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“A real find ”

El Vino Fleet Street
Ranked #6,007 of 24,683 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: British
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Neighbourhood: City of London
Description: The famous haunt of journalists and barristers and immortalised as 'Pomeroys' by Rumpole of the Bailey, this wine bar and shop has a rich and colourful history and guarantees a warm welcome. Delicious, full flavoured dishes using best quality ingredients have a Spanish slant and are accompanied by an extensive wine list containing interesting wines from Spain, Portugal, South America as well as the classics from France and Italy. The genuine character and charm of El Vino Fleet Street provides a unique backdrop in which to entertain. El Vino Wine Merchants was purchased by Davy's in 2015 and El Vino has since been thoroughly refurbished.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last week, after attending an organ recital at Temple Church, we were wondering where to go for dinner when we stumbled upon El Vino, a wine bar on Fleet Street.
It looked inviting, so we went in - and what an enjoyable evening we had!
Started with a shared bottle of Gouguenheim Sparkling Malbec Rosé from Tupungato, Argentina. It was utterly delicious - we didn't even know that one of our favourite wines comes in a sparkling variant! The sommelier said it was very rare. Drank it while nibbling on a bowl of olives.
Next up, I saw the magic words, 'Old Vines' on the menu and went for the Vina Temprana Old Vines Garnacha 2016 from Spain. An inspired choice if I do say so myself. We enjoyed it very much with the Cheese & Charcuterie Board with Serrano Ham, Mortadella, Manchego, La Peral (our first taste of Spanish blue), with bread and pickles.
An excellent evening. £84.09 for everything including 12.5% service.
We enjoyed it so much that we went again last night and ordered the same wines, and for dinner shared a large platter of slow cooked pork in almond sauce. Plus a side of green leaf salad. An excellent dinner and a most enjoyable evening again with very friendly and attentive service.
Cheers to Rumpole of the Old Bailey whose favourite watering hole this was!

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El Vino Fleet S, General Manager at El Vino Fleet Street, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your positive feedback. Glad you had a great experience with us. Hopefully we will see you again soon for some more of the Sparkling Malbec.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

El Vino wine bar was founded in 1879 by Sir Alfred Bower, a future Mayor of London and remained in the Boyer Mitchell family until 2015 when Davy's a family owned wine merchant bought it. During that time it turned into a bastion of male dominated watering hole populated by journalists from Fleet Street and Lawyers who occupied various Inns of Court in the vicinity. Women were consigned to a back room being banned from the bar until a famous court case overturned this in 1982. In 2005 a service was held in St Brides to mark the last newspaper to leave Fleet Street and with that the enthusiastic drinking culture departed too. The fortunes of El Vino suffered as a consequence. Davy's have turned it into a more civilised wine bar with an excellent assortment of Tapas to complement the extensive 11 page wine list.
Long gone are the days in the late '60s when I spent some lunch times in company of some journalists only to regret the effects the next morning. Go there it is steeped in history and the staff are helpful and charming.

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Spent a night after work every Friday with my friends... best wine and best service!! Sara we love you!! Thank you so much! I feel at home anytime I am there

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

OK this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. To be honest I was not expecting much. Hadn't been in here for years. It's image is stuffy and it's normally associated with Rumpole, old legal hacks and journos of a bygone Fleet Street age.

And yet - this was a pleasant surprise. If you want a quiet drink even though you are smack bang in Central London, this is your place. We had a table in the corner, good service and an extensive range of wines. The food is an afterthought - as one review says, 11 pages of wine and half a page of food says it all. But the clue is in the name of the place. The venue is famous for its wine, but the tapas was excellent.

Big respect to the waitress who was not intimidated (unlike me) by the extensive wine knowledge of my guest who insisted on opening one of the bottles we consumed! We spent a fortune but had a great time.

To anyone who knows their wine, and wants some peace and quiet, in a quaint famous and well located venue, this is for you. Visit without prejudice.

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Thank Rhod J
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Such a famous landmark. A wine bar with a restaurant attached. You get a clue when the menu has 11 pages of wine and 1 of food. There is an extensive list of wines. That is about it. The food is average and the overall cost is high.

Thank Ian G
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