Terroirs Wine Bar:
Places to eat and drink where neither food nor wine are going to break the bank can be hard to find in Central London. Especially if you want to reserve a table because you are arriving on a Friday evening to meet friends from out of town. So, I was pleased to discover that Terroirs, recommended to me by a number of friends DOES take reservations.
It’s very convenient for me, just across the road from Trafalgar Square, on the edge of Covent Garden tucked away on William IV street, so that I’d never noticed it. And, I was initially a bit disappointed that what is described as the ‘downstairs bar’ is at basement level…we’d been asked where we wanted to sit when reserving the table and taken a table downstairs on the reservation staff’s recommendation. Each bar has a slightly different menu and if you like natural light and have no preferences about the menu, then ask to be seated upstairs.
Having said that, it was really very comfortable, cool and airy with well-spaced out tables.
“Great food and great wine sourced with an eager eye for provenance” is a great philosophy and one which I think Terroirs fulfils pretty well. There’s an extensive wine list, mostly from small French and Italian producers and with a focus on organic and natural wines. Wine is available by the glass, by the half carafe and in some cases by the bottle. A half carafe of slightly sparkling pink wine was £15 while the light, fresh white we drank for most of the evening, Picpoul de Pinet, was £21 a bottle. It was so nice we ended up happily finishing two bottles!
We shared bread and a rather lovely charcuterie board, supplemented with some Luques Olives and Saucisson Seche. I found the meats faultless and there was a good balance of styles and textures on the charcuterie board.
And, since it was a really warm evening, decided to share the roast chicken for two or more between the four of us. That worked extremely well, our generously sized chicken came with chicken livers (definitely the product of more than one bird – there were plenty for four of us!), crunchy roast potatoes and a garnish of watercress. It was meltingly tender and came with a little jug of jus just in case you thought it wasn’t moist enough.
The selection of food together with three bottles of mineral water and bread and butter brought our bill to £34 per person including service. Really very good value for simple but great food and wine serve with simple but great charm in a venue that was buzzing but not to the point of discomfort.
5 William IV Street
London WC2N 4DW