Spanish, Tapas·
Silver Award
London, N16 0AR ·Website ·Call020 7812 9189

SquareMeal Review of Escocesa

Silver Award

From the team behind Bar Esteban and with several ex-Barrafina chefs behind its steel dining counter, this Stokey slice of España is of top-quality calibre. Escocesa, Spanish for ‘Scottish’, claims to hijack Scotland’s finest seafood before it reaches Spain; specials on the moderately priced tapas menu might include Ullapool mussels a la plancha, or Shetland razor clams. Sit at the curved entrance bar or retreat to the compact, stripped-back dining room, which brims with a casual, local crowd. Our meal contained hardly a dud dish: sobrassada sausage baked in honey was the highlight, a lively blend of chewy meat and almost treacle-like sweetness. Rocket salad with Manchego is also given a sweet lift – via quince and Pedro Ximénez – while salt-cod croquetas are crisp and creamy. More substantial dishes, such as octopus with potato, sometimes suffer from too many ingredients: best stick to lighter bites, paired with a Rebujito cocktail (La Goya Manzanilla sherry with lemonade, lime and mint). Service can be haphazard but is incredibly charming, which sums up Escocesa rather well.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Spanish, Tapas
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Hygiene Rating


67 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0AR

020 7812 9189


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-10pm (Fri -10.30pm) Sat-Sun 11am-10.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)


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