Pintxo de Bath
Bath recently became home to a new Basque-style tapas restaurant and sherry bar named Pintxo de Bath. Visit the restaurant this summer, and you will easily find yourself whiling away a gloriously sunny afternoon in their charming sherry garden, which, I may add, lends itself to being a perfect sun-trap.
Located on Barton Street, which is at the heart of Bath's theatre district, Pintxo de Bath brings a taste of Spain to the South West. Inspired by the popular tapas culture of San Sebastián; a seaside city on Spain's northern coast that is world famous for its many Michelin-star restaurants (it has nine, to date!) and bustling bars groaning with tapas, what they call 'pintxos,' it's a food-lovers dream destination. So, when we heard that Pintxo de Bath was creating a culinary experience like the local pintxos bars and restaurants of San Sebastián, we were soon hotfooting it down Barton Street!
I'm not sure I have ever said this before in a post (and I don't know why for the life of me I haven't!) but, Bath is such a cool city. Take Pintxo de Bath as a prime example. Here we can experience the culture of Spain right on our doorstep. For starters, the restaurant is stylish and trendy, its ambience is relaxed and welcoming, and, most importantly of all, its sharing dishes are fantastically authentic.
You won't find heaps on the menu, which I for one, much prefer. So there will be none of that "can you just give us another few minutes!" to the waiter or waitress, whilst you hurriedly scan dish after dish, page after page, trying to firm up your choices.
Making the most of the May sunshine a few weekends ago, Scott and I took our seats in the snug sherry garden, ordering a few light bites off the menu. Here we have a colourful 'Tomato Salad' (£3.50).
Now, if that doesn't remind you of sun-soaked days sat in a tapas bar in Spain, I don't know what will!
Scott opted for an 'Amontillado' sherry wine (£6.00).
Whilst I went for a chilled 'Pago Apple Juice' (£2.00).
As with all pintxos dishes, they come when they are ready. So our table was soon filling with the selection of cold plates we had ordered. We chose the 'Queso Manchego, Miel de Flor, Membrillo 6' (£5.00) Triangles of creamy, cured Manchego cheese topped with blossom honey and cubes of sweet quince jelly.
As well as 'Pan con Tomate y Jamón' (£4.50). Toasted bread slathered in a tomato and garlic purée, drizzled with olive oil and laced in salty Serrano ham.
For something so simple yet luxuriously tasty, try the 'Jamon' (£8.00).
Each dish was as delicious as the last, but my only advice would be to go carefully on what you order, as some of the dishes were fairly pricey. It can be tempting to order lots of sharing dishes for the table, especially as the plates are small, but the cost does stack up.
However, it is safe to say, we spent a lovely afternoon basking in the sunshine and dining on delicious food in one of Bath's newest restaurants.
They join Bath's fantastic community of independent businesses, and I can't wait to return soon! For more details about the restaurant, you can visit their website here...