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Bar Pepito

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Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out
Rob Greig / Time Out

Tucked away in a courtyard accessible via an alley at the foot of Pentonville Road, this rustic, Andalucían-themed bar is dedicated to sherry. With room for only four or five tables, all shaped from sherry casks, it’s a tiny place – so small, in fact, that the toilet is across the road at Camino (run by the same folks) – but no less appealing for its lack of size.

The 15 sherries span all styles: fino, which is dry, delicate and pale; manzanilla, comparatively brusque and briny; the sweeter, fruitier styles made with the pedro ximénez grape; and so on. You can sample the breadth of flavours by buying a sherry flight for around £8.

The tapas-style cold-food menu features cured meats, olives, regional cheeses, pickled anchovies and figs coated in dark chocolate. The candelabra and bare-brick walls make it cosy, if squeezed; thankfully, there’s room outside in summer.

Venue name: Bar Pepito
Address: Varnishers Yard
N1 9FD
Cross street: Regents Quarter
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Fri; 6pm-midnight Sat. Food served 5-11pm Mon-Fri; 6-11pm Sat
Transport: Tube: King's Cross tube/rail

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Nice place but - I arrived with my friend just before he was due to leave on a train home. We decided we'd like a plate of ham and were offered a sherry on the house by a man who was up at the entrance. We ordered a plate of ham and were given two nicely chilled Fino sherries. The ham was exquisite if pricey. The sherries were spot on and not badly priced, even better we thought as they were going to be free. They weren't free. if you go in here and are offered a sherry on the house take that offer with a pinch of the finest Spanish curing salt!