Jerez has arrived in Fitzrovia today in the shape of Drakes Tabanco, traditional sherry tavern from the team behind Copita and Barrica. Sherry will be served straight from the barrel alongside natural wines, artisan beer and an Andalusian-inspired menu.
Among the range of largely exclusive sherries in barrel is an off-dry Rare Old India – a blend of long-aged Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez, and a 30 year old Antique Palo Cortado. You’ll also find the limited release en Rama sherry, hand-bottled especially for Drakes Tabanco. All are produced by Bodegas Rey Fernando De Castilla.
At the front counter guests can enjoy a glass of sherry taken straight from the barrel using a venencia – the traditional tool of the bodega’s Capataz, or Cellarmaster. In true tabanco tradition, you can also fill a bottle from the barrel of your choice to take home, or purchase from the ‘shop shelf’ offerings from Jerez’s most respected family-owned bodegas such as El Maestro Sierra, Emilio Hidalgo and Limited Edition Specialists, Equipo Navazos.
Towards the back is a dining area with table service. The menu features a range of charcuterie: with cured meats, Iberico pork tongue and goose rillettes, and a seafood board with air-dried mojama (tuna), smoked scallops and gravadlax. Larger dishes such as Octopus stew, Lamb Breast and pork cheek will also be available plus a special sherry matching tasting menu available at a U-shaped bar which groups can reserve.
Drakes Tabanco takes its name from Sir Frances Drake, who first brought sherry to Britain from Cadiz in the Sixteenth century.