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“A must for wine fans”
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The Wine Library
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

I cannot believe that I have never been to the Wine library before. I have quite a regular relationship with wine and being married to a sommelier I am slowly learning more about my likes and dislikes. This place is really unique - it's a bit like a wine merchants but then you can select your wine and then stay and drink it on the premises. For this you pay corkage and you can also order 'nibbles' - we had a cheese platter and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours that was totally unexpected. The staff and service is great, you feel like you can ask anything about the wine - I will certainly be making regular trips! Loved it!

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1  Thank Kerry M
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

The entrance is down a metal staircase and once through the door a cellar awaits with a fabulous selection of wines, champagnes and ports. We browsed the aisles, made our choice and took a stool in the second cellar. The wine was decanted and served some minutes later. The price range incorporates a wide spectrum and a corkage charge is applied to each bottle opened. We also had a cheese platter which was delicious.

Lunchtime a buffet is availalbe and we were informed that tutored tastings or blind tastings can be arranged for up to 35 people.

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1  Thank TraLonW
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

The Wine Library is a curious creature ...
essentially a specialist wine shop but with
aspects of wine bar and buffet restaurant
added ... all packaged in a delightfully
cave-like range of cellars just around the
corner from the Tower of London.

The system is that you buy a bottle of wine
from the extensive range displayed on a
large wooden shelving unit that is in the
centre of the first cellar - this is the "Library"
- it is self-service but the staff are very
knowledgeable and willing to advise.

If you wish, you may then drink your wine
on the premises.

In this case, a "corkage" fee (essentially a
service charge) is added, your bottle is
opened, decanted if necessary, glassware
is produced and you are shown through
to the adjoining cellar which is divided into
booth-like areas.

At lunch times a buffet lunch counter is
provided (at extra cost) and in the evening
a cheese plate is available.

Do note that as this is a cellar establishment
access is via an external metal staircase.
Wine is not sold by the glass, the minimum
purchase is a bottle ... prices are from affordable
to upwards ... and "last Orders" are relatively early
at 8pm.

However, if you like wine, this is a charming and
different experience that is much more than an
ordinary Bar.

Take a seat and enjoy !

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1  Thank RabbitRoamer
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

To avoid confusion, the first thing to establish is that 'The Wine Library' is just that - it hasn't been known as 'The Reynier Wine Library' for many years. I spent a very pleasant afternoon there yesterday with an old colleague from the days before I retired. Peter Prescott, the proprietor is an absolute fund of knowledge about all the wines he stocks and it is a joy to wander round the 'library shelves' with him choosing the next bottle. Between times, one can enjoy the excellent cheeses from Phillipe Olivier in Boulogne, great slices of wonderful ham, vegetarian quiche, various paté and bread for an all-in price. We finished up with a great half bottle of a 1991 Fonseca port. Bliss!

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1  Thank Le_Dap
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

Two of us visited the Wine Library today at lunch time - it was nice and busy with a good atmosphere. City types of course in this area but would also be good for the wayward tourist going off piste slightly. Wines are of good price and choice - add a corkage price and then lunch which consists of help yourself buffet of breads and crackers with a selection of pate, mousses, five types of cheese, selections of meat, Broccoli quiche cornichons and pickles and salad which were all of very good quality. Be prepared to be left along once you have chosen your bottle and taken it to the reception where they will open it for you and bring it to your table and then you are left to yourselves to go and get your own food and pour your wine. You go to the reception to order more wine should you want it. Very relaxed atmosphere and at no time should you expect to be bothered by the staff - you are entirely on your own which is wonderful when you just want to chill out and relax and go to the reception to ask for more if you want it. No music but nice surroundings.

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2  Thank mouse010
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