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Terroirs Wine Bar is a modern and stylish venue with over 200 bins to choose from. They also offer a selection of cheeses, small plates, charcuterie and tapas dishes to complement your choice of wine.

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MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 23:00

SAT

12:00 - 23:00

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By Clodagh H.

I have been twice to terroirs recently, both very last minute, and the welcome each time has been great. The food is delicious and well executed. I went last week before the theatre and the staff were very helpful when I told them that we were in a bit of a rush. All very knowledgeable and friendly. The downstairs bar feels like a secret spot in the middle of London. In an area dominated by chain restaurants and (not so cheap) pasta joints, Terroirs is a real find and a great addition to the area.


By Marta R.

I'll never go there again. Encouraged by a few positive reviews I went there last Friday to meet a friend I didn't see for a long time. We hadn't booked a table so we felt quite lucky when they told us we would get one after a few minutes' wait. We settled in, ordered food and a bottle of wine and after about an hour, just when we started feeling really comfortable, they told us our table had been booked by someone else and that we should move to the bar to finish our food and wine! Fair enough - it was a Friday and we didn't have a reservation, so getting a table felt like pure luck. They should have told us though we could stay for an hour only, so that we could decide whether we want to stay there or not. So, even though the wine was quite good, I will never go back to this place.


By D.

Terroirs is a terrific wine bar/restaurant with bags of atmosphere, great wholesome food and a superlative wine list. I've been there several times and can't recommend it highly enough.


By Jude S.

I really like these new natural wine bars in London & am definitely a convert to the natural wine movement. Terroirs can be a bit expensive by the end of the night but the food is really fresh & a surprisingly uniique experience in London. A good place for work drinks.


By Michelle C.

If you fancy a rustic French experience, Terroirs can?t be beaten.

The Venue
Formerly a Davy?s wine bar, Terroirs is located on unassuming William IV Street, just steps away from Charing Cross. Although when they first opened only the ground floor was used, thanks to continued success Terroirs have turned the basement level into more space for diners and drinkers. Both levels are similar in decor, with lots of warm woods, the occasional brick wall, old fashioned posters and prints and knick-knacks decorating the shelves. Upstairs it?s split between a level even with the windows and a slightly lower area surrounding the bar; downstairs the bar area is smaller, with several high tables, and a more restaurant-like area towards the rear up a short flight of stairs. It all feels very French, but not in a cliched, chintzy way ? this is the real deal.

The Atmosphere
Whilst the ground floor buzzes with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere, the basement level is calmer and seems more grown-up, with an older crowd. The menus on both levels are different, with the ground floor more for drinking and small plates, whilst downstairs has larger, more traditional main course-sized portions. Service is professional, prompt and adept at explaining the menu and the wine list, and their recommendations are spot on.

The Food
The ground floor menu offers bar snacks, a charcuterie selection, cheeses and small plates, plus plats du jour and a lunch special of a food item and a glass of paired wine for about ?10. Downstairs you?ll also find a charcuterie selection, cheeses and small plates, but the list is a bit more in depth and includes a shellfish selection and mains priced from ?13 to ?15, plus some dishes to share and a choice of five desserts. Portions are large and well worth the price, but as there?s a variety of ways you can order (tapas-style, traditional three courses) that you can pretty much make up your own menu. Plates are all simply and honestly presented, with nothing too fancy getting in the way of enjoying the food.

From the selection of charcuterie dishes, the pork and pistachio terrine (?6) is thick and rich, with creamy pork mixed through with whole pistachios, which are surprisingly softer than you?d expect. The terrine is edged with a chewy, slightly salty piece of pork, and there?s a small pot of cornichons and pickled onions on the side to cut through the richness of the dish. North Atlantic prawns, meanwhile, are well worth the ?10 as they?re huge and there are about eight of them. They?re served with their head and shell still on, the only accompaniment a wedge of lemon and a pot of a slightly garlicky mayonnaise ? anything else would overwhelm their sweet, succulent flavour.

From the selection of small plates, fish soup (?9) is served in a large white tureen, presented with little pots of finely shredded gruyere, thin croutons and rouille, made slightly spicy ? and orange ? thanks to a good whack of chilli. The soup itself is smooth, brown and slightly thicker than a broth, with an intense, savoury taste. Cheltenham beetroot salad (?7) is sharp and light, with glossy slices of beetroot topped with greens and a dollop of soft goat?s curd.

There are a choice of about five mains and two sharing dishes for two, a roast Landaise chicken (?28) and a baked Vacherin Mont d?Or cheese with a Noir de Bigorre charcuterie, Ratte potatoes and salad (?38). The mains seem very rustic, with dishes such as Andouillette de Troyes, a French sausage made with tripe, and bavette with bone marrow. Hare ragu (?15), is delicious, served in a large bowl, almost like a stew, with diced carrots and celery, sweet chestnuts and a Chianti sauce and an iron dish filled with creamy, perfectly grainy polenta on the side. The hare itself is incredibly tender, with the flavours from the juices soaking into the carrots, celery and dense, sugary chestnuts.

For dessert, the prune and Armagnac rice pudding (?6) is thick, filling and boozy, with several stewed prunes placed on top. The bitter chocolate pot (?5) is just that, a small white bowl of bitter chocolate with a mousse-like consistency. Thanks to the sharpness of the chocolate, it?s not too rich.

The Drink
Wine is a big deal at Terroirs, as important as the food if not moreso. The massive wine list is the size of novella at nearly 40 pages, and the descriptions underneath each choice read like an autobiography of the bottle ? and well written autobiographies, at that. If you know what you?re looking for it should be easy to choose, but if not the staff are more than helpful. You can get a lot of good bottles for under ?20, and whilst the most expensive costs ?175 the majority of the massive list is priced at under ?40.

Some wines have a little silhouette of a horse next to the price, symbolising that these are the more natural wines on the list that have had almost nothing done to them aside from the wine-making process ? no other flavourings or fancy aging processes. Octobre, from Domaine des Foulards Rouge, is one of these natural wines and although it seems slightly bitter at first, the strong grape flavour is actually really pleasant; you feel as if you?re tasting the essence of the wine, rather than what?s been added.

A 2007 Pouilly-Fume, from the Loire region, is so bright and tangy that it almost resembles a Champagne. Also recommended is the clean, crisp white from the Savoie region which is well balanced enough to accompany a variety of dishes. There?s a full page dedicated to wines by the 175ml glass along with 500ml and 750ml pots. If a bottle?s not big enough, there?s a whole page of magnums as well, and Champagne and spirits are also on offer.

The Last Word
A great place to try warming French dishes or just sample some interesting, unusual wines, with a friendly atmosphere and prices that won?t break the bank.


By Vincent W.

As usual, there will always be bad tempered people or acrimonious about not having the best table at the best place in any kind of well reviewed restaurant or bar.

I've been to Terroirs many times and I admit that you've got to fight to find a stool at the bar most of the time,.

Despite that, I don't know other places with such a fantastic wine list when I can find myself so many wines that can give me pleasure.

In addition, the food is really good value for many and there is a lot to dig in the menu.

It's really hard not to be satisfied there even though I am from the trade and certainly more difficult to please than the average customer.

Keep going and good luck for downstairs....


By Helen J.

Despite all the fabulous reviews of this place in the press, it is not the place for a quick glass of wine.

I have twice called in on the off chance of an early evening drink (around 5pm), but the sneer of the receptionist when I tell them I don't have a booking is amazing!

On the last occasion, I said that all I wanted was a glass of wine as I needed to leave by 6pm.

Despite many empty tables, I was initially offered a tall small table with one stool and told my guest could stand! Eventually we were offered two stools at the end of the bear near the kitchen.

Despite very poor, slow service, we left as promised at 6pm, when the majority of the tables around us were still empty!


By D.

A super addition to the West End, Terroirs is an adaptation of the classic Parisian "natural wine bar". It is cosy with a buzzy atmosphere, the menu consists of evolved tapas dishes, brilliantly rendered (try bone marrow with black truffle served on little tartine or squid with chickpea and romesco or the chacuterie board) and the wine list composed of biodynamic and organic wines with several by the glass has to be one of the best in London. Great value! Top marks.


By D.

Terroirs is a superb addition to the West End. At the moment it is a wine bar offering a selection of tapas portion dishes, although I hear there are plans to open a restaurant in the basement with heartier food. I went in the evening and the place was buzzing. There were lots of tables sharing plates of charcuterie and cheese, but I opted for a couple of small plates and one of the plats du jour. Squid with chickpeas and romesco sauce was beautifully tender and packed with flavour. A small tartine of bone marrow and black truffle was heavenly. For a main course I had boudin noir with girolles, chestnuts and fried eggs presented in a small cast iron frying pan (nice touch) - classic comfort food, brilliantly rendered. Despite being full I managed to squeeze in a refreshing Sicilian lemon posset for dessert. Next time I come back, which will be soon, I will bring some companions and investigate a lot more of the delicious sounding dishes.The wine list is amazing, arguably one of the best in London. It has about 200 bins, virtually all biodynamic, organic or low sulphur, and about 25 by the glass. I had a stunning Verdicchio di Matelica and an earthy, wild Irouleguy Rouge from the Pyrenees (great with boudin!)Terroirs may have just opened but I can see this place becoming a destination restaurant and bar. Plus what a great place if you are going out to the theatre or cinema in the West End.

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