Spanish Food in London: Supermarkets & Restaurants
As part of our Spanish Language of the Month we asked the Spanish tutors to choose the best places in London to enjoy Spanish food.
R. Garcia & Sons, 248-250 Portobello Road London W111LL
Located in bustling Portobello Road and established in 1957, this delicatessen is one of the few places in London where you can buy typically Spanish and Argentinean products. It offers a wide selection of authentic goodies such as dulce de leche, horchata and the famous Spanish chocolate powder. For those with savoury taste buds, it also sells as a good variety of cheese, olives and wines.
Barrica, 62 Goodge Street, London W1T4NE
This restaurant is awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2014 Michelin Guide. The wines and sherries have been carefully selected to offer a full reflection of Spain’s diversity. The same can be said of the tapas dishes, which combine influences of all over the country: from the cold cheese and ham platter to piquillo peppers and fideua – a typically Valencian dish made of noodles. It is definitely worth a visit.
Camino, 3 Varnishers Yard, The Regents Quarter, King’s Cross, London N19FD
Camino was the Time Out Bar of the Year (2011) and Best Restaurant Group for Harpers Spanish Wine Awards (2013). Camino is a lively restaurant situated right in the heart of King’s Cross. It is the perfect place for a fun night-out with friends or family at a reasonable price. Its Spanish food and drink are varied and regional, with most coming directly from Spain. The restaurant offers live music as well as big screen football matches.
Tapas Brindisa, 18-20 Southwark Street, London Bridge, London SE11TJ
The name of this restaurant comes from the Spanish word brindis which means “honour with drink”. Right on the edge of London’s foodie-haven Borough Market, Tapas Brindisa offers freshly prepared tapas, cured meat, stews, fish and cheese plates of the highest quality. This is an informal restaurant built in an old potato warehouse. Inside the restaurant there is a jamonería where you can buy tasty morsels to take away.
Aqua Nueva, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London W1
Set on the top floor of the former Dickings & Jones department store, this unusual restaurant is one of the most popular Spanish restaurants in the West End. Aqua Nueva offers contemporary Iberian dishes prepared by hand by the Spanish chef Alberto Hernández, who trained at one El Buli – of the finest restaurants in the world. Aqua Nueva is ideal for brunch and tapas.
Bar&Co, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN
If you are in need of some tapas close to the College then head to Bar&Co boat on Temple Pier. Apart from serving great tapas they also show Barca football matches and host frequent Spanish events.