London's best sherry bars

Sherry has found it difficult to shake off its '70s reputation in Britain of a drink supped warm by grannies at Christmas. In reality, it's a complex and rewarding drink that matches well with Spanish food. London is waking up to sherry, and here's our guide to the city's best purveyors of the fortified wine from Cadiz

  • London's best sherry bars

    Barrafina: Michelle Grant

    • Bar Pepito

      Varnisher's Yard, The Regent Quarter, N1 9DF (7841 7331/

      This King's Cross sherry bar is owned by the people behind Camino, the Spanish restaurant opposite. It's dainty in size - there are only five tables - but it stocks an impressive 15 varieties of sherry in different styles, and there's a small menu of tapas food to accompany them (with matching notes). You can sit outside when the weather's fine.

  • Barrica

    62 Goodge St, W1T 4NE (7436 9448/

    Barrica’s wine list boasts around 20 sherries in every style, from the driest fino to the nutty, rare palo cortado and syrupy sweet pedro ximénez (PX). Interestingly, there’s also one East India sherry (from sherry producer Lustau) – a variety blending fino with PX for a smooth, caramel-like tipple. Read more

  • Barrafina

    54 Frith St, W1D 4SL (7813 8016/

    This slick tapas bar has only a modest selection of sherry, but they are perfectly matched to the food. Try the tangy, super-fresh manzanilla from producer La Gitana or a bone-dry, nutty fino from El Puerto de Santa Maria (one of three sherry-producing towns in southern Spain). Read more

  • Cigala

    54 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3LW (7405 1717/

    More than a dozen sherries are on offer at this smart, sophisticated Spanish restaurant, with an emphasis on drier styles. Two palo cortados are available, albeit only one by the glass, and you can also try a sweet, rich sherry made from moscatel – rather than pedro ximénez – grapes. Read more

  • Fino

    33 Charlotte St (entrance on Rathbone St), W1T 1RR (7813 8010/

    The more formal sister establisment to Barrafina (see above) has a more comprehensive sherry list; many are available by the glass, too. Notable picks include those from revered producer Equipo Navazos, which is famed for its limited runs of high-quality sherries gleaned from soleras (set of ageing barrels) sourced from prestigious bodegas – it chooses those with the most unique character and then bottles the sherry unfiltered, an unusual practice. Most of its excellent sherries are privately distributed; these are the few that are available to the public. Read more

  • Moro

    34-36 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE (7833 8336/

    Here, you can enjoy sherry ‘flights’ (consisting of three 50ml glasses of the styles of your choice). The list is stunning, with around two dozen choices evenly distributed among the handful of different styles of sherry. A strong emphasis is on the wines of Jerez, with a few selections from El Puerto de Santa Maria and, unusually, a PX sherry made outside the sherry ‘triangle’ – the Toro Albala Don PX comes from Montilla-Moriles in the Córdoba province. Read more