8 of London’s best new restaurants for wine

8. Lorne

Cursive text, soft pastel colours, a plethora of plants and simple green hue – if Lorne had an aura it would be calm and tranquil. Five minutes walk from Victoria station, which ironically is decidedly un-tranquil, it is part of a recent flurry of gastronomic ventures that have sprung up in this once culinary wasteland.

Its wine list is headed up by sommelier Katie Exton, formerly of The Square, who opened Lorne earlier this year alongside ex-The Square chef Peter Hall serving modern British dishes such as mackerel with ratte potatoes, cucumber and nasturtium.

Its wine list, much like its decor, is simple and unfussy, and all the better for it. Its by-the-glass and carafe menu is short and concise, with a good range prices, interesting whites and reds, including a £9 Chardonnay from Kumeu River and a bold Xinomavro from Naoussa in northern Greece. Notably its by the glass offer begins with a Beaujolais at £4.50 – an increasing rarity in London. Its by the bottle menu is diverse, balanced and reasonably priced.

An interesting list with plenty of choice – without being flabby – to suit all tastes.

Wine List Confidential overall position: 192

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