Top 10 Sherry bars in London

4. BARRAFINA

4 BarrafinaA slick Soho sister to half-Spanish brothers Sam and Eddie Hart’s hugely successful Fino, this buzzing tapas bar is on the money. Customers can watch their tortilla being flipped in the open kitchen from the comfort of one of the stools at Barrafina’s gleaming stainless steel bar. Seafood, including razor clams, baby red mullet and mackerel, is kept ultra-fresh on ice. The menu also offers tapas stalwarts such as morcilla with fried quail’s eggs, pimientos de Padrón, tortilla stuffed with prawns, gambas al ajillo, creamy ham croquetas and grilled quail.

Careful sourcing of ingredients, especially seafood and cured meats, is the secret to Barrafina’s success. The same attention to detail is paid to the Sherry list, featuring Hidalgo Pasada Pastrana Manzanilla and Valdespino Tio Diego Amontillado. Packed from lunch to last orders, the only problem is securing a stool, though staff deal with the constant flow of human traffic adroitly.

Barrafina, 54 Frith Street, London W1D 4SL, +44 (0)20 7813 8016

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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