Review on Drakes Tabanco
The team behind the successful Barrica and Copita restaurants launched their third venture in October 2013 called Drakes Tabanco, located on Windmill Street, a short walk from Goodge Street tube station. Taking its name from Sir Francis Drake, the venue reflects the tabanco or sherry taverns that are typical of Jerez in the south-western area of Spain. The interiors are simply decorated in a rustic fashion, with dark wood panelling and white walls adorned with black and white photos of old Spanish men and women. There's dark wood tables and chairs with banquette seating lining the wall and a curved bar with high stools at the charcuterie station featuring overhead hanging legs of Jamóns.
The kitchen has compiled a Spanish and British inspired menu to complement their fine and rare sherry wines, served straight from the barrel. There's an extensive list of nibbles and small plates, together with sharing boards and more substantial mains on offer, as well as their pairing menu. Typically you could choose tapas in the shape of pork and oxtail meatballs, or for something fishy there's cured sardines, shallot mayonnaise and pickled shallots, while veggies might opt for avocado salad, walnut, apple and Baby Gem. For the sweet-toothed there's strawberry Bakewell paired with clotted cream or maybe vanilla ice cream, Malaga raisins and Pedro Ximenez.
If the fine Jerez sherries are not to your taste, there's a short list of traditional made natural wines and award-winning organic craft beers.
Drakes Tabanco is also featured in: Michelin Guide, HardensRate this Restaurant
Spanish / British
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 (12.30pm Sat) through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card