Sir Francis Drake was many things, but for London’s premier sherry and tapas bar Drakes Tabanco it’s a glad fact that Sir Francis was a big, big fan of Spain’s finest export – yep, sherry. So much so that Drake felt the need to destroy half of Cadiz in search of the perfect drop. In doing so he introduced Britain to the Spaniard’s favourite tipple. Along Windmill Street in Fitzrovia, Drakes Tabanco maintains the proud Jerez tabanco tradition by serving fine aged wines and sherries straight from the barrel. Match a glass or two with Andalucian-style delicacies from Drake’s custom pairing menu and you’re in for a mind-blowing taste fresh from the Spanish Main.
London’s Drakes Tabanco is possibly the first tabanco to grace the shores of Britain,
such premises being found primarily in the Spanish stronghold of Jerez. A tabanco is
a type of bar that specialises in serving sherries straight from the barrel. Why? Well,
it’s simple – as Drakes Tabanco avers, it simply tastes better. And what a thing, to
take a rare, limited release glass of Fernando de Castilla from an aged cask while
picking over a couple plates from Drakes’ huge tapas menu.
If finger food isn’t appealing to your inner pirate – after all, Drakes is named after Sir Francis Drake, whose raids along the Spanish coast brought sherry to merry England – why not head straight for Drakes’ new 6-course menu that expertly matches food with drink. That’s six classic sherries of various kinds matched with exotic dishes such as braised pigs’ cheeks and Zamorano cheese, with coffee to finish and keep you on an even keel. After experiencing the authenticity of Drakes Tabanco, you’ll have to work to remember that you’re in London’s West End.
Excellent food and drink supported by knowledgable and friendly staff
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Stunning food and a very good selection of drinks. Sherry wines and Rosita craft beer are a must!
It was quite quiet but then again it was a Monday. Didn't really affect the atmosphere, otherwise excellent food, service, and of course, sherry. Reasonable for a tapas place too.