Bar Douro was born out of a love of Portugal where owner Max spent his childhood and where his family business Churchill’s is based. Max's family have been producing wine in the Douro Valley for over two centuries. Max couldn’t understand why Portuguese food & wine was so poorly represented in London and saw an opportunity, opening Bar Douro London Bridge in November 2016 and Bar Douro City in January 2020.
Not all of our team are Portuguese but they are all passionate about Portugal. Our Operations Manager Sol fell in love with Portuguese wines, learning about Portugal's varied wine regions and native grape varieties. She is now one of the most knowledgeable people about Portuguese wine in the UK. As a team we scrutinise the authenticity of our offering making sure that our menu and wine list do justice to Portugal’s rich culture. Our Executive chef Neuza monitors the kitchen's authenticity scale; analysing the origins of a dish, the history of flavours and the traditions of each region.
Passion — We are passionate about Portuguese food and wine and we share this passion with our customers. We encourage our community to find a connection with Portugal, whether learning about Portugal's regional food and wine, or cultural stories. We work with people who are passionate about Portugal from suppliers to producers.
Authenticity — Is at the core of our offering and it is our mission to create an authentic Portuguese experience for our customers. Our food celebrates authentic Portuguese flavours, which we apply to seasonal & local produce. We import specialist produce such as our bacalhau, alheira and pata negra ham, directly from producers across the country. Our award winning wine list is 100% Portuguese which we source directly from producers across Portugal’s varied wine growing regions.
Storytelling — Invites conversation, captivates attention, inspires the imagination and captures hearts. We are here to tell Portuguese stories: The story of Bar Douro. The story of a dish and the origins of ingredients. The stories of our producers. The story of our team and the stories of each restaurant. We share stories encouraging curiosity and sharing our knowledge of Portuguese food and wine generously with our customers.
Discovery — Portugal is famous for the Age of Discoveries, which shaped its gastronomy. We are always searching for new cutting-edge wines and regional food products to share with our customers. We encourage our customers to discover Portugal’s rich culture through our menus and wine lists; voyage to different regions, explore new flavours, learn about native grape varieties and traditional winemaking techniques, and listen to the cultural stories.
Accessibility — We bring our customers closer to Portugal by making Portuguese food and wine more accessible. We give our customers access to authentic flavours, dishes and wines which they are unable to get elsewhere in the UK. We create intimate experiences through our concise menu designed for sharing, and our relaxed but attentive service.