Max Graham is scion of Churchill’s Port, a family who have been making Churchill’s wine and port for over two centuries in the Douro Valley. In 2016, Max went on to open Bar Douro under the arches of London Bridge; a wine bar and restaurant inspired by his childhood growing up in Porto. Bill Knott described it as ‘grazer’s paradise’ in The Financial Times and Marina O’Loughlin, writing for the Guardian declared it so good ‘I have to restrain myself from licking the plate.’
Everything is expertly sourced and true to the Portugal he knows, including bespoke panels adorning the walls from Ceramica Bicesse and Portuguese marble from Aveiro. The small-plates menu draws inspiration from cerveijarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto, and runs from Petiscos of Croquetes de Alheira (Smoked Portuguese sausage) and Pataniscas de Bacalhau (Salt cod fritters), through to more contemporary dishes of Octopus with sweet potato and Iberico pork ribs with a ruby port glaze.
The carefully curated Portuguese wine list is as important as the small plates served alongside it. Exploring key wine growing regions and highlighting the huge range of native grape varieties that Portugal has to offer, Max works closely with independent winemakers importing a selection of wines not currently available in the UK.