Restaurateurs plan UK’s first cava bar

Bar Pepito in Kings CrossSpanish bar and restaurant group Camino is to open the UK’s first dedicated cava bar at its new restaurant Camino San Pablo in the City of London in May.

The Blackfriars Lane site will specialise in high-quality tapas dishes and Spanish wines in an environment that aims to bring the spirit and flavours of Spain to the UK.

Beneath the restaurant, the Copa de Cava will offer around 25 different cavas, including the finest brut, reserva and grand reserva releases.

Alongside the cavas will be an extensive seafood and charcuterie menu, including navajas (razor clams, broad beans and chorizo) and carpaccio of fillet steak with capers and manchego shavings.

The bar’s deep-arched brick ceiling will evoke the traditional Spanish caves where cava is stored in bodegas across the Catalan region. Glass floor panels will allow guests to peer down to the cava cellar where thousands of bottles will be stored.

Camino managing director Richard Bigg said: “Cava offers far more choice and quality than many people believe. From refreshing brut to serious, aged vintage, Copa de Cava will prove that you can get a wide range of grapes and regions beyond traditional Catalunya.

“It’s decadent, high quality yet affordable. In fact, this is all about a new dawn for cava in the UK.”

Camino San Pablo’s interior will feature a scattering of quirky artefacts sourced from throughout Spain, including a 150-year-old wine press from the wine region of Somontano, traditional Andalusian terracotta tiles and a map wall – or “muro de mapas” – featuring six themed maps relating to different aspects of Spanish life.

There will also be a crow’s nest DJ booth, overlooking much of Camino San Pablo, from where Camino DJs will perform several nights a week.

The restaurant and cava bar will be the group’s fourth offering in London, building on the success of the other Camino sites in King’s Cross, Canary Wharf and Monument.

Camino also operates Bar Pepito (pictured), the award-winning bar that opened next to Camino in King’s Cross in 2010 dedicated to sherry. The aim of the Copa de Cava is to get poeple as excited about cava as Bar Pepito did with sherry.

Camino has received £3million in funding from the Business Growth Fund and has an ambitious expansion programme over the next three years, intending to build the group to 10 Camino restaurants and bars in London by 2015, creating 250 jobs.

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