Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2009

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  • To save 30% on the new 'Time Out Eating & Drinking 2010' guide, just visit the Time Out shop

    Best New Restaurant | Best New Italian | Best New Cheap Eats | Best New Gastropub | Best New Bar | Best New Local Restaurant | Best New Café | Best New Design | Best Spanish Restaurant | Best Spanish Wine List

    Best Spanish Wine List


    In association with Wines from Spain

    • Photo for WINNER: Cambio de Tercio

      WINNER: Cambio de Tercio

      163 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW5 0LJ

      When it comes to wine lists, bigger isn’t always better, but Cambio de Tercio’s all-Spanish list wins on quality as much as on breadth. There’s an emphasis on revivalist regions such as Bierzo in the north-west and Toro in north-central Spain. Elsewhere, the focus is on fashionable regions such as Priorat and Ribeira del Duero. Here Cambio’s list does its best to cater for all wallets and even manages to come up with some affordable bottles from these two regions, neither of which are known for their economical pricing. Of course, those with the dosh can splash out on the top producers’ wines from these headline-grabbing regions, including three vintages of Spanish superstar producer Dominio de Pingus and a fine selection from elder statesman Vega Sicilia, one of Spain’s most venerable producers. Offerings from classic regions such as Rioja are varied, with bottles from the old and new guard. Given such scope, we’d like to see more wines available by the glass than the half-dozen on offer (and a few more half-bottles, too) but we nonetheless raise our glasses in honour. Read more

  • RUNNER UP: Fino

    33 Charlotte Street, entrance on Rathbone Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR

    As the name suggests, Fino has an excellent range of sherries, from bone-dry manzanillas and finos to sumptuously sweet styles. The selection of mostly Spanish whites and reds is well-chosen and nicely suited to the cooking and the clued-up clientele. The dozen wines available by the glass showcase the range of styles and grape varieties that define contemporary Spanish winemaking at its best. Read more

  • RUNNER UP: Cigala

    54 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3LW

    There’s much to recommend about this well considered, all-Spanish list, from concise, clearly written tasting notes, to imaginative wines by the glass (we’re particularly fond of the crisp, lively white Txacolí from the Basque country), to the admirable emphasis on moderately priced wines from throughout Spain. What’s more, the wines seem to be chosen with food-friendliness in mind. A close contender for the winner’s circle. Read more

  • RUNNER UP: El Pirata

    5-6 Down Street, Mayfair, W1J 7AQ

    With half a dozen sparkling cavas and nearly as many types of sherry, this list says ‘Spain’ loud and clear. Apart from these iconic wine styles, there’s plenty to choose from elsewhere: for whites, bottles from north-west Spain’s Monterrey and Valdeorras regions offer inspirational drinking and reasonable value, while Rioja-lovers will find almost 30 bottles to choose from ranging from under £20 to £120-plus. El Pirata has recently opened a new branch in Westbourne Grove, which features a slightly shorter wine list with a more overtly modern outlook. Read more

To save 30% on the new 'Time Out Eating & Drinking 2010' guide, just visit the Time Out shop Best New Restaurant | Best New Italian | Best New Cheap Eats | Best New Gastropub | Best New Bar | Best New Local Restaurant | Best New Café | Best New Design | Best Spanish Restaurant | Best Spanish Wine ListIn association with Wines from Spain

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