Top 10 Sherry bars in London

9. DONOSTIA

9 DonostiaThe maiden venture of Barrafina alumnus Tomasz Baranski, Donostia is housed in a light, bright space in Marylebone, with a long bar set around an open kitchen taking centre stage. Based on the tapas bars of San Sebastián known for just one speciality, Donostia’s offering is more diverse, though no less accomplished. Pintxos such as Sherry-glazed foie gras are small but delightful, while larger tapas range from crispy squid and tender pork in umami-rich romesco to spinach and salt cod stuffed tortilla, which is every inch as good as Barrafina’s.

For a front row seat to the action, arrive early and perch at the bar. A major building block of Basque cuisine, cod cheeks come in a piquant pil pil sauce laden with garlic. The Sherry list is small and perfectly formed, boasting the likes of Herederos de Argueso San Leon Manzanilla Pasada and Hidalgo Gobernador Oloroso served in copas.

Donostia, 10 Seymour Place, London W1H 7ND, +44 (0)20 3620 1845

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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