The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 17th March 2011

Abel Lusa’s Cambio de Tercio group is launching fourth venture, Capote y Toros on Old Brompton Road, a ham and sherry bar boasting the world’s most extensive sherry list of over 100 varieties.

The venue is based on a neighbourhood joints in downtown Cádiz and following in the illustrious footsteps of famous watering holes such as Casa Manteca or La Venta de Vargas where legendary flamenco musician Camarón de la Isla began his career.

Guests can sit at the bar or at one of the eight tables and feast on Iberico pork charcuterie from Spanish producer Sanchez Romero Carvajal or traditional Andalucían-inspired tapas such as Gambas, Salmorejo Cordobes, Pringa, Atun de Almadraba, Sardinas Marinadas and Ajo Blanco – all made by head chef Alberto Criado from the freshest seasonal ingredients.

And then of course, there’s the sherry… The list has been compiled with the help of Jerez-born expert Peter Dauthieu and aims to bring the 70’s tipple bang up to date as a contemporary, sophisticated and accessible drink. Sherry will even be used as a staple ingredient of many of the tapas dishes.

We’re talking dry Finos and Manzanillas through to sweet Pedro Ximénez plus forgotten treasures specially bottled for Capote y Toros. All will be available by the glass with 25 labels served in half bottles. An £11 tasting selection of five sherries should get things started nicely – as will the twice weekly live flamenco music.

But if all that sherry’s getting a little too much there’s also an extensive 400 strong wine list. Fans of Rafa Nadal's new Armani ads will be happy to know that the Cambio de Tercio flagship restaurant on Old Brompton Road, is one of his favourite haunts. Hmmm wonder if he likes sherry…

Opening 8 April.