Best tapas bars LondonThe search for the best tapas bars in London has begun. In the running so far are:

Brindisa (Borough, Soho, South Kensington)
Galicia (Portobello Road)
Meson Don Felipe (The Cut, Southwark)
Barcelona Tapas (City)
La Mancha (Putney)

After several feasting visits to various corners of Spain, the quality and diversity of the tapas is undeniable. My personal favourite place is San Sebastien (Donastia) in the Basque Country.  The tapas available in San Sebastien is mind bogglingly good.  London has spawned many restaurants offering damn good tapas and I am constantly on the look out for exceptional and authentic places to pitch up at the bar in and start ordering.

The first London Tapas bar Review will be posted this week following the inaugral tasting.  Myself and my Ventian Gallego dining companion (a hybrid eating machine especially bred for this kind of work), Big Ric, will be reporting from the front line, taking special interest in: the variety of the menu, quality of individual classics and specialalities, range, diversity and quality of wines on the list, ambience, value for money and anything else that is deemed noteworthy.

If you have any suggestions to add to the list above then I'd love to hear them. Please email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Twitter @bacchae

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As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.

 

 

Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!

 

Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.

 

Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.

 

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

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