Despite its small size there’s something inherently satisfying about tapas. Perhaps it’s the variety it gives you, or maybe it’s the images it conjures up of holidays past. Whatever it is about this sharing-style food that has contributed to it becoming some of our favourite fare, La Barca has it nailed with a menu that includes all the cult classics as well as some more unusual offerings.
Crispy patatas bravas, pan Catalan and gambas al pil pil are all present and correct for the purists, while those with a more adventurous streak might enjoy Scottish scallops with a crispy Serrano ham and asparagus cooked in sherry and cream or a Spanish white bean stew given a local twist thanks to the addition of black pudding. Elsewhere there are paellas and pork cheeks, as well as hearty serves of tapas-style steak and chips. This really is an opportunity to try a whole host of flavours. If you love a bargain as much as we do, then it’s worth noting that the lunch and early evening menu represents great value for money with three dishes coming in at just £10.95, a deal which can be enjoyed even on the weekends.
Interiors are in keeping with the warmth of the generous menu, with a large painted mural on one wall dominating the space with its Spanish scenes, where elsewhere lines are kept clean and simple with bare wooden tables and chairs for a rustic feel.
The team at La Barca are friendly and knowledgeable, allowing guests to relax knowing that every need will be carefully catered for. If you want help with any recommendations, they’re more than obliging but will also leave diners to their own devices should that be preferred. The drinks list is well stocked and here too the team can advise on favourites and good pairings – don’t shy away from asking for a little help if you fancy some.