Inspired by relaxed Spanish-style dining, local foodies can find tapas bars and menus all over Gloucestershire, serving bite-size dishes that are made for sharing with friends – or for snacking solo.
From authentic Spanish and Mediterranean menus to culinary twists on traditional tapas, discover 11 places where you can get a taste for tapas in Gloucestershire in SoGlos’s latest hot list.
AquaVitae is a popular cocktail bar, eatery and late-night spot in Cheltenham, seeing you through from dinner and drinks to partying on the dancefloor. With a special two-for-£10 offer on cocktails all weekend, too.
Launching in October 2021, AquaVitae’s new tapas menu of tasty small plates will get mouths watering, while there’s also the chance to add bottomless prosecco for a fun lunch experience, date night or celebration.
For more information, or to book a table, visit aquavitae-bar.co.uk.
Come together with friends and try AquaVitae’s brand-new tapas offering, with delicious dishes including succulent meatballs, garlicky king prawns, vegan-friendly sweetcorn ‘ribs’ and creamy mussels. What’s more, diners can also opt for bottomless tapas, enjoying two hours of free-flowing prosecco with their choice of three plates from the menu.
New for 2021, the sun is always shining at Tahiti Bar in Cheltenham, where revellers can enjoy tiki-inspired cocktails, tasty tapas bites and a vibrant party atmosphere – with its two-hour tapas and bottomless cocktail evenings sure to prove popular. Tahiti Bar launches on Saturday 30 October 2021.
Foodies are spoilt for choice at Cirencester’s Tierra and Mar, indulging in individual tapas or opting for sharing portions to enjoy together the Spanish way. Dishes include pan-fried octopus, braised beef tongue and paella, while there’s also set Spanish-themed menus for a fine dining experience.
Kick back with a glass – or carafe – of sangria and have an authentically Spanish experience at Bar Padrón, where visitors can tuck into classic favourites like patatas bravas and calamari fritto; try a traditional Basque sausage sandwich; and raise a glass of Spanish wine, beer or gin.
Serving up traditional Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed setting, Sebz boasts an extensive menu of meat, seafood and vegetable tapas which allows foodie guests to sample as many dishes as they like for a set price.
With a cosy and laid-back vibe, Ritmo Tapas Bar brings a little piece of Spain to the Forest of Dean, offering assorted cold and hot tapas dishes from serrano ham to chorizo, with traditional Spanish paella on the menu, too.
Inspired by Spanish tapas bar culture, La Bobina offers a taste of the Mediterranean – where guests can soak up the buzzy atmosphere as they watch the chefs work, catch up over a glass of Spanish wine and share small plates from its changing seasonal menu.
Get your tastebuds acquainted with Latin American cuisine at Galgos Latino, picking from its sensational menu of small plates or ‘platicos’ that includes plantain chips, empanaditas, tacos and steak chimichurri. Bonus: there are cocktails, too!
A firm favourite among local foodies, The Coconut Tree in Cheltenham delivers a concoction of sweet and fiery flavours with its famous ‘Cocotails’ and Sri Lankan street food dishes, which are made for sharing tapas-style.
While it’s known for its sweet and savoury crepes, Spago in Gloucester also celebrates all things Spanish with its tapas and nibbles menu, featuring authentic dishes like gambas, patatas bravas and padron peppers.
Diners in Tewkesbury can get a taste for tapas at Rosado Lounge, with a choice of mix-and-match small plates including salt and pepper squid, buffalo chicken wings and halloumi and sweetcorn fritters – with special combo deals on Tapas Tuesday.
For more information about AquaVitae, or to book a table, visit aquavitae-bar.co.uk.
By Annabel Lammas
Friday 22 October 2021
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