El Rincon de Rafa
This Manchester institution was a respected destination for Spanish food long before tapas became a common sight in the city centre.
Tucked away on a backstreet off Deansgate, El Rincon has a hidden gem feel, helped by the descent below street-level to the restaurant.
Authentic and fairly-priced, it’s known as the place where Spaniards go for a taste of home – whether that’s Premier League footballers or visitors from the nearby Cervantes Institute.
Owner Rafa leads a warm, welcoming team who keep the wine, paellas and inspired small plates flowing. Don’t be surprised if you emerge from those steps a little later than you planned.
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