El Vino

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The television with the sound turned down, the red-and-white sign outside boasting wines from ‘Spain, Portugal, France, Germany’, the knowledgeable, softly spoken staff – everything about this wine bar (‘est. 1879’) is discreet and old-school.

A library hush reigns within the dark-wood surrounds, as a professional, middle-aged and mainly male clientele – no journos these days, chiz chiz – quaff well-chosen wines from a 200-strong list that features many lesser-known producers: a 2008 Viu Manent cabernet sauvignon, for example. The enterprise also operates as a wine shop and runs a delivery service.

Lunch includes the traditional likes of hot open sandwiches and ploughman’s with five cheese choices, but also more exotic tapas: courgette and pine nut bruschetta, devilled whitebait and battered calamari.

Venue name: El Vino
Address: 47 Fleet Street
Opening hours: Open 8.30am-9pm Mon; 8.30am-10pm Tue-Fri. Food served 8.30am-8pm Mon; 8.30am-9pm Tue-Fri
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane or Temple tube
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