Food & Drink

Paco Tapas, a piece of Spain in the middle of Bristol

I am pining for a summer holiday. Just a little sunshine, a pool, a good book and no looking at a computer screen for a week or so. I keep getting these emails from travel companies telling me about their ridiculous offers on hotels that it’s taking all my will power not to book one up for James and I.

For the time being I have to be patient. The next year is a little up-in-the-air so we can’t make any concrete plans. But with the arrival of Paco Tapas late last year, I only have to walk 20 minutes from the front door and I could be transported to a bustling town in the middle of Spain.

Bristol has a lot of tapas bars but none quite as authentic as Paco Tapas. Owned by the Sanchez brothers, who also own Casamia and Pi Shop; expectations were set high.

We visited a few weeks after they had opened, (I know, this blog post is terribly late) the restaurant is dimly lit helped along by the dark walls and has an open kitchen where you can watch in awe as the chefs whip up something delicious or simply hand cut pieces of their beautiful ham.

Once seated we ordered up some drinks, James on the cocktails, myself on the sherry and started counting up all the dishes we needed to try.

Excuse the drippy menu, that’s me being messy. A common occurrence according to James.

We got our order in, whilst I tried to convince myself we were somewhere in the mediterranean.

I was snapped out of my daydream when the food started to appear in front of us.

Grilled cornish squid

Jamon croquetas

Some bread and olives

Patatas bravas

Manchego cheese and honey

Chorizo

And another drink just for luck.

One of the more expensive places for tapas in Bristol but you won’t get anything at that standard this side of Spain.

The surroundings, the music, the food and the drink have all been taken into consideration and pieced together to make this the perfect Spanish parcel.

To find out more or book a table, check out their website.

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