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“Full of Promise”
Review of El Tapeo - CLOSED

El Tapeo
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Full of Promise”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

This family run business offers the real deal on Spanish Cuisine. Excellent welcome by real Spanish people. The tapas are also the Real McCoy and very good too. Suddenly I was transported from Clitheroe to a small Spanish village as the mini plates of delight came out of the kitchen. No wine other than Spanish available (naturally) and no butter for the bread - remember you are in Spain when you eat here! I enjoyed it very much including the oilskin style table cloths that felt very authentic. Apparently you can get 3 Tapas for £10.95 on a certain day which is a bargain. Do bring cash though. No cards, though a cash machine was nearby thankfully. Yes, good dining here.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Glen M
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English first
Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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“A wonderful welcome”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Marcus y Lydia are wonderful hosts. The food is authentic Spanish and excellent. Don't visit if you expect a la carte but do visit if you want good food at reasonable prices with excellent and personal service. This is a Spanish restaraunt at its best, intimate yet truly atmospheric. Visit for a drink and a couple of tapas at the bar for two about twelve quid. Or take a meal for about fifteen pounds each for two courses and drinks....ish. Practice your Spanish with your hosts and enjoy a taste of genuine Spain.

  • Visited June 2014
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“Recommended by friends, but was disappointed after reading reviews”
Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Very nice welcome nice atmosphere very Spanish, but there it stopped some of our tapas were cold and had to be reheated, some a bit bland I am no expert but have experience a lot better, our waitress was helpful and informative except when the meals turned up as we ordered quite a few tapas and one main we were confused what was what, a couple of the meals were very good but sorry to say the rest not so good, can't see me going again.

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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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“A taste of Galicia in Lancashire”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Me and my wife were looking for a good, reasonably priced meal on a tuesday evening, and chanced upon El Tapeo after wandering the empty streets of Clitheroe. We were not disappointed. We were the first in and were looked after by the very attentive staff. We chose a couple of dishes from the menu, only to be told that one of them was 'off' due to a busy weekend, and the other was only cooked for two, either ordered in advance, or by waiting 45-60 minutes. As this was a paella, this was reasonable and meant that it would have been cooked fresh and not just heated up from cold. When I looked more carefully at the menu, this was actually mentioned, so my fault! So we both chose the our second choice - the same as it happens, which was Zorza con patatas (pork with potatoes). But first we started with a tapas platter for two, comprising a selection of cured meats and cheese, which was very tasty and prepared our taste buds for the meal to come.
The Zorza was delicious. It was marinaded pork pieces cooked on skewers with pepper and onion, on a bed of potato pieces fried in oil with parsley and garlic. The portions were huge and Mrs B was offered a doggy bag to take her left overs home, which we accepted!
We still found room for a dessert, I managed Ice cream with chocolate sauce and Mrs B had fondue chocolate with churros to dip in which finished off the meal splendidly.
The meal was washed down with a very acceptable rose.
The bill was very reasonable and the staff couldn't have been more helpful.
Definitely recommended.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Boojumuk
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Galicia comes to Clitheroe”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

7 of us including two children ate here on a busy Friday evening, the atmosphere was excellent. We ordered a selection of tapas to start followed by a paella and three other main course dishes. The food was delicious, portions v generous and the service was excellent. I would def recommend and we are disappointed we don't live closer

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Tony K
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