Tapas – Our take on a Spanish tradition

Le mot “tapas” est dérivé du verbe espagnol tapar ou “tapa”, “couvrir”

The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish verb tapar or “tapa“, “to cover”

Nous servons des Tapas tous les samedis soirs pendant l’été et certains vendredis soirs, la réservation est toutefois indispensable. Les éléments du menu peuvent changer au fur et à mesure de la saison.

We serve Tapas every Saturday evening through the summer and selected Friday evenings, booking is however essential. Menu items subject to change as the season progresses.

To book call 07 69 69 68 96 or email here.

Où nous trouver – Where to find us

There are almost as many different versions as to the origins of tapas as there are tapas dishes, here are a few.

In pre-19th-century Spain tapas were served by posadas, albergues or bodegas, offering meals and rooms for travellers. Since few innkeepers could write and few travellers read, inns offered their guests a sample of the dishes available, on a “tapa” (the word for pot cover in Spanish

The original tapas were thin slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry . The meat used to cover the sherry was normally ham or chorizo, which are both very salty and activate thirst. Because of this, bartenders and restaurant owners created a variety of snacks to serve with sherry, thus increasing their alcohol sales. The tapas eventually became as important as the sherry.

Another popular explanation says that King Alfonso XIII stopped by a famous tavern in Cádiz where he ordered a cup of wine. The waiter covered the glass with a slice of cured ham before offering it to the king, to protect the wine from the beach sand, as Cádiz is a windy place. The king, after drinking the wine and eating the tapa, ordered another wine “with the cover”.

However it came about it is now a firmly established tradition not only in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries but it has also spread to the wider world and we are please to offer you our take on “Tapas” perfect for sharing .

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