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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If you are sick of trying to fit into the Cheese, expand your mind and try this place out. Fantastic wine choices at reasonable prices (not Sam Smith's prices.. but honestly what place is?) and a lot less rowdy and busy than nearby establishments. Staff are quite friendly and can make some good recommendations. 

Cannot speak to the food, but did have some tasty olives. Perfect pre-dinner drinks destination!