Recently Sherry has gone from being something that your nan drinks when she's watching Countdown, to something hip and trendy. So hip and trendy that Jose (pronounced hoe-say if you wanna sound all sophisticated and Spanish-like) on Bermondsey street describes itself as a tapas and sherry bar.
Jose is a relative new-comer to this hip gay-favoured street. It is usually packed full. "Bar" is more apt than restaurant as most people end up standing to drink their sherry. And no you can't avoid this with organisation - they don't take bookings. There are a few places to perch if you want to eat which I suggest you do because the food is delicious.
Of course there are the cold meats - salty jambon iberico and chorizo, as well as classics like meatballs, nutty cheeses, tortilla and tomato salads. But there are also more unexpected delights - Pisto with crispy duck egg or peas with bacon.
There are a great number of sherries to try too. If your knowledge doesn't extend further than dark ones and light ones feel free to ask for a recommendation. We usually try several. Warning! Sherry gets you drunk fast - hiccup!
The owner is a friendly guy who likes to chat and the staff are helpful. Jose has been such a success that the management have also opened a larger restaurant down the road.
But, here's a story for you, Jose's building has a dark past. It's previous owner ran a sandwich shop on the premises. One day a member of her staff who she had fired came back to argue with her about money and killed her. Maybe her ghost haunts the place? There are certainly worse places to haunt than a sherry bar.