Noble Rot magazine is a cork-popping, gut-busting, genre-disrupting ode to gastronomic pleasure. Published every four months, columnists Marina O'Loughlin, Simon Hopkinson, John Niven and Dan Keeling are joined by interviewees such as Grayson and Philippa Perry, Brian Eno, Nigella Lawson, Kano, Madlib, Professor Brian Cox, John Cooper Clarke, Kiera Knightley, Irvine Welsh, Ed Balls, LCD Soundsystem, Yotam Ottolenghi, David Shrigley, Nigel Slater, Gilles Peterson, Mike D, Caitlin Moran, Fergus Henderson, Jay McInerney, Mark Ronson and The Chemical Brothers.
Noble Rot magazine is home to some of the most exciting voices in wine and food. including Diana Henry, William Kelley, Alice Feiring, April Bloomfield, Tomos Parry, Florence Knight, Jeremy Chan, Stephen Harris, Suzanne Moore, Honey & Co, Kermit Lynch, Fay Maschler, Simon J Woolf, Jon Bonne, Tim Hayward, Jancis Robinson, Hugh Johnson, Angela Hartnett, Merlin Labron-Johnson and Rowley Leigh.
Every issue is beautifully illustrated with artwork from the likes of John Broadley, Jose Mendez and Dennis Eriksson, and photography by Ben McMahon and Tom Cockram.
Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant, our first restaurant, is situated in a townhouse on WC1's beloved Lamb's Conduit Street dating to 1701. Formerly a bootmaker, a surgery and an electrical shop at different times, it was first converted into a wine bar by a descendent of Admiral Nelson in 1974.
Noble Rot's executive chef Stephen Harris (The Sportsman) oversees an à la carte menu of fine 'Franglais' cooking in the restaurant, and small dishes in the bar.
Like its Soho sibling it has a celebrated wine list, voted 'Wine List of the Year' at the World Restaurant Awards 2019, and the National Restaurant Awards in 2018, 2017 and 2016.
Ranging from undervalued wines by the glass to rare mature bottles from great estates, it is inclusive and inspiring. There's no room for any kind of wine-wankery here.
Noble Rot Soho is set in the former site of the Gay Hussar on Greek St, once notorious as the lair of many left-wing politicians. British Prime Ministers Clement Atlee, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair have all dined here, and the latter's Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell, was even rumoured to have bugged the ground floor dining room for intelligence.
Today the building's gorgeous period features have been preserved and renovated, and Martin Rowson, the Guardian's acerbic political cartoonist, has painted triptychs celebrating the restaurant's past and present customers in all their louche glory.
Noble Rot Soho's menu is overseen by Head Chef Alex Jackson (ex-Sardine restaurant) and executive chef Stephen Harris. It includes subtle references to The Gay Hussar's past and the most life-enhancing roast chicken with morels and vin jaune sauce to be found this side of France's Jura.
Noble Rot Soho won ‘Wine List of The Year’ 2022 & 2021 at the National Restaurant Awards. The restaurant was placed number 32 in the top 100 UK restaurants in 2023.
Our third restaurant is located in the atmospheric alleys of Shepherd Market built on the site of the late 1600s' original May Fair which became notorious as Central London's rackety red-light district. Hidden away from Mayfair's more plutocrat-infested byways, it's still something of a London secret – and the perfect home for the Rotters' new den.
Noble Rot Mayfair's menu has been devised by Head Chef Adam Wood (ex-Perilla and The Square) and executive chef Stephen Harris of The Sportsman. Each Noble Rot has its distinct culinary personality and menu: here the focus is on indulgence, future classics such as warm smoked eel, baked potato and Avruga caviar; sea bream and oyster tartare; and a whole roast duck with Chambertin sauce and potato and cep gratin to share for two.
These and many other dishes on a regularly changing carte – as well as our famous value set lunch – will be the perfect foil to our most ambitious wine list yet. Aiming to surpass our existing Noble Rot achievements – winning 'Wine List of the Year' at the National Restaurant Awards an unprecedented four times – it'll range from our much-loved 'house' Vinho Verde 'Chin Chin' through outrageously delicious sub-£40 finds, to rare vintages of Château Latour and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Whether a casual drinker or an obsessive oenophile, Noble Rot Mayfair promises the stuff of any wine lover's dreams.
Noble Rot was founded by Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew, the duo behind importers Keeling Andrew & Co and Shrine to the Vine wine shop. Dan Keeling has won one Fortnum & Mason and three Louis Roederer Awards for his writing about wine and food. He was previously managing director of Island Records and Head of A&R at Parlophone Records. Mark Andrew is a Master of Wine. Dan and Mark's book Wine from Another Galaxy won 'Drinks Book of the Year' at the 2021 Guild of Food Writers Awards.