Terroirs

Price guide: Mid-range

5 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DW

Price guide: Mid-range

Boquerones with crostini © Kake Pugh

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#31 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
3.3
3.3
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Terroirs

This wine bar-cum-restaurant has as much personality as the ‘natural' wines it sells.

Terroirs specializes in ‘natural’ wines (unfiltered, made without added acid, sugar or sulphur, and often from organically or biodynamically-grown grapes). Some people think such bottles are the next big thing, others think they are both awful and unnecessary, but everyone seems to love this place just off Trafalgar Square.

Food and drink: 

The menu is divided into bar snacks, charcuterie, cheese, small plates and four or five larger plats du jour. Much is French, but there are exceptions such as matjes herring with potato salad, potted shrimps with toast, polenta with wild mushrooms, and a Tuscan take on steak tartare. The cooking’s mostly excellent. If you’re not keen on experimenting with natural wines, there are plenty of other options from small, artisan producers available, including sherries, whiskies and English beers. The nicest drink I’ve had here was a champagne-like French perry, made from pears.

Ambience: 

A little bit French, a little bit quirky, with a lively mix of couples and groups of friends and colleagues.

Service: 

Touch and go: it’s friendly, but once the preliminaries are over it is hard to get staff’s attention when things are busy, as they usually are. Booking is essential, unless you aim to sit at the bar.

Location: 

Handy for Trafalgar Square, the Strand, Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

Price advice: 

Most of the small plates are £6 or £8, and the plats du jour are £13-£16. Look out for the lunch special, which offers a light main dish plus a glass of wine for £10. Bottles of wine start at £15.25.

Other useful branches: 

Brawn in Columbia Road, E2, is a new Terroirs offshoot serving natural wines and various ways with pig meat.

More information on Terroirs:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Tapas bar, Wine bar
Food:
French, Mediterranean, Modern, Traditional
Address:
5 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DW
Telephone:
020 7036 0660
Website:
http://www.terroirswinebar.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-midnight. Restaurant noon-3pm, 5.45pm-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
organic, cheese, natural wines, ham

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