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Ola José! José Pizarro’s New Sherry Bar Hits Bermondsey

José Pizarro

At long last, José Pizarro, former head chef at Brindisa Group, has opened his sherry bar in Bermondsey. It’s as good as I hoped it would be, terrific food & wines are served at really decent prices in a lovely cosy room. Better than that, Josés warm personality is evident throughout, it’s really friendly and welcoming. Warm wood counters grace large windows, it’s predominantly standing room here, but that adds to the bustling vibe.

The wine list has been put together by Tim Atkin MW and Jo Ahearne MW, and features a terrific house cava by Babot at £6 a glass. I also really enjoyed a glass of Verdejo from (2010 Cuatro Rayas), a fresh and lively sauvignon blanc from Rueda at £6.50 a glass. There is of course the sherry which has its own comprehensive list. I have yet to explore this properly but will definitely be going back there to sample.

What of the food? There wasn’t a dud dish when I visited. My favourites were the divine croquetas, perfect tortilla, pisto with fried duck egg, albondigas iberico with spicy tomato sauce, gazpacho that tastes like it has come straight from Andalucia, and hake with allioli. Tapas prices range from £3.50 to £7. There are no reservations so just turn up.

José, 104 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3UB





  1. Paul says

    That looks really good fun, love the sound of the wine list as well.

  2. God I’m absolutely wild about tapas. The Opera House Tavern was great (pig ears…yum) but went with my bf’s whole family so it was a lot of polite sharing, need to go be greedy!

    All sounds lovely although I’m in Camden, will try to venture south, sounds good value too..

  3. Hooray! Been counting down the months myself.

    Have you made it to Capote Y Toros yet? Was there last night. Absolutely splendid. I suspect it’s going to be a very tapas summer.

  4. Tori (@eat-tori) says

    Looks fantastic- more cava and quality tapas within walking distance. Cue my happy face.

  5. Oh I WISH I’d actually come to this instead of trying to be sensible and get work done. Damn it. I’ll have to find time for a visit soon.

  6. I shall have to get down to Bermondsey post-haste as this all looks very lovely. But then Jose is a lovely guy so what would you expect ; )

  7. Richard says

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll add it to my (growing) list of restaurants to visit.

  8. Mike says

    The food looks FAB!! Definitely going to make a visit soon!!

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