There can never be enough good, affordable, fun wine bars in the City, which makes this one noteworthy, even though it’s a new branch of a chain. On our visit, the staff were genuinely enthusiastic, friendly, and made us feel right at home. The atmosphere in the bar was lively, without being cramped or too loud; the look was also suitably Iberian, with rustic furniture, despite the shop-unit appearance of the outside.
In the dining room, we were surprised by the high quality of the dishes. Pan-fried black pudding was pleasingly moist and blood-flavoured, served on roasted red peppers, and a good portion size for under a fiver. Chipirones – battered and deep-fried baby squid – were crisp and not oily, served with aioli and a squeeze of lemon. Globe artichoke hearts were stuffed with a chickpea purée, topped with a nutty romesco sauce, all superior to the usual tapas bar fare. Plans are afoot to open this Camino for breakfast from September, with a menu that includes churros (deep-fried pastry, eaten with a cup of hot chocolate) alongside the croissants and fry-ups.
Owner Richard Bigg is a wine enthusiast and an Hispanophile, something clearly demonstrated in the wine list: lots of choice by the glass, diverse regions and styles and good producers. Wine flights allow you to try three 75ml tasters, at prices that are more easyJet than private charter. Go explore.