We were taken to Harveys Cellars for a Tapas lunch, using a Groupon deal to part-pay for the meal. Our companions had been before and had enjoyed it enough to introduce it to us.
A strange smell of incense greets you as go down the stairs. The downstairs room has a continental feel to it, with a central island bar, some high tables with stools and some low tables with chairs. Otherwise, the decor is lacking in interest, apart from the wall of blue glass bottles to the right before you go down to the restaurant. A Saturday lunch-time, and only one or two other tables were occupied.
I was surprised to find the Tapas were Creole and not Spanish, and assumed this was an acknowledgement of Bristol's slave trade. (I think their advertising could make it clearer that the tapas are not Spanish.)
We started with a cocktail. The menu includes some interesting-sounding cocktails using sherry, but 2 of us had the very delicious Mariachi tequila-based cocktail, and 2 had the bramble gin-based cocktail, all at £7. (I didn't taste it, but I'm told the bramble cocktail was lacking in alcohol.)
To begin our lunch, we ordered 4 tapas (priced at up to £6 each) : Indo-Caribbean Curried Goat , Escovitch Fried Fish, Jamaican Style Pot Beef Stew and Creole Spiced Prawns. All were very good, especially the Escovitch, although the goat and beef dishes could have had a lot more punch. We ordered repeats of the goat, fish and prawns. With wine and bread, and coffee to follow, this all made a very tasty lunch. Water was served in an old, pale blue Harvey's bottle - a nice touch.
The waitress, from the north of Spain, was cheerful and helpful.
I would go again. (The next day, we had a tapas lunch at the Lido, and although the venue was perfect - on a sunny day, the tapas were not nearly as good as at Harveys.)
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