London’s 5 Best New Restaurants

  • The interior of Hoi Polloi by Ed Reeve

    The interior of Hoi Polloi by Ed Reeve

  • The sheep's ricotta gnudi, muscat grapes, onion squash, wet walnuts, and olive crumble at AD12

    The sheep's ricotta gnudi, muscat grapes, onion squash, wet walnuts, and olive crumble at AD12

  • Charcuterie plate at Drakes Tabanco

    Charcuterie plate at Drakes Tabanco

  • Dinner is served at Smokehouse.

    Dinner is served at Smokehouse.

  • Interior of Chotto Matte by Oliver Rudkin.

    Interior of Chotto Matte by Oliver Rudkin.

  • Pork belly at Chotto Matte

    Pork belly at Chotto Matte

  • The relaxed, convivial atmosphere of Smokehouse

    The relaxed, convivial atmosphere of Smokehouse

  • The interior of Drakes Tabanco.

    The interior of Drakes Tabanco.

  • The view at AD12 by Emma Starkie.

    The view at AD12 by Emma Starkie.

  • Hoi Polloi's Smoked Salmon on Rye.

    Hoi Polloi's Smoked Salmon on Rye.

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Drakes Tabanco

Charcuterie plate at Drakes Tabanco

Charcuterie plate at Drakes Tabanco

Modeled after a traditional Spanish sherry tavern, Drakes Tabanco sits in the heart of Fitzrovia and specializes in rare and premium sherries straight from the barrel. Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla, an award-winning winery in Jerez, Spain, is responsible for producing the sherries on offer, including a divinely smokey 30-year-old Antique Palo Cortado.

If you’re only after a quick snifter, you can sit at the traditional tabanco counter at the front and enjoy a glass fresh from the cellar barrel. It’s worth taking advantage of the extensive tapas-style menu, though as the Andalusian-inspired cuisine at Drakes complements the sherries perfectly. It features an extensive offering of charcuterie and cheese as well as an excellent selection of mains—the rolled lamb breast, puy lentils, rosemary, and salsa verde is excellent and big enough to share. If you fancy taking a taste of Jerez back with you, you can purchase from a range of exclusive hand-bottled sherries.

3 Windmill Street, London, 44-20/7637-9388; Drakes Tabanco; mains from US$15; drinks from US$8

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