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Sanpa is a small organic family business; growing with customer demands and feedback. I started off on my own selling extra virgin olive oil and fried tomato. The shop used to be located right at the end of Peach street with nothing more than boxes of olive oil and tomatoes. Growth has had to be modest, being entirely reliant on ourselves. Coffee was one of the first requests and investments after the olive oil and tomatoes. We wanted to offer people decent coffee, as this is standard in Spain and in many other parts of the continent. Paella Friday, shortly became a tradition and still is at the new premises. Over time, our customers have voiced how they'd like to go for a coffee, a glass of
PRICE RANGE
£7 - £20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing place. Food was absolutely delicious. Staff were so helpful and friendly. Highly recommend. Good prices and lots of variety

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024 via mobile

On a busy Saturday night we had a really lovely selection of freshly cooked tapas with a white Rioja. Despite the crowd service was friendly and efficient and the tapas arrived at our table as they were cooked. Fresh bread and aioli accompanied garlic prawns,...potatas bravos, chorizo in cider, croquettes, goats cheese with jam, squid, meatballs and green peppers. All dishes were excellent with the exception of the squid which was overcooked and on the rubbery side. For dessert the churro and chocolate, brandy alexander ice cream and chocolate brownies were all superb, although I would lose the artificial tasting whipped cream. Great meal.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

Meat paella disappointing bits of bone with meat attached. The 2 tapas we had were however incredible. Too packed in and noisy. When I looked at the on line menu I thought it was good value. When we got the up to date menu there...of course it was a lot more expensive. Update your on line menu. Most of the food is very good indeed. Avoid the paellas.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024

Had a great meal earlier this year so I took my husband & daughter to celebrate his birthday as they both love tapas & paella. The tapas we ordered were pretty OK but nothing special but the 4 dishes were delivered one at a time...over a 40 minute period. Reasonable if dining outside in a Seville square but less so in the uk especially when they then start bringing main courses out before all of the tapas have arrived. The padron peppers & the calamari were the best dishes, the belly pork was dry & chewy & the croquettas were a bit tasteless. My lamb shank was burnt & dry due to being overcooked & served in a very impractical small shallow bowl with a tiny pool of sauce. The Pedro ximenez ribs were slightly better but clearly plated up hurriedly & very messily with just a mountain of salad leaves. The fajitas looked nicely presented but apparently were nowhere near as good as those I make at home! Service was slow, sloppy & unprofessional. I had to ask one rather slovenly dressed male server to clear some dishes & glasses (tables aren't huge) & he just grunted & took a couple away. We weren't asked at any time if we were enjoying our meal & although we quite fancied having desert, we decided that the experience was just too dismal to wait. When I went to pay, the manager was there so I said that we were disappointed with the food & the service. He offered no apology at all but just said they didn't expect to be busy in January (not our problem) & their online system had allowed too many bookings too close together (also not our problem) For just over £100, I was left feeling distinctly underwhelmed & probably won't bother going again which is a shame as we love great Spanish food but this just isn't worth it.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 October 2023 via mobile

Amazing place and amazing variety of food we ate here last night with friends and children (8 of us) the tapas was amazing lovely wine and atmosphere, the service was good, young staff who didn’t always know what the dishes were but on the whole...very good The Santiago cake was delicious, would have preferred pouring than ice cream though but they didn’t have pouring cream The only thing was the menu said 8% service charge added to the bill for groups of 8 or more so I didn’t leave a tip, when I got got home and checked the receipt it wasn’t added, gutted as I would have left a tipMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

I went here with my husband on Saturday night. They found us a table last minute which we really appreciated. I loved the food. We had bravas, saute vegetables, chorizo and a pork thing (can't remember the name - Not the albondigas). Service was absolutely...fine. Not super attentive but it was so busy and I really didn't want a big fuss anyway. Don't go with the expectation that you will get that sort of attention I would say. Wine by the glass was fine. Not amazing but completely drinkable. Only knocked a star off as it was very, very noisy. But it was a busy Saturday night. It lacked a bit of atmosphere. I'd rather have heard some music instead of the large table behind us, but we did get used to it and had a great evening anyway.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 24 August 2023

What ever has happened to Sanpas? This used to be our favourite restaurant before lockdown. Since then we’ve visited twice, first time just after reopening. We were very disappointed but put it down to the long lockdown period. However two weeks ago was our anniversary...so decided to give it another try hoping things had improved and would be back to its old standard. What a disappointment. Where are the lovely staff which gave the restaurant such a lovely atmosphere? Now the staff make you feel they just want you to get through your food as quickly as possible and get out, service was terrible. Food, well, another disappointment, Potato Brava and Saute Vegetables, which we used to love were certainly not as tasty, the other dishes were just okay. For desert we ordered the Chorose with rich thick chocolate sauce, the chorose were soggy, not crispy and the sauce was like hot water with a bit of chocolate, certainly not rich and thick, the complete opposite. These we sent back as could not except them. I just have to say what a shame such a lovely restaurant has somehow lost its way, what has happened to the staff that really cared about it , the chefs, the waiting staff? It was Saturday evening and certainly not full, I wander why? We were in and out in an hour. We were there to celebrate. Don’t think we will ever return, such a shame.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023

We found a nice setting. They let us move away from their working station The service was good the food was lovely. The atmosphere started with being quiet, the people arrived it ended up being noisier. It's only a small place. I would've liked the...music earlier to appreciate the Spanish feel. The food was fantastic.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 June 2023 via mobile

Brilliant atmosphere. Every table was taken and it’s easy to see why. Menu provides an excellent choice of main meals or tapas. Broad drinks options as well. Service was first class. Food arrived hot and was plentiful. A really great venue.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 9 April 2023 via mobile

Tasty food but very small portions & quite pricey. We had to order additional dishes and actually still were hungry when we left. On the plus side, they are dog friendly!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 22 March 2023

Went a few weeks ago with my partner to treat ourselves for a Saturday night out. Ordered Meat Paella. It was so salty, pork was so tough and chicken was basically bones. Complained to two different members of staff, no apologies or nothing. Could have...cooked something much nicer and cheaper myself at home. I’m sure you could too!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 24 February 2023 via mobile

Visited here yesterday evening with 4 friends. The service was friendly and welcoming but considering the restaurant was only half full a bit slow. We didn’t mind this but others might. It’s a place for a slow lunch or dinner. Plenty of variety on the...menu, rather heavy on the carbs though. Our meals were nicely cooked and presented and we quite rightly had to wait for the paella to be cooked. The staff were very helpful of dietary requests made by our group. I would say given the current difficulties restaurants are having this is one local place that needs your support so try it out.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 15 February 2023

Visited on a busy Valentines evening and were treated to some lovely food. We ordered the baked chorizo in cider and calamares con tomate from the Tapas menu - both of which were delicious and tasted authentically different to what you may be served elsewhere....We also ordered the chicken fajitas which came sizzling as you would expect. Staff were pleasant and hospitable even if not all smiles. The rustic, wooden furniture makes for a homely feel. Very reasonably priced also! This place represents much better value for money that most other in Wokingham town centre.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 3 February 2023 via mobile

Worst Meal Iv Had in A While. Upon entrance, the staff looked extremely underdressed . I was greeted by one waiter in a hoodie baggie jeans and trainers. Vibe of the restaurant was dead. Fire exit door made the place look shabby. Chorizo was undercooked....Potatoes look like something out of a kebab shop. I was served four meatballs which were tiny for £8. Complete waste of time we wouldn’t again.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 27 January 2023 via mobile

Just very very average Cold to sit in. No ambience or atmosphere . All you can hear is the pinging of the timers/microwaves going off in the kitchen and the staff seem very disinterested. Food was bland and showed no signs of flair or imagination,...nothing that would draw me back again. It’s a shame because Wokingham would really benefit from a taste of the med on a dreary winters evening. Perhaps some Spanish music in the background and candles on the tables ? Also a finger bowl for crustatian shells and more than the one paper napkin that was suppliedMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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they are very helpful for gf my wife is coeliac and we have eaten there many times
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Yes, we are moving. Our plan, at the moment, is to have our last day to the public on Saturday the 1st of October. The move will take place over the course of 4 days, and we will be back open on 37 Denmark Street by the... More
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Dear Sir/Madam, We, at Sanpa, as an independent business, take a great deal of pride in embracing freedom and liberties. English Laws and regulations on this subject are very clear: There is no impediment for costumers and... More
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