Wine strengths Wine director James Hocking’s program focuses on California but is also strong in Burgundy, Italy and Bordeaux, with an impressive collection of German wines. The Vineyard features 100 wines by the glass, including one “iconic wine” that changes monthly. Hocking is also the wine director at the Winepress, which is operated by the same owner.
Cuisine Chef Robby Jenks offers a variety of à la carte and tasting menu options including a vegetarian menu and a California-inspired menu with dishes like veal carpaccio and chicken, bacon, feta and pineapple salad.
Enophile owner The Vineyard’s California focus is due in part to its owners, the Michael family, of Peter Michael Winery. The first three pages of the wine list feature a comprehensive selection, including a 12-vintage vertical of Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley.
Wine-inspired stay The hotel provides the ultimate wine lover’s getaway, with private tastings, spa treatments and multiple wine classes including a course taught by head sommelier Romain Bourger. Plus, each of the hotel’s 49 rooms is named after a wine, like the La Carriére grand suite.


The Winepress
The Winepress’ wine list has strengths in New World regions of California and South Africa.

THE WINEPRESS
An eclectic wine list in a luxury resort
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, Donnington, Newbury, Berkshire, England
(44) 163-555-1199
www.donningtonvalley.co.uk
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 400
Inventory 3,990
Wine strengths France is the strongest region on the wine list, which also excels in California, Italy and South Africa. Wine director James Hocking oversees the program, and sommelier Chris Neeves peppers the list with educational tidbits to help guide guests.
Cuisine The seasonal menu by chef Darren Booker-Wilson is filled with wine-friendly dishes like sea trout ceviche and tarragon poached chicken.
Highlighting hidden gems A frequently updated page of sommelier selections introduces lesser-known picks, while more than 45 wines by the glass encourage experimentation.
Obscure options For more adventurous wine lovers, there are several wines from Thailand, India and Japan.
Tea time with bubbly During the restaurant’s afternoon tea service on Saturdays and Sundays, guests can pair the selection of finger sandwiches with a glass of Prosecco or Taittinger Champagne.


The Woodspeen
The Woodspeen’s sun-drenched space has a sleek yet cozy atmosphere.

THE WOODSPEEN
Serious wine and cuisine in a quaint countryside setting
Lambourn Road, Woodspeen, Newbury, England
(44) 01635-265070
www.thewoodspeen.com
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Best of Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 750
Inventory 4,000
Wine strengths Wine director Edoardo Amadi’s eclectic list is strongest in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, Champagne and California. The program also includes regions like Lebanon, Argentina and Turkey, as well as several English selections.
Cuisine Chef Peter Eaton executes the menu of seasonal British dishes and sharable plates.
From country to contemporary The bright, airy space that houses the Woodspeen was renovated from a small country pub.
Seasoned chef-owner John Campbell worked at Best of Award of Excellence winner the Vineyard before opening the Woodspeen.


BIG EASY - CANARY WHARF
A boozy, buzzing spot for food, wine and music
1 Crossrail Place, Unit Cr2, Level 1, Canary Wharf, London, England
(44) 203-841-8844
www.bigeasy.co.uk
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 140
Inventory 2,000
Wine strengths Wine director Edoardo Amadi created the inexpensive list of Old and New World wines from around the globe. The strongest region is France, featuring classics like Gevrey-Chambertin and Château Latour alongside values like Bordeaux Supérieur.
Cuisine Chef Stefan Pflaumer’s fare ranges from Texas-style barbecued meats to fresh local seafood. The menu’s diversity means exciting discoveries when it comes to wine pairings.
Three wine-loving locations Big Easy’s other outposts—Covent Garden and King’s Road Chelsea—also serve the Award of Excellence–winning wine list of 140 selections.
Live music nightly The restaurant’s resident artists perform sets every night, driving home the theme of American backyard barbecue.


Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain
Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain is named for the artist who painted the dining room mural.

REX WHISTLER RESTAURANT, TATE BRITAIN
Stellar wines in a historic museum restaurant
Tate Britain Art Gallery, Millbank, London, England
(44) 20-7887-8825
www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/rex-whistler-restaurant
Open for lunch, daily

Award of Excellence
Wine list selections 300
Inventory 1,300
Wine strengths France is the star of the list, which is overseen by Hamish Anderson, but regions such as Germany and Italy are also highlighted.
Cuisine Chef Alfio Laudini serves a tasting menu of two courses for $36 or three courses for $44. Dishes include cod dumplings, honey-glazed duck breast and market fish with shellfish ragout.
Artistic setting The restaurant is housed in Tate Britain, a renowned London art museum. It’s named for the late English artist Rex Whistler, who painted the sprawling mural featured in the space.
Lunch-friendly options To accommodate daytime guests at the lunch-only eatery, there are nearly 50 half-bottles available and at least 15 by-the-glass pours that change seasonally.


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