Top 10 Sherry bars in London


2 Capote y TorosThe fourth site in Spanish restaurateur Abel Lusa’s ever expanding empire, this colourful Sherry bar on Old Brompton Road is just three doors down from sister restaurant Cambio de Tercio. Painted saffron yellow and hot pink to echo the colour of a matador’s cape, Capote y Toros is unashamedly Andalusian, from the flamenco music belting out of the speakers to the black-and-white bullfighting photos splashed across the walls.

While small in size, the bar boasts the largest Sherry list in London, with over 50 available by the glass and 100 by the bottle, from Lustau and Hidalgo to the achingly hip Equipo Navazos, along with a selection of fine and rare Sherries bottled exclusively for the bar from specially selected butts. Unsurprisingly, Sherry features prominently in the cooking, from chunks of chorizo braised in fino and moist meatballs cooked with palo cortado, to foie gras shavings drizzled with Pedro Ximénez.

Capote y Toros, 157 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0LJ, +44 (0)20 7244 8970

4 Responses to “Top 10 Sherry bars in London”

  1. Esta moda del Sherry esta por llegar a Londres, nosotros los latinoamericanos
    ya pasamos por esos bares. Lo nuestro ya es otra cosa. Estamos en cerveza, ron,
    y vodka mezcladas.

  2. Jonathan Cahill says:

    l had been perplexed by the supposed explosion of sherry bars and this list helps to explain it. As far as l can see there is only one true sherry bar, which is Bar Pepito. The others are excellent tapas bars which serve sherry, along with other wines.
    l don’t have personal experience of all those listed, but Jose is one which is superb largely due to the high quality of the tapas, great service and a good list of wines, including sherry.
    How Barrafina can be called a sherry bar is beyond me. It describes itself as a ‘Spanish tapas restaurant’ and is modelled on Cal Pep in Barcelona. This is a city where, if you ask for Manzanilla in a bar, you get camomille tea!
    l would not want to take away anything from the great initiative represented by Bar Pepito. However l would have thought that a better description of most of the bars listed is that they are more a step up in tapas rather than a sherry revolution.
    Rather than a perception of success, greatyer credibility would be achieved by listing the actual figures for the sales of sherry in London and the extent of the actual increase.

  3. Matt Huntingford says:

    I’d guess it’s almost impossible to sustain a specialist bar in most of these locations without the additional income from food. Pepito is a. tiny, and b. benefits from a location that already has a large number of drinkers which makes it viable. Still, all of this is great news for sherry fanatics like me and I wish all the best to all the above for helping spread the word.

  4. Christian G.E. Schiller says:

    What about Gordon’s? Times seem to have stood still there

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