Accompanying the influx of increasingly authentic and high-quality Spanish food, the capital has also taken a shine to its natural accompaniment, sherry. Sherry bars have been sprouting all over the city like puddles in a deluge and of those, few would dispute that Pepito is one of the best. First off - it's tiny. With five tables fashioned from sherry casks and two staff, we're not talking a particularly soothing experience. But for conviviality, excitement and excellent drinks and food, you'd be hard pressed to do much better in London. The bar - an offshoot of the larger Camino across the road - serves a broad variety of sherries. At last count it numbered 15, and though we're yet to try them all, a plate of manchego cheese and a delicious glass of fino is more than a little incentive to return.
Besides the aforementioned fino, the bar also specialises in bold manzanillas and the sweeter flavours of sherries produced from the incomparable pedro ximenez grapes. Just a shade under a tenner will allow you to try a broad selection of these. To complete the experience, small plates of cold bar food are served alongside to complement the sauce. We're not talking cold pork pies and rubbery cheddar - jamon iberico, juicy olives and flavourful anchovies provide a wonderful contrast to the sweetness and heady punch of the sherries.
Bar Pepito, Varnishers Yard, Kings-Cross, N1 9FDView Larger Map
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