Top 10 Sherry bars in London

1. BAR PEPITO

1 PepitoSet in a converted storage shed inches from sister restaurant Camino in King’s Cross, Bar Pepito sweats Andalusian charm. An ode to Jerez squeezed into 30 square feet, from the floor covered with azulejos and vintage flamenco posters lining the walls, to the Sherry cask tables, Pepito is the brainchild of hispanophile owner and self-confessed Sherry nut Richard Bigg.

Keeping the list deliberately short so as not to intimidate novices, nine of the 15 Sherries on offer are from González Byass, which has partnered with Bigg on the project from the beginning. While fino and manzanilla are the best selling styles, palo cortado is proving increasingly popular. The bar offers six flights of three 50ml measures, including the oloroso-based “Glorioso” and the PX-fuelled “Decadencia”. Accompanying the wines is a tapas menu, where each dish, from jamón Ibérico and ewe’s cheese to chocolate covered figs, comes with a Sherry recommendation.

Bar Pepito, 3 Varnishers Yard, London N1 9DF, +44 (0)20 7841 7331

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? http://schiller-wine.blogspot.com/2010/08/time-seems-to-have-stood-still-at.html Times seem to have stood still there

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