11 Jul 2020

Capote y Toros Ham & Sherry Bar 

This little offspring of Cambio de Tercio, just along the road, is a lively little tapas bar specialising in sherry and Jamón but also serving other delicious tapas.

From the small menu you can try:

The wonderful 5J Cinco Jotas Jabugo Jamón Iberico de Bellota or the chorizos and other charcuterie.

The patatas bravas here are served in all of their 4 restaurants and tapas bars. Small new potatoes are hollowed out and filled with smooth tomato bravas sauce, topped with a luscious dollop of spiky alioli.

Croquetas de Jamón (ham and béchamel croquettes)

Tartar atún (tuna tartar, avocado &...

23 Jun 2020

TABERNA CASA MANTECA

Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe, with archaeological remains dating back 3100 years.  Founded by the Phoenicians, it was the trading port with the Americas during the 18th and 19th centuries.

This famous spot in the Casco Antiguo (the older part of Cádiz is within the remnants of the city walls and is commonly referred to as the Old Town) it is an old school restaurant and tapas bar (the name means house of Lard!).

It is steeped in history and its walls are like an atmospheric art gallery from a bygone age, covered with various bullfighting memor...

20 Jun 2020

BODEGAS REAL TESORO Y VALDESPINO - A visiti in April 2018

This is an excellent bodega to tour, getting an all round view of sherry production and other associated activities. 

To start  the tour of the bodegas facilities, you will meet in the main reception area.

You will then be taken through the world of Sherry wines, across the different wine cellars.

Marqués del Real Tesoro.

Marqués del Real Tesoro

Valdespino.

This bodgea is huge, classical music is played to the sherry gently, throughout the day.

 

The bodega is a beautiful building, built only recently but it recreates an authentic 18th century bodega perfectly. It is...

18 May 2020

BODEGAS PEDRO DOMECQ

 A visit from July 2015

The Pedro Domecq Bodega (famous for Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Terry’s Brandy and Fundador Sherries) is a really interesting experience that can be arranged shortly before visiting.

The guides speak good English and give a very in-depth guided tour around the bodega, explaining, how the different types of sherry and brandy are produced and stored, bottled and marketed under their different brand names.

The solera system is explained, where a third of the wine is drawn from the oldest barrel at the bottom of the solera for bottling and replenished with a third from the next...

14 Apr 2019

BARRAFINA          1 Michelin Star

Barrafina has moved to a new address in Soho, from Frith street to  

26-27 Dean Street, Soho, London.

We thought we would give the new venue a try on this midweek evening in March 2019.

As usual it was busy, so we had to wait 45 mins to be seated. Once we were, these are a few of the dishes that we tried.

Pimientos de Padron and Jamón croquetas.

 Paletila Ibérica

Lenguado en salsa de almendra (sole in almond Sauce)

Solomillo Rubia Gallega (sirloin steak from Galicia)

The food is still very good and the atmosphere is still very buzzy.

This visit is a follow up to...

12 Jun 2018

JOSÉ SHERRY & TAPAS BAR

Situated on a corner of the now trendy area of Bermondsey Street this cosy little tapas bar serves up excellent authentic tapas. Opened by José Pizarro with his eponymous restaurant, Pizarro, further up the street.

José is a buzzing spot for an atmospheric lunch or dinner.

This is not a sit down restaurant, but a Spanish bar, where you go to have a drink and some tapas, standing or sitting on stools with a barrel for a table. There are also window stools looking out onto the street.

A typical menu would consist of:

Baby spinach with honey dressing

Gazpacho, toasted bread

Boquerones con vinegre (anch...

29 Mar 2018

TABERNA MANOLO CATECA 

Tucked away in a corner alleyway, this hidden gem really gives you the feel of being a local.

The bar as been in this side street since 1920, when it was a wine despacho, becoming Taberna La Goleta in 1952.

The current owner Manuel Navarro, whose nickname is Cateca, hence the new name, took over around five years ago.

It is fairly small inside and always seems popular day and night, when it is packed to the brim with plenty of people standing outside drinking and enjoying the Sevilla nightlife. 

The main thing here is, the large range of sherries of all types.

They also have a gr...

28 Feb 2018

LA CARBONÁ  

The dining room of this spacious and elegant restaurant is located in what was once a antiguo casco de bodega (sherry winery/celler) It was transformed into a fabulous restaurant where the aim was to showcase the local food of Jerez de la Frontera and the rest of Spain along side the local sherry wines.   

In this old bodega light penetrates the room through the spartans that cover the windows, letting in the Jerezana breeze, especially on days of sunset, maintaining the optimum temperature of their wines.

The room is set on the original floor where the sherry foremen once tasted the sherry wines...

7 Feb 2018

La Venencia is like stepping back in time into an Andalusian sherry bar from the 1920/30’s. The bar has a great history to it (it is believed anti Franco supporters used to meet here during the Spanish civil war).

It is doubtful the place has changed much over the years. The unassuming sign above the door. The dusty old sherry bottles behind the bar & the vintage posters on the walls gives the place great character. 

This refreshingly non modernised, quirky old  bar only serves sherry. You will see very old smoke stained walls and casks of various types of sherry from where they will fill unlabelled bottles. The menu...

18 Jan 2017

La Taperia - Mesón del Asador (formally Pulpo y Aparte)

If you are looking for grilled and or octopus in Jerez de la Frontera, this is the place to come.

If you like pulpo (octopus) you will not go wrong in finding this smart little tapas bar. They have different options, from healthy boiled traditional Pulpo a Feira to pan fried versions.

The excellent Pulpo a Feira here is so good you would almost think you are in some little pulpeira in cool Galicia rather then the baking hot sherry town of Jerez de la Frontera.

There are also excellent grilled meats like chuletón de vaca retinta

 or chuletón de buey

Also try Pimentos...

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