1 Bedford Street, (just off The Strand), London, WC2E 9HH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 836 3033
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Fri noon-midnight, Sat 5pm-midnight
Door: Open door
Style: Wine bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Food, Wine
Price guide: Middling
Food: Plates & dishes
Owned by: N Blacknell, S Ekins, A Fillary, C West, J Willy
Images By: diffordsguide.com
In what sounds like an Enid Blyton story, five friends from the drinks industry took over what was a down-at-heel, rather grim, basement wine bar. Bedford & Strand is the result and they have stratospherically improved the 80s original.
The still rather uninspiring entrance and staircase lead down to a large single room dominated by a 15 metre zinc-topped bar backed by a wall of wine and spirits. In front of this a bare board floor is dotted with classic French cafe-style tables and chairs. The magnolia room is divided by glazed panels and illuminated by 1930s green enamelled lamps.
One of the 'Boozy Five' was once an Oddbins buyer and his knowledge and contacts are evident in the excellent wine list which includes an excellent house wine selection of 25 bins all available by the glass and listed as 'honest', 'decent', 'good' and 'staff picks'. The classic led cocktails are well made while Leffe Braun and draught Grolsch keep beer drinkers refreshed. You can choose between snacks from the counter or the a la carte menu.