CoalVaults is a new bar and restaurant tucked away in a renovated, you guessed it, coal vault, on Soho’s Wardour Street, offering cocktails and tapas-sized dishes. We headed down to check it out.
The entrance of Coal Vaults takes you through a more-or-less hidden door, down into a cosy cove of bare brick walls and low lighting. The cocktail menu is an eclectic mix of interesting flavours and ingredients, from Charred Quince Rum and Dry Fried Tea to Fresh Szechuan Pepper and Pickled Cucumber. We kicked off proceedings with a Marano, a Gin and Mirto Rosso cocktail, served with a glass of Prosecco to chase, and a Dot Cotton; Lavender & Honey Infused Gin, Blackberries, Lemon and Egg White. The Marano perfectly balanced the strong flavours of the gin cocktail with the sweet fizz of the Prosecco, and the Dot Cotton which we were told was meant to taste like the inside of a lady’s handbag…in a nice way, was sweet and creamy, and tasted great with their signature spicy ‘devilled’ popcorn.
The licence at Coal Vaults means you have to order food with your drinks, and there’s a selection of small plates to choose from. 2-3 dishes per person is more than enough if you’re there for dinner, or if you’re just looking for a bite to accompany your drinks, choose a couple to share. We went for the Sherry Braised Pig Cheek with Onion Jam, Potted Crab with Home Baked Soda Bread, and a side of Bombay Chips, served with Mango & Lime Chutney and Coriander Yogurt. Everything on the menu at Coal Vaults is seasonal, with all bread and preserves freshly made on site. The Pig Cheek was tender and sweet, whilst the Bombay chips were worthy of ordering a second portion.
We finished off by sharing a Salted Flourless Chocolate Cake with Clementine Jelly which was gooey, rich and far more indulgent than it’s ‘gluten free’ label suggested.
Coal Vaults is a great place for an after work catch up, or date night. The staff were friendly with great recommendations and the menus were tasty, fresh and original. What’s more there’s 25% off on Mondays…We couldn’t fault the vaults.
Open seven days a week from 4pm-12.30pm
Coal Vaults, 187b Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZB