Where to enjoy great tapas
Tapas are becoming an increasingly popular cuisine option, with restaurants springing up on high streets across the UK. Comprising countless small dishes, tapas allow you to truly try a bite of everything you fancy. They are also the easiest foods to vary according to your appetite or party size. Not hungry? Just order a few dishes. Want a feast to feed a crowd? Keep ordering! There will be plenty of options for different diets, including vegetarian and pescatarian, and by ordering dishes to share, you may find tapas that tempt fussy eaters into trying something new. To drink, why not try one of the Spanish wines, some sherry or a pitcher of Sangria?
Top UK tapas restaurants
- Ibérica has branches in London, Manchester and Leeds. The restaurants aim to serve a delicious mixture of traditional tapas, such as patatas bravas, and modern inventions, including “gazpacho in a bite.”
- El Rincón de Rafa has been serving tapas in Manchester for over 20 years. As well as serving traditional tapas, including chorizo and albondigas, this lively restaurant also lets you catch up on Spanish football.
- Pix has several restaurants in London -- two in Soho and one each in Covent Garden and Notting Hill. Its name is short for “pinxtos,” which are tapas from the Basque Country. Pinxtos means “spikes” or “thorns” and reflects the use of skewers in the serving.
- Neon Jamón has two restaurants in Liverpool serving tapas, with an emphasis on the Catalan style. A particularly popular section of their menu is the charcuteria, which comes from specialist butchers and ham specialists in Rioja.
- Copita in Soho, London prides itself on using the best seasonal ingredients to create its tapas. Expect an inventive and diverse menu to sample.
- Bar Tozino in London is the city’s first Jamón Bodega, serving superb hams from across Spain as well as a range of seasonal tapas.