11 Jul 2020

Capote y Toros Ham & Sherry Bar 

This little offspring of Cambio de Tercio, just along the road, is a lively little tapas bar specialising in sherry and Jamón but also serving other delicious tapas.

From the small menu you can try:

The wonderful 5J Cinco Jotas Jabugo Jamón Iberico de Bellota or the chorizos and other charcuterie.

The patatas bravas here are served in all of their 4 restaurants and tapas bars. Small new potatoes are hollowed out and filled with smooth tomato bravas sauce, topped with a luscious dollop of spiky alioli.

Croquetas de Jamón (ham and béchamel croquettes)

Tartar atún (tuna tartar, avocado &...

23 Jun 2020


Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe, with archaeological remains dating back 3100 years.  Founded by the Phoenicians, it was the trading port with the Americas during the 18th and 19th centuries.

This famous spot in the Casco Antiguo (the older part of Cádiz is within the remnants of the city walls and is commonly referred to as the Old Town) it is an old school restaurant and tapas bar (the name means house of Lard!).

It is steeped in history and its walls are like an atmospheric art gallery from a bygone age, covered with various bullfighting memor...

23 Jan 2019


Top picture by London photographer Raquel Winn

You can view and buy some of Raquel's photos here at Saatchi Art    www.saatchiart.com/raquelwinn

For the cheaper pocket head to Bar Costa in Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera a village in the centre of the island.

There are around 16 restaurants set around the village church in this lovely spot with a vibrant hippy feel where it's a great place to while a few hours away in the interesting little shops and nooks and crannies.

On a Sunday there is likely to be a church procession.

And locals and tourists attending the Sunday service.

Just off the main squ...

27 Feb 2018


A cosy and intimate tapas bar and restaurant just five minutes walk from the main shopping streets situated in calle Jesús del Gran Poder.

Thanks to owners Juan Gómez and Jeanine Merrill (who hails from California) it has a deserved reputation for excellent food and service.

There are two menus, one seasonal, and one that changes every week or even daily, depending on what looks good and fresh at the market.

Like a lot of places, it has tapas at the bar, and full or half raciones at the tables.

You only have to walk in and look at the seafood on the counter to see its amazing freshness.

We had

12 x Ostras Frances...

15 Aug 2017


With plenty of money to spend and maybe a boat to moor, head past Cala Jondal, down a precarious dusty path (make sure you are in someone else's car!) to Cala es Xarcu and Restaurant Es Xarcu.

If you come by boat, you can anchor just in front of the restaurant and be brought aboard by the restaurant boat service (which may help to explain the cost).

Sit in this wonderfully tranquil rustic spot overlooking the bay

This beautiful little restaurant is in the same bay as the noisy euro trash Blue Marlin club, but is separated by a small headland and it's another world.  It's a grown up sort of place, lot...

1 Aug 2016

Sanlúcar de Barrameda (or simply Sanlúcar) is a city in the north-west of Cádiz province, part of the autonomous community of Andalucía in southern Spain. Sanlúcar is located on the left bank at the mouth of the Guadalquivir Riveropposite the Doñana National Park.

Sanlúcar de Barrameda is one of Spain's three better-known sherry-producing towns. (The other two are Jerez de la Frontera, for which sherry is named, and El Puerto de Santa María.)

Although a seaside town, Sanlúcar de Barrameda is also home to the oldest horse races in Spain and some of the oldest inEurope. The races take place just before sunset along the...

1 Jan 2016


The hot and cold tapas menus have been created by Michelin starred Chef Nacho Manzano. Chef of the two star restaurant Casa Macial in Arriondas and the one star restaurant La Salgar, in Gijón. Both in the northern Spanish region of Asturias.

The open kitchen lets you see all the action as it happens and the bar has a good selection of classic and signature cocktails, cavas, gin tonicas, sherries, sidras, jugs of sangria and a few beers.

There is also a Iberica Delicatessen where you can see the the famous Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (from the very best acorn fed Iberico pigs) being hand-carved to orde...

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