We're already fans of Barrica and Soho's Copita, so it's a good news day to hear that they're opening a new place - Drakes Tabanco.This self-styled sherry tavern will be a street south of Barrica on Windmill Street, just a few doors down from Dabbous.
The main focus of the restaurant will be on their range of sherries served direct from the barrel, many exclusive, including "an off-dry Rare Old India – a blend of long-aged Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez, and a standout 30 year old Antique Palo Cortado." All the sherries in barrels come from Bodegas Rey Fernando De Castilla and you'll be able to fill a bottle to take home too. Alongside these, there will also be exclusive hand-bottled sherries (to take home too) on offer too, as well as natural wines and "artisan beers".
If you're just after a quick snifter, you'll be able to pop into the counter area at the front and grab a glass from £2.90. At the back of the tabanco there's a dining area with a "u shaped bar area" that can be specifically reserved for sherry tastings and where you can also enjoy a special menu with matching sherries The whole place has room for 50 people.
The food will be Spanish with a hint of British influence too. So that means a range of charcuterie with cured meats, Iberico pork tongue and goose rillettes and a seafood board which will include air-dried mojama (tuna), smoked scallops and gravadlax. Alongside these are larger dishes like octopus stew, lamb breast and pork cheek and prices will start from £4 per dish.
Drakes Tabanco will open in October at 3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2HY, The opening hours will be Monday to Saturday, 12 Noon - 11.30pm. For more information, follow them on Twitter @DrakesTabanco