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Reviewed 13 January 2024 via mobile

This place is pretty small but it’s mighty in the way they deliver great food to your table, the service was good and food even better, you can over indulge in all the different dishes they offer, I went with 5 other people and we...over ordered on everything, the paella was great and personal favourite was the prawns, everything had lots of flavour and they was generous when it come to portion size, also the sangria washed it all down nicely I will be back 👍👍More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

Fantastic Tapas dishes - loads to choose from. Great friendly staff - great selection of Lager and wine - good VFM

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 September 2023

As a Spanish, I was expecting to find Spanish food. Instead of that I found dishes with Spanish names but they didn't taste how they should. Dishes with less or more ingredients than they should... I wouldn't come back if I want to have Spanish...dishes, I'm sorry.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 16 June 2023 via mobile

Food was great after waiting 30 minutes to order - the young dark haired waitress outside seemed to want to serve a table and then look at the floor to get inside ignoring everyone else . Had to go inside and order in the end....Not the greatest experienceMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 11 June 2023 via mobile

Went on a lovely sunny Saturday evening it was very busy but we were given a nice table A big party was in nearby very loud but it didn’t matter added to the atmosphere They were so busy food took a while but that suited...us because we weren’t in a rush Good menu choice we did over order but ate most of it In fairness I have had better meals here but we did still really enjoy itMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023

Haven't been here since new owners took over and was a little dubious as to what it would now be like as was always the place to go. Well all I can say was it was great, still has that welcoming feel to it and...the food was amazing. Johnny gave us a warm welcome and was lovely to chat to throughout the evening. Ella our waitress was spot on with her customer service and making sure we and all others were attended too, whilst constantly clearing and resetting dinner places. It was quite busy for a Weds evening but we experienced no delays and wasn't rushed either. We left with our bellies full and totally recommend the Paella and White Sangria. Lovely setting, clean environment and we definitely will be returning. Only thing I would recommend is that they bring back the Fri and Sat live music, this is what made this the place to be for a dinner, singalong and dance without feeling you were in a club and finished before it got too wild. Other than that we look forward to the returning here especially in the upcoming Summer months.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 2 April 2023

The staff were very friendly, the service was brilliant and the food top marks to the chef.. just small feedback the brownie didn’t state on menu it had nuts, one of the party can’t eat them, not allergic just don’t eat them. Might be a...good idea to mention this on the menu. Had a lovely time and will definitely go again .. Dawn 02.04.23More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 March 2023

Booked her for a Friday evening meet up with friends. On entering the restaurant looked welcoming and atmospheric. However, although we had booked we were led down a narrow, spiral staircase to a sad looking basement room, with bare walls which looks like it was...once a storage room. The staff were great and friendly, but the food was most disappointing. It looks like everything is pre-prepared and just warmed through to serve. The meatballs, the two potato dishes, the aubergine, the beef dish and the croquettes were all luke warm, and the potatoes were soggy, the cheese on the top of one of the potato dishes and on the aubergine was not hot and melting as it should be if just cooked but sat on top, a cold and plastic like topping. They had also forgot to put the ham in the croquettes as these were bland and tasteless. The chilli and garlic prawns was the only dish to come up hot. They were in there shells but we were not given a finger bowl or a dish to put the shells in. I asked for a plate to put the shells on and was given one, and I used wet wipes I had in my handbag for our hands, however supplying these should be automatic by the staff. As a group we did not complain as we did not want to ruin our evening because we do not meet up very often , and also the staff were running up and down the stairs trying to serve both levels and were doing there best to be friendly and helpful. It was also obvious that if we ordered more / different dishes we would just get more of the same. Overall good effort from the serving staff, shame about the dishes that come from the kitchen.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 28 January 2023 via mobile

Myself and a group of friends had a lovely Friday evening at Pinchos. We had to move our table by 30 mins due to traffic but this wasn’t a problem when I called up, they were more than accommodating! The food was delicious, it all...came out together - quite often in other tapas restaurants the food comes out as it’s ready. The prawns were a highlight for me, and loved the different varieties of croquettes. My only comment would be that the portion size of bread and oil was a bit stingy. We had the white and red sangria which was great! Service was excellent, plenty of staff, always someone around if you needed anything. I will definitely be recommending to friends and family, and hope to be back soon!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 8 January 2023 via mobile

Damp Saturday and we greeted with a smile. Table available despite not booking. Tapas to start breads and olives - perfect portion size and delicious. Ordered Paella Valencia - seafood and chicken for two. Small delay however, worth every minute. Tasty and filling. Portion a...little big but delicious and flavourful. Large king prawns, plenty of perfectly cooked muscles and squid and oodles of shredded chicken. Loved it. Glass of rosé was perfect accompaniment. Service excellent although had to ask for plate to put food debris on. Finger bowl would have been useful, although unisex toilet only a couple of paces from tables. Toilet immaculate. Paper towels useful although hand dryer was efficient. Ambience calm and inviting. Not too hot either. Great food delivered and eaten within our hour allocation as were then off to cinema round the corner. Would recommend.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2022

Decide to pop in and check out the food . Empty restaurant so seated ASAP. Wine ordered and served quick but bottle and glasses left for us to pour. Might understand if was busy. Food ordered and starter arrived very quickly but was like it...had been already prepared and left in fridge , very cold. I was surprised at the charge for bread with tapas . The rest of the order arrived mid starter which we were ok with but lacked room on the table. Main tapas felt like again it had been precooked and reheated. Chorizo was very overdone. Whilst it was all edible I think it could be so much better.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 27 September 2022 via mobile

Microwave food at its worst I’ve spent lots of time in spain and the nearest this has got is stansted airport… everything sorry and tasteless waste of time and energy

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 April 2022

Above and beyond from the staff and the food was phenomenal and will be visiting as soon as we next have a family occasion. Well done everyone at Pinchos

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 27 March 2022 via mobile

Arrived at 8pm, seated immediately but didn’t get our food until 9.30pm. There was no Spanish omelette. Asked for aubergine instead. Also unavailable. Calamari didn’t turn up, had to prompt them to bring it out. Albariño wine unavailable. This wasn’t a fun relaxing experience. This...place used to be great, I’ve been numerous times but probably won’t go back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 6 February 2022 via mobile

The food has really gone downhill. Calamari was dreadful, tomato bread and patatas bravas were soggy, everything else was v average. Such a shame, I used to love this place!

Date of visit: February 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
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