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London wine bar Noble Rot to open Soho site this week

Restaurant and wine bar Noble Rot’s second site in Soho is set to open its doors this week with the former owner and head chef at Sardine, Alex Jackson, heading up the kitchen.

Co-founders of the wine bar and magazine of the same name, Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew MW, have announced that their Soho site will open this Friday (18 September), after announcing they would be opening a second restaurant in November last year. 

Housed in the Greek Street landmark and former Hungarian restaurant Gay Hussar, Keeling and Andrew are hoping to retain its period charm. Opened in 1953, the eatery was favoured by politicians and publishers, and is purported to be the place where the downfall of Margaret Thatcher was plotted and where Tony Blair was first persuaded to run as an MP.

The Noble Rot duo have preserved the building’s historic interiors and have enlisted the services of political cartoonist Martin Rowson to create two triptychs for the restaurant, one of which can be seen in the image above.

The menu will also pay homage to the site’s past life, with dishes including eggs casino, cabbage stuffed with game and sour cream and a daily goulash, as well as the late American chef Robert Carrier’s pâte aux herbes and a whole roast chicken with morels and vin jaune for two to share.

Alex Jackson, formerly of Sardine in London’s Hoxton, which announced its closure in June, will be taking the helm in the kitchen alongside executive chef Stephen Harris of The Sportsman in Kent.

Like its Lamb’s Conduit cousin, Noble Rot’s Soho site will have an extensive wine list from a house white starting at just £3 per glass to some rare and exclusive bottles.

Keeling and Andrew called their new site their “difficult second album”.

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