23 Jul 2020

Hostal Marino

On our return to Hostal Marino in July 2020, after a couple of years of absence, we came across a few changes.

The outside of the hostal had completely changed. 

This, I believe, was for local legislation regarding balconies being made more secure and slightly higher.

But inside was the biggest change, the swimming pool was not there anymore!

This is because, the hosta, are building a new 27 room 4-star hotel in the space next door, which is taking part of the area where the swimming pool was. The new hotel will have a swimming pool on the roof and guests at Hostal Marino will be able to use it. There...

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 &...

11 Jul 2020


This restaurant is located in a the old part of town in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, very close to the old market, the Mercado de Abastos de Santiago (from which they stock on a daily basis).

This trendy and contemporary restaurant has two areas. A casual, wine and tapas bar on the ground floor

And a more formal, small but cosy dining room on the first floor of this old house

From here you can enjoy a new take on Galician dishes from the open kitchen. Also, there is a small outside patio to sit for a pleasant lunch or evening meal when the weather lets you.

Some of the tapas availab...

7 Feb 2020


Our initial reason for going on this trip was to see the almond blossom but unfortunately, we were a little too early, so we spent our time in and around the town. Plasencia, which is a walled market city in the province of Cáceres in Extremadura, has a population of around 40,000.

Situated on the bank of the Jerte River, Plasencia has an historic quarter that is a consequence of the city's strategic location along the Silver Route, or Ruta de la Plata, guarding the entrance to the Jerte valley.

Since the 15th century, the noblemen of the region began to move to Plasencia, defini...

10 Jan 2020


On our recent trip to La Rioja we decided to take a pinchos bar crawl down the famous Calle Laurel in Logroño. These were our favourite bars and bites on this very busy and pleasant evening in December.


Travesía de Laurel, 1, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja

Quite literally a hole in the wall and very easy to walk past. The very traditional Bar Cid has vines and grapes dangling from the wooden beam ceiling, above the same duo of old men hanging out at the bar every night.

Serving up one pincho only, grilled mushrooms (setas a la plancha).

Serving up one pincho...

2 Dec 2019

We came to Canto, which is a recent creation of Simon Shaw of El Gata Negro Tapas fame, on an unusually  sunny Sunday Lunchtime In Manchester, for a meal, before going to the football at Old Trafford later that day.

You will find this younger sibling of Simon‘s, in the heart of Manchesters latest to be redeveloped neighbourhood, Ancoats, on Cutting Room Square.

It is quite a stunning, large space, with blue Portuguese tiles, which reminded me of a recent visit to Braga.

They use the finest seasonal ingredients, sourced locally and from Europe creating small dishes, great for sharing.

Head Chef Carlos Gomes is...

12 Oct 2019


This rather scruffy fishing village of Barbate along the southern coast of Spain near Cádiz, has been fishing bluefin tuna using the same methods for well over 3,000 years. This traditional tuna fishing method, known as almadraba, is famous throughout Spain for catching the country’s most popular tuna.

The almadraba season is in May and June. Small fishing boats attached to giant round nets float in an ever-widening circle in the narrow Gibraltar strait between Africa and Europe. As the circle widens, the nets become taught, drawing the tuna closer and closer to the surface. When silvery fins start flashi...

9 Oct 2019

A recent evening tapas tour in the stunning, sunny, city of Sevilla with Shawn Hennessey of Sevilla Tapas.

After meeting Shawn in the Plaza Nueva by the Hotel Inglaterrra, we headed off to our first stop at Bodeguita Romero.

Bodeguita Romero
Calle Harinas, 10, 41001 Sevilla
+34 954 229 556


If you want the very best pringá montaditos (a small toasted bun filled with scrumptious pork, chorizo and blood sausage) in town, This is the place to come to.

We also had their famous papas aliñadas (marinated potatoes)

Amazing carrilla de Ibérico (slow-cooked pig’s cheeks)

Jamón Ibérico

This bar has a great...

30 Apr 2019


This is an Interesting restaurant in the middle of Almería, heading down towards the port area. It is set in an alleyway off the main street and was full of locals on the evening we attended, which is always a good sign.

There are tables outside in the alleyway and a restaurant in a room at the back and tall tables with stalls in the bar area

They serve a very varied menu, including Almería’s typical traditional dishes and specialities of the house.

With every drink, in our case, a copa de cava (€4.50) you get to choose a tapa from the free tapa menu.

We had good lomo a la antigua (old fashioned pork te...

23 Apr 2019


This is an excellent spot for tapas, at the bar or a full blown meal in the restaurant. There nearly always seems to be a queue confirming the quality of food you will find here. The above picture was taken at nearly 2 am.

The food here should satisfy all gourmet requirements, thanks to the opulence and variety of its menu.

Also, it is open later then most bars, I believe orders are taken until 1.30 am, so good to know if you fancy a late bite.

We rolled up at midnight on a Tuesday to find the bar area still packed to the rafters. After ten minutes we managed to find a seat at the bar on the left of...

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