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Drakes Tabanco sherry tavern planned for Fitzrovia

23 August 2013 by
Drakes Tabanco sherry tavern planned for Fitzrovia

Traditional sherry tavern Drakes Tabanco is set to open in London's Fitzrovia by the team behind West End Spanish tapas bars Barrica and Copita.

Tim Luther, who opened Barrica in 2009 followed by Copita in 2011, is behind the new venture along with business partner Nigel Howell.

Scheduled to open in October, the 50-capacity Windmill Street venue will serve sherry straight from the barrel as is traditional in a tabanco, typical of Jerez, Spain.

Commenting on his ambition for the new bar, Luther said: "Our desire to open Drakes Tabanco came from a sheer passion for these often misunderstood wines.

"We hope that like Drake, we are able to reignite the Brits thirst for the great drink that is sherry - but this time with the full cooperation of our Spanish friends."

A limited release en Rama sherry, hand-bottled for Drakes Tabanco, will be available alongside a number of other exclusives, including an off-dry Rare Old India - a blend of long-aged Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez - and a 30-year-old Antique Palo Cortado.

The en Rama and barrelled sherries will be produced by Bodegas Rey Fernando De Castilla and customers will be able to fill a bottle from a barrel for purchase to take home.

Table service with a full food menu will be on offer, and a sherry matching will be available at the u-shaped bar.

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