El Vino

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El Vino

This Fleet Street spot has been keeping whistles whet for more than 135 years, having opened up back in 1879 – the year electric lighting was first introduced to London, remember? El Vino remains resolutely old-school, with dark wood dominating.

A 200-strong wine list 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.

And to eat? Small plates such as fried chilli chicken wings and padron peppers alongside larger plates including slow-cooked ox cheek in rioja and baked aubergine with buffalo mozzarella, artichoke, parmesan, basil and rocket. Mezze, charcuterie and cheese boards also feature.

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El Vino says
The famous haunt of journalists and barristers – and immortalised as 'Pomeroys' by Rumpole of the Bailey – this wine bar and shop has a rich and colourful history. Delicious, full flavoured dishes using best quality ingredients have a Spanish slant and are accompanied by an extensive wine list .
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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!