Friday, 6 June 2014

Bar Pepito

It's London Wine Week! The inaugural LWW celebrating all things wine, with three central wine hubs where you can collect your wristbands (thank you Fabric!). Armed with these, and a handy guide, you can mull around the hubs, sample wine flights (tasters of three or more wines) or premium wines for £5, or attend any of the events going on in over 120 venues all around the capital.

It runs from 2-8 June, and on Wednesday evening I popped into the Riedel Hub in Kingly Court to collect my wristbands, and have a browse around. Next I headed to King's Cross to meet my sherry- and wine-loving friend, and we popped into Bar Pepito in Varnisher's Yard, just off Pentonville Road. Right across the courtyard from Camino, we nabbed a barrel to sit at, and ordered a sherry flight for £5 (Five Pounds!). Sherry, yes, is usually an Emily Bishop drink, but it's always good to acquire new tastes. We had Los Tres Pueblos, which consisted of a dry, a medium and a slightly sweet sherry. My favourite was the Puerto Fina Reserve, it seemed to have a lot more legs than the other two!

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Sherry flights at Bar Pepito

 A great sherry deserves some accompanying tapas, and the menu recommends a matching tapas dish for each flight. We decided to ignore this wisdom, however, and chose a range of dishes which took our fancy:

Chorizo Morcón 
Gildas: Salty anchovies, pickled chilli, gordal olive and cherry tomato skewer

Soon we moved onto a glass of the premium wine on offer - they have an Albarino, a crisp white fruity number, and an elegant Rioja with a spicy cherry flavour. With this we ordered some more tapas:
Tortilla del Siglo XXI: Free-range egg and potato tortilla, Pepito style
Pate de pato: Duck liver paté with Amontillado jelly
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Cecina de Leon: Cured beef from Léon, Manchego, truffle oil

Tapas is one of my favourite kinds of food, and this menu was probably the best I've tasted in London. Served in a cosy, traditionally Spanish setting, on a sunny afternoon you'd feel as though you were in Barcelona. As the office people teetered away after their post-work swift one, the evening was relaxing, utterly delicioso, and all the more enjoyable for our special LWW treatment!

Bar Pepito
3 Varnishers Yard
The Regent’s Quarter,
King’s Cross, N1 9FD
020 7841 7331

Monday – Friday: 5pm – Midnight
Saturday: 6pm – Midnight

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