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.
Great fun ....like stepping into a bar in old Seville just much better food! The sherry was fun, the red wine was a poor choice. Quite expensive as we had just 4 plates but nice staff.
Every time i have visited Drakes Tabanco i have been impressed by the whole experience. The staff, atmosphere, menu and quality of food along with the price of bill is hard to find.
Really nice atmosphere and lovely staff. We didn't really enjoy the sherry we had with our starter but that was probably just us - the jamon and bread was excellent and the tapas were too. Some dishes slightly better than others - pig cheeks and roasted squash in particular were really tasty. It's a more interesting tapas menu than most places. Nice Spanish red as well.
As a regular visitor to Spain, I love tapas, and have a few favourite tapas bars in London. I have to say though, I have never tasted such amazing food as I have at Drakes, it is definitely my new favourite place! The ambience is great too and so are the staff.
Food was great, some unusual dishes like deep fried cauliflower were a surprise hit. The sherry and wine we tried were also very good - the best was the mencia red. Service and ambience were also very nice, we will visit again.
this was a great Tapas bar - very authentic. We shared 5 tapas which was fine for us but it would not have been enough food for my husband! Not the place to go if expecting large meal. The service was attentive but not intrusive and the food was glorious!
Superb selection of extremely tasty tapas! So much so it was difficult not to order one of everything (which we very nearly did). Service was exceptional - overall cannot recommend enough. I went with 3 Japanese visitors and they loved it.