Drakes Tabanco

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The founders of Copita and Barrica have extended their Spanish crusade with Drakes Tabanco – an old-style sherry tavern offering exclusive tipples drawn direct from the barrel using a traditional ‘venencia’ cup. Among the choice sips, look for off-dry Rare Old India and 30-year-old Antique Palo Cortado from the renowned Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla; otherwise pick something from the ‘shop shelf’ or fill a bottle from the barrel of your choice. Those wanting solid sustenance should head to the back of the venue, where a menu of Andalusian-inspired tapas is bolstered by ideas from nearer home – think air-dried tuna, goose rillettes, Ibérico pork tongue, smoked scallops, gravlax and octopus stew. The venue takes its name from seafaring hero Sir Frances Drake – the first man to bring butts of sherry to England as contraband in the wake of the Armada.

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Drakes Tabanco

3 Windmill Street ,London W1T 2HY

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Excellent tapas, cava and sherry

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Jun 2016

Editor's pick I've been meaning to pop in here for a while now as husband is a sherry fan and last night we did. I sat at one of the small high tables for two in the bar waiting for husband, drinking a lovely glass of cava and was presented with a "tapas" by one of the staff to accompany my drink. I was a little dismayed as it was about the only item on the menu that I would never order - goats cheese (eeeugh). Being British though, I couldn't possibly be so rude as to not even try it, and...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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Drakes Tabanco

3 Windmill Street ,London W1T 2HY

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May 2014

My husband and I had a very nice lunch yesterday. The food was good and the service was excellent. Our waitress was really friendly and helpful and advised us of the different sherries they supplied. It was not too busy but enough people were there to create a good atmosphere. Music was not too loud which is a definate plus these days. Would visit again if in the area.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Drakes Tabanco

3 Windmill Street ,London W1T 2HY

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Missing something

by   platinum reviewer (215)

Nov 2013

Editor's pick It is self-evident that newcomers need to do something a little different and fight very hard if they are to survive on the London restaurant scene. This is particularly the case in the Fitzrovia nexus of Charlotte Street and Goodge Street where diners are already spoilt for choice. Against this background comes Drakes Tabanco, a ‘tabanco’ being – so the restaurant’s website informed me – “a tavern typical of Jerez which serves sherry wines straight from the barrel, along with simple tasty food.”...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 8

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  • Address: 3 Windmill Street, London W1T 2HY
  • Telephone: 020 7637 9388
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 12N-11.30pm Sun CLOSED

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