GinTonica at The Distillery

4.5
32 reviews
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£25 and under
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Spanish
After spending much time enjoying and researching the tapas bars and restaurants in Spain, particularly the Basque region, head chef Greg Lewis now serves his own fresh take on some of his favourite dishes. We use the finest imported Spanish produce married with the best seasonal ingredients to produce a modern British twist on traditional Spanish recipes.

We’ve also curated a list of 100 gins from around the world and matched them with complementary mixers and garnishes allowing the character of each to flourish. Alongside this sits a collection of simple, flavourful cocktails with a Spanish twist, created by our resident cocktail gurus, using traditional ingredients, flavours & methods from the region.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Basque
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday:
5pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday:
12pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 8pm
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Phone number
020 3034 2233
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
By our very nature we work hard and play hard, so that’s why we’ve combined the two with our private dining room and integrated bar. Book your team in for a meeting or conference and afterwards, turn it into a spirited discussion (get it?) with your own private bartender to shake & stir you up some boozy delights or order a four-course feast from either of our kitchens. You can even add a gin masterclass to the session if you’re so inclined. Please visit our website for further information:

https://the-distillery.london/the-boardroom/
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From the creators of the fabled Ginstutute sessions, comes The Distillery Presents… an exciting new dining event that welcomes curious minds for an evening of gastronomic storytelling and potable adventures.

Taking place in the intimate setting of The Boardroom, our resident raconteurs will take you on a multi-sensory historical journey; regaling stirring stories that are brought to life by a fantastical five course feast of food and drink, created by The Distillery’s executive chef, Greg Lewis.

With several unique stories to choose from, The Distillery Presents… tells the tales of history’s greatest bon vivants, revolutionaries and larger than life characters, uncovering the legends and revealing fascinating anecdotes between courses.

Please visit our website for further details:
https://the-distillery.london/the-distillery-presents/
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 32 People Are Saying
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TB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice pub for a get together with friends and listening to Jazz music. Relaxed and chilled vibe.

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JK
London
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The highlight of GinTonica are the cocktails. They are made with the utmost care and taste fantastic. The tapas menu is interesting, unique, but doesn't make you go wow. I was actually hoping for the wow you get from chefs with a unique offering. Nevertheless, for great drinks with some Tapas on the side, its a good stop.

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KS
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love The Distillery

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LJ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find, great gin, great staff and great olives :-)

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R
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We chose a 5pm table, splendiferous gin & tonics and cocktails, a bit trolled by the time the tapas came out but it certainly tasted good. We were the only table there which is to do with our timing - a few cocktails, few tapas and we were at £390 for three - so cheap it ain’t but this is the epicentre of gin-fizzery and general gin-ness.

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EF
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Found this gem in Ladbroke Grove in the Portobello Road ... booked in advance and the place was buzzing! Great Gin selection. This bar serves tapas with drinks rather than British or European.

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JP
London
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We gathered for some tapas prior to our Ginstitute booking downstairs but would gladly have gone back afterwards for more had it been open!

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Gintonica! Love the place. Absolutely friendly staff - especially Delphine- bubbly and charming. It’s a quiet place to enjoy with a friend when you just want to chill and chat. 💕💕

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ML
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful evening at Gintonica. Sampled lovely tapas - the mackerel & the bonqerones were exceptional! Delish cocktails to accompany & the guys serving were great 😄! Thank you

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this place as my cousin was visiting from Kenya! We loved the place and the staff were so caring. We explained we wanted the gin experience and we were shown and explained about the various gins they had and given a taste of few before we made our choice of gin and mixers. The food was great, special attention was given by all the staff and we will definitely visit again. In fact we’ve already planned a visit in October and were thinking of making this our regular monthly place to get together! Loved the atmosphere, and we could actually have a conversation!

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AI
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very quiet when we went. G&Ts are awesome - so much choice. The tapas menu was small but everything we had was cooked to perfection. The tortilla and chorizo were both amazing. Had lovely window seat overlooking bustling Portobello Road market. More people came in after us making the atmosphere better. Lovely place to have a gin (or 2) and some really well cooked food. Will certainly come again.

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BM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! Phenomenal selection of gin and cocktails with friendly, personal, efficient service. We return time and time again.

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JG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wonderful little tapas place with excellent cocktails. We enjoyed getting a few plates, a few drinks and the atmosphere of the place is pretty cool. Small, laid back and easy going. Appreciated the attentive service, but not overbearing.

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JK
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you for helping us celebrate my mom's 80th bday - we had a great time - food & drink were terrific!! The service was AMAZING!

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DB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had lovely tapas lunch. Would have given 5 stars if booking had been dealt with correctly. Arrived early and said had reservation, was shown to table upstairs but asked on arrival if could sit in window area.... only 1 other table taken at this point. Told no, as that was also reserved. Half way through meal, received email from OpenTable saying we hadn't arrived. On checking with our very helpful waitiress, she investigated and learnt that waiter from downstairs hadn't heard me correctly and didn't take us to our booked table ... in the window!..(hence restaurant listing us as a no show!)... such a shame as you can see all fun in Portobello Market ... something we went along to experience. That being said our waitress tried to recompense and offered a scrumptious free chocolote mousse as an extra for dessert.

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AD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a handful of tapas dishes, which were fresh, authentic and tasty. Our server was very friendly and helpful.
Well worth a visit to Gintonica, if you happen to be in Portobello Road.

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BM
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous cocktail menu! The best G&Ts we have ever had.

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KV
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gintonica is one of my favourite places. A long list of gins to work your way through, the ambiance is nice a chilled and staff are very attentative. Highly recommend!

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JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was expensive but quick to be served to us and every dish was amazing. A large selection of gin. Katy was very helpful with the gin selections and took time to explain some of the gin to us. Glad we didn't move to the downstairs bar in the end as we had a great table. Would recommend to any gin fan, but for a romantic meal i wouldn't suggest a Sat night as it was quite loud.
Will definitely go back - would love to try out the hotel next time.

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NR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place, but smaller than I though, I could hear everyone else’s conversation!
Our waitress was great and also the manager.
Food was amazing and drinks were nice.
Overall would recommend!

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FG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing. Perfect for gin lovers. Fantastic service. Will return !

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S
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Distillery was a lovely venue. The tapas menu at Gintonica was varied and the food was excellent and the cheesecake was sublime! The range of gins on offer was extensive with lots that we had not come across before. The staff were welcoming and friendly and were happy to share their knowledge of the gins should you want it. We had a lovely evening and will definitely visit again.

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic BUT they advertise as a tapas bar so we ordered 6 between 2 of us - the portions were too big! They were main course sized. Either we should have been warned that 6 dishes would be too, much, or they could have suggested we order a couple and the order more. But the pot of tapas is that you try different dishes - I used to live in Spain and have never seen anything like it. Consequently a lot was wasted which is not good (and that was despite me trying to finish as much as I could)!

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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As a Spaniard I like to try the different offering of Tapas/Spanish restaurants in London. Not all of them are good or even serving proper nice tapas. GinTonica does serve very nice tapas, with a little twist and with genuine Spanish ingredients and flavours.
The service was very attentive and knowledgeable, good recommendations in wine and drinks.

The location is great right in the middle of Potobello road, so mixing good tapas with traditional London cool vibe is definitely a winer. Great bar downstairs too.

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KV
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I’ve been here a few times with smaller groups, this was the first time of a larger size (8 people) so had we had to pay deposit and set menu food options. Overall it was a great evening and staff were helpful when you could get someone’s attention. My only warning, make sure you get all your menu options dishes - even after I queried that some dishes were missing I was told our full order had come. So had to resort to double checking my emails to ensure everything had come, which it didn’t and the staff then sorted it out. It was a little embarrassing, because you don’t want to have to make a scene in front a group of friends complaining!

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W
London
38 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent gin selection and friendly waiting staff. When we first arrived, we were the only people in the restaurant, apart from some loud people drinking at the bar which made the atmosphere a little odd. This improved as more people arrived later in the evening. Some food was a little overpriced, however the cheese plate was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Highly recommend

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Went there to try new gins but found that they were out of stock in three out of the five gins we wanted to try. Always a lovely place to be on a Saturday afternoon watching Portobello street market going on below but the lack of interesting gins was disappointing .

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OT
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here on a weekend trip to London. Food was beautiful, service attentive but not intrusive, drinks were of a high quality.
Overall a very good experience and will look forward to revisiting

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RA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table Gintonica following our Gin Blending Experience downstairs, in hindsight we should have eaten first as The Ginstitute is wonderfully boozy!

We had six tapas plates between the 2 of us and they were all fantastic! The standout dishes for me had to be the grilled lamb and the truffle risotto. Cant wait to return and work my way through the G&T list

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CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited The Distillery and stayed in one of their rooms which was perfectly decorated and really comfy.

We booked a table at GinTonica for the practicality and were blown away with the quality of local produce and really tasty food. We shared a range of the tapas between 2. We picked 3 dishes each and shared a charcuterie board and it was just fantastic.

The service from start to finish for both our lodging stay and the dinner in GinTonica was impeccable. Can't wait to return again and try a few more of their superb range of gins!

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AR
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic range of gins (although nothing beats their very own Portobello Road Gin) and really creative, tasty food. Their Gin & Tonic Plus serve was my favourite (blue one with the grapefruit!)

A good range of tapas to share between two was more than enough and incredibly flavoursome. Lovely decor and friendly, personable service.

Will definitely be back again (and really want to try their Ginstitute experience too)!

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