Port House

Bars and pubs , Wine bars Charing Cross
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With its wine cellar atmosphere, attractive tapas menu and friendly Spanish/Irish staff, The Port House on the Strand is a cosy place to while away a winter's evening. Just two doors from the Adelphi, it's a new Irish-owned joint that reflects the current zeitgeist for all things Spanish.

The food, served in dinky tapas portions, can be a bit hit and miss though.The Spanish tortilla, though well seasoned, was overcooked, the mushroom croquetas bland and heavy, but we liked the lemony, salty whitebait, the garlic-laden pa amb tomaquet (Catalonia's answer to tomato bruschetta) and the crisply moreish churros with chocolate sauce. More creative options included scallops with cauliflower purée and powdered jamón ibérico - an unexpected hit - and a dull rendition of Spain's bawdiest cheese, tetilla (literally ('small breast'), deep-fried and served with honey.

Drinks are a forte. Wines (affordable and largely Spanish) are listed with maps and there's a good selection of gins, sherries and ports. The Dows white port (£3.90) made a luscious apéritif and we followed this up with an honest carafe of Celeste tempranillo (£18.70). With apéritifs, drinks, puddings and (top-notch) coffee, the £85 bill crept up on us; but the candlelit vibe, occasional high notes and absence of kitsch (no bull's heads or matadors in tight trousers) took some of the sting away.

Venue name: Port House
Contact:
Address: 417 Strand
London
WC2R 0PD
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail.
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4.3 / 5

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Sonny C
Tastemaker

This is one of my favourite tapas restaurants in London & one I'm particularly fond of after living in Dublin & being a regular at the original Irish version. The interior is cosy & candlelit, the staff are always friendly & efficient although they seem to have a high turn around of the young, enthusiastic & mostly Spanish staff- I never see the same person twice! The menu is varied & although portions are small & prices aren't cheap what the dishes lack in quantity is made up for by quality. The almond, goats cheese, honey & spinach salad is a sweet & crunchy plate of heaven & the churros are sublime. It's a perfect location for pre theatre eats but from memory they don't take bookings for small parties. However that said I've always been seated with in 10mins. Highly recommended & a breath of fresh air in the boring chain restaurant filled locality...

Julio G

I had an amazing time when I went a year ago. I was looking for the contact number in this page and realised the rating from time out was quite low, which surprised me.

we had amazing drinks and really good tapas. I'm Spanish and I really enjoyed the way they cooked everything.

the only reason I won't give them 5 stars is because it ended up being crazy expensive, but I think I had one too many drinks...which pumped up the price!

still, coming back and very happy about it!

Photosbysooz
Tastemaker

Some friends and I stumbled upon this place late one Saturday evening, when all the other pubs and bars in the vicinity were either gearing up for a hectic clubby Sat night or winding down after last orders. This was the in-between 'one for the road' bar that we were looking for.


Now, I can't comment on the food, though we did have a delicious cheeseboard. But my positive review is based on the atmosphere, friendly staff and great quality port at prices reasonable for the area of London.


With comfy tables, perfect for groups or twosomes and a lovely cosy candle lit atmosphere this was indeed a perfect spot for a great chat with friends at the end of the night or a lovely way to start a date.


I will definitely go back when I am next in the area and it may well become my post-theatre spot in future.

Tracy B

This is a great find and they do the best G&T I've ever tasted! The G&T menu changes weekly so each visit offers a new sensory delight 😀 The tapas menu offers a mouth watering choice, great for vegetarians too and great service