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Five of the best tapas restaurants in the North

1 year ago

Tapas joints in the UK have had a bad rap over the years. While there have always been excellent examples here in the North, diners are more discerning now than ever. Not content with cheap and cheerful chains offering generic dishes, it’s all about authentic regional specialties and playful interpretations these days. Whether it’s Catalan, Basque, Portuguese or upmarket Manc-Spanish fusion that’s your jam, it’s all covered in five of our favourites.

  • El Gato Negro, the much-praised Spanish restaurant on King Street, Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    El Gato Negro Manchester

    Restaurant - Spanish

    El Gato Negro is an upmarket Manc-Spanish fusion restaurant that really, really works. Originally from Yorkshire, chef Simon Shaw has created an indulgent, three-storey church to his passion for the best in Spanish food and wine.

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  • Levanter Restaurant Ramsbottom Figs Wine
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    Levanter

    Restaurant - Spanish

    Owned and run by Basque food importers Joe and Fiona Botham, Levanter is ‘a true tapas bar’ serving authentic Spanish dishes, wines and sherries.

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  • Outside dining at Porta Altrincham - a tapas restaurant recommended by Confidential Guides
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    Porta Altrincham

    Restaurant - European

    Spanish small plates and a menu that really delivers. Porta Altrincham might be another tapas place – but this one is a smash hit serving excellent food and fine wines.

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  • Baratxuri in Ramsbottom pays homage to the pintxos bars of the Basque region
    Ramsbottom

    Baratxuri

    Restaurant - Spanish

    Basque enclave Baratxuri is the second Ramsbottom-based bar and restaurant from Joe and Fiona Botham.

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  • Spanish wines displayed at Lunya restaurant and deli in Liverpool city centre.
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    Lunya

    Restaurant - Spanish

    World-class Catalan deli and restaurant Lunya is a wonderful place to hang out, with tapas and full-bodied meals on offer. Just don’t expect predictable options in a venue known for signature dishes like Catalan Scouse (morcilla and chorizo stew), or croquetas with oxtail and horseradish mousse.

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