Spanish | London Bridge | Won't break the bank

There are plenty of pretenders to the tapas bar title in London, but few rock the look as authentically as Jose, which really is a bar (Sherry being the tipple of choice) first and restaurant second. That’s not to say that the food – which is really top-notch – is incidental. The place has pedigree after all; owner Jose Pizarro made a name for himself Brindisa, now legendary for its tapas. It’s just that this tiny Bermondsey bar is more about grazing while you drink than sitting down to eat. In fact, there’s not much space to sit at all. Squeeze round the marble topped bar if you can, but most of the time you’ll find yourself standing up and crowd round one of the strategically-placed barrels that serve as tables. That’s just the way it works, and of course there’s no reservations. If you feel the need for something a bit more relaxed, head up the road to Jose’s sister, Pizarro, which is more traditional. Just remember, Jose is about glugging and snacking, not dining – and it works.

Address: 104 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UB
Phone: 020 7403 4902
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Need To Know: No reservations; Closed for dinner Sunday

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