Top 10 Sherry bars in London

5. OPERA TAVERN

5 Opera TavernThis popular theatreland tapas bar run by affable duo Simon Mullins and Sanja Morris has much in common with its older siblings, Salt Yard and Dehesa, from top-drawer Sherries to signature dishes such as stuffed courgette flowers drizzled in honey, truffle Pecorino, crispy pigs ears, and the now iconic miniature Ibérico pork burger made with minced foie gras and topped with melted Manchego. Set across two floors in a converted 19th century thespian pub, taking centre stage on the ground floor is an open grill making smoky chorizo burgers and juicy lamb cutlets.

Upstairs, an array of innovative sharing plates are on offer, from crispy soft-shell crab to chargrilled salt marsh lamb with wild garlic and goats’ curd, along with tapas classics including tortilla and patatas bravas. Keen to flag up Sherry, OT boasts 10 by the glass, starting at £4.50, from La Guita Manzanilla to Sanchez Romate Palo Cortado.

Opera Tavern, 23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS, +44 (0)20 7836 3680

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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