Spanish food is becoming more and more popular and sharing tapas with friends is a great way to spend an evening. There are several restaurants offering tapas style dishes and I have been to most of them. I normally look for authentic food which is well presented. Here are some of my favourites in Newcastle City Centre.

El Terero  The Side. The restaurant is decorated in a typical Spanish way which  gives it a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The head chef Jorge Del Rio (Pictured) prepares a variety of authentic Spanish food which is delicious, you won’t be disappointed! The restaurant does get very busy which adds to the atmosphere. More info at

El Torero

El Coto  On Leazes Park Road just off Percy Street. Again this is a restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere which is serving authentic Spanish tapas which I cannot fault! A good selection of food served promptly by friendly staff, what more could you ask for! The restaurant is well run by helpful staff including assistant manager Francisco Ciunamento (Pictured). More info at

Francisco Ciunamento

La Vina  Grey Street.   The restaurant is down a flight of stairs from the entrance door which gives it the feel of a Spanish Bodega. A wide selection of authentic tapas is prepared by head chef Shaun Redden (Pictured) The service is great and the food is authentic with a good choice of dishes. More info at

Shaun Redden

What I really like about these three restaurants is that they feel Spanish, they serve authentic food and the staff are really good which all leads to a great night out.

If you fancy preparing your own tapas why not have a look at a new shop in the Newgate Shopping Centre, Spanglish Tiendita. They have a variety of Spanish and South American products and the owner Alvaro Duvan Jativa Morillo (Pictured) is on hand to help you with advice about any product you are interested in. They also serve a selection of  homemade tapas. More info here

Spanglish Tiendita

I don’t have any association with any of the establishments mentioned other than being a satisfied customer on numerous occasions.



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