Five of the best restaurants in London for English wine

It might still command a relatively small proportion of most restaurant wine lists, but as interest in English fizz grows many of London’s restaurants are catching on to growing demand, offering a homegrown selection of England’s finest wines.

As English sparklers and wines begin to gain international recognition, consumer attitudes are changing, with people finally taking English wines seriously, a point proven by Taittinger’s recent investment in a slice of the Kent countryside.

The English wine industry grew its turnover by 16% last year, and is now worth a record high of £132 million. According to the latest data from Funding Options, is an online aggregator for SME finance based in the UK, the turnover of the English wine sector has nearly trebled over the last five years from £55.7 million in 2011 to £132 million today.

Such success is leading to a bandwagon effect – a record 64 new wine producers obtained a licence for wine production last year.

Earlier this year, The United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP) voted to merge to form one single-industry representative body called UK Wine Producers. The new organisation will promote, represent and support all UK wine producers and vineyards, irrespective of their size in dealings with the government and other national and international organisations.

With this in mind, we have sifted through our Wine List Confidential database to bring you a selection of restaurants that pay a bit more attention to their domestic winemakers, and feature a stronger selection than others of English fizz and still wines.

Wine List Confidential is a wine list ratings website and mobile app designed to be a transparent, straightforward way to connect wine lovers with the best wine-focused restaurants.

Using a numeric rating system, Wine List Confidential allows wine lovers to quickly compare the wine offer in restaurants, whatever the food or format. Using a simple 100-point scale, Wine List Confidential scores restaurants on the most important aspects of their wine offering – from pricing and service, to the range, size and originality of the selection. These individual ratings are then used to create an overall Wine List Confidential Score for every restaurant reviewed.

The free-to-use resource will initially focus on London’s top restaurant and wine venues, but is set to expand to cover other major cities around the world.

Click through for our pick of Wine List Confidential-rated restaurants that heap an extra spoonful of love onto their English wine offer, and what our experts had to say about their wine lists….

One Response to “Five of the best restaurants in London for English wine”

  1. neil bruce says:

    We might only be On Trade, mid-size and regional (200 Mgd pubs plus 200 Tenants, incl one that’s a Michelin star) but earlier this year we exited the ‘House’ Champagne category completely, replacing it with a range of 4 English sparkling wine brands (3 whites and two roses). And sales are up, quite a lot.
    Neil Bruce
    Head of Wine
    Fuller’s

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