Iberica Farringdon

Spanish, Tapas·
££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Iberica Farringdon

Bronze Award

Spanish powerhouse Ibérica has moved tapas on from a tick list of ordinary nibbles to specialities worth toasting with a glass of vintage cava. The group’s executive chef Nacho Manzano (winner of three Michelin stars) directs the kitchen, reprising his own signature dishes and putting them alongside some new-century tapas. Current Ibérica classics range from a gazpacho of red berries, beetroot and anchovy to spring onion tempura with lemon aïoli and soy, an oxtail ‘sandwich’ with potato cream, and near-legendary chorizo lollipops with pear aïoli, while the selection of cheeses, cured meats and preserved fish honours Spain’s centuries-old gastronomic traditions. Meanwhile, set menus and sharing dishes (including various paellas) provide another way in to the experience. Drinks cover the spectrum of Spanish booze from beer, cider and sangria to bespoke G&Ts, vermouths, countless sherries and sparklers by the glass.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Home delivery
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Iberica Farringdon

While Ibérica might now be a national chain it manages to retain the vibe of a local neighbourhood restaurant that is filled with the lively chatter of regular diners every night of the week. The Farringdon branch is set in a beautifully converted building dating back to 1874. Just a stone’s throw from Farringdon station, the central location makes the ideal spot to meet friends after work or for a long weekend meal when you don’t want to travel too far.

Interiors are a mix of original Spanish tiles and moody dark wood with prints of Goya and Velázquez dotted across the walls – a combination which evokes with atmosphere of Old Spain. At the front you’ll find the restaurant’s iconic fifteen-metre-long bar which is perfect for drinks and snacks, while the main restaurant is furnished with mix and match tables that make a relaxed spot to enjoy the kitchen’s top-class tapas from.

With Michelin starred executive chef Nacho Manzano at the helm, the kitchen runs with a line-up of hearty Spanish fare that’s been given a contemporary twist. Kick things off with artisan meats and cheese - like slices of sharp Manchego or punchy sobrasada spread thickly on toast with a drizzle of honey – before moving onto tapas dishes that are categorised into classics, veggies and meat and fish. Favourites from the traditional combos include whole grilled wild tiger prawns, Serrano ham croquetas (handmade to Nacho’s grandmother’s own recipe) and a potato and onion tortilla. Top picks from the vegetable section run from a cabbage steak with horseradish and almond cream through to charred aubergine with fragrant herbs and a lentil vinaigrette. For meat eaters there’s steak with baby potatoes and asadillo sauce or free-range Iberico pork served with mojo sauce among other tempting combinations.

Traditional Valencian-style paellas complete the menu, with a choice of chicken and vegetable or seafood – which comes with prawns, squid and langoustine.

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Can you book?

Yes, you can book via the restaurant's website.

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Does the menu have gluten-free options?

Yes, there are gluten free options in all sections of the menu including a flourless chocolate cake and traditional Spanish rice pudding for dessert.

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Is there a set menu available?

There is a set lunch menu available from Monday to Friday between 12pm and 3pm for £20pp. Diners can choose one tapas dish out of each of the four sections on the menu.

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Location

89 Turnmill Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 5QU

0203 026 5118

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:00-23:00
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 13:00-23:00
Sun Closed

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13 Reviews 
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Anonymous

11 August 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 4
Delicious tapas, good portions, reasonably priced, service can vary depends on the day

We enjoyed a wide range of tapas and there is a good variety of meats, fish, cheese and vegeterian options. Reasonably priced and the restaurant location is very close to the station and on a safe main road. 

Ming-Lai T

27 June 2018  
Fantastic tapas, you want to eat it every week!

Jessica P

25 June 2017  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
Good spot
The restaurant offers a great menu and lovely dining experience. Good service and hospitality. Also a perfect spot for drinks and nibbles by the bar (good selection of small bites). The bar is quite small so I wouldn't recommend for large groups unless you book the area.

Rachael B

09 May 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Lovely Spanish Food
One of my favourite restaurants in the Farringdon area. The food is amazing, with lots of choice. The chorizo lollipops are my favourite.

Tim A

20 October 2016  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Noisy but fun.
Excellent service from friendly and extremely helpful staff. Only complaint was that the first glass of Manzanilla sherry was a bit long in the tooth but then very few people appreciate sherry these days hence the bottle may take a while to finish in those circumstances. So - best to ask when the bottle was opened. Also - as I am also getting a bit long in the tooth I found it a bit noisy with its high ceiling, bare walls and wooden floors.... Otherwise - first rate.

Charlotte H

26 August 2016  
Food & Drink 2
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 1
Disappointing
Unfortunately I was really disappointed with my dinner at Iberica Farringdon when I went with two friends for a celebratory meal. The menu didn't describe the dishes well at all; the portion sizes were minuscule and not justified by the quality of the food and in parts were extortionately priced. Some options just sounded bizarre, and it was tricky to avoid excessive mayonnaise / unnecessary potatoes at times - perhaps in an effort to pad out the dishes. The service was great though, and the surroundings were lovely, perhaps a place for drinks and nibbles, rather than dinner.

Geraldine M

09 June 2016  
Great service and ambiance.

Tim H

20 December 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Outstanding!
This tapas restaurant is the best in London! In my opinion... Returned after a couple months to find that Iberica Farringdon is as good as ever! Food is fantastic with a couple of our favourite dishes returning to the menu - the slow cooked lamb and the la tarte d'abuela. Service is flawless. We love it and the G&Ts are perfect. We will be back...

Sarah G

20 November 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
What a find
Never knew this place existed despite walking virtually passed it on a number of occassions - what a find - fantastic food, lovely restaurant and great service - really good value for money also.

Tim H

16 August 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
A great night out!
Great food, service and atmosphere. We love this place!
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