Newcastle is a brilliant city for foodies like me, with something to sink your teeth into on practically ever corner, with Grey’s Quarter in Eldon Square being one of my favourite eating spots after a long day of shopping. Walking hand in hand with the impressive food comes a vibrant bar scene. There’s nothing I love more than a casual dose of daytime drinking, sitting in the window looking out onto a busy city and watching the world pass me by (people watching is the best!) as the day creeps into night.
Last month I had the pleasure of being invited back to Tapas Revolution* for an evening of tapas and sangria to celebrate the new sangria bar and lounge which opened earlier this year. I visited Tapas Revolution last year for a beer and tapas pairing evening which left a lasting impression so I was excited to come back to the city to see their new bar area and have a feast on some more fabulous Spanish dishes.
Bar de Tapas takes inspiration from celebrity chef, Omar Allibhoy’s, hometown of Madrid. Working along side Collective Design to make his vision a reality, the new bar compromises vibrant blue tiles, potted greenery and curved banquettes. Together with the sangria bar and lounge comes an extensive drinks menu that will have you working your way through the menu. With happy hour from 12pm – 7pm Sunday to Friday you can enjoy half price sangria jugs, 2 for 1 cocktails and 2 for 1 Larios gin and tonics, what better reason do you need to call round for a casual tipple before a night in the toon?
One thing I was particularly excited to try was the Cava Sangria, a drink Adam and I discovered and loved during our holiday to Salou last year. A much lighter, sparkling version of sangria, using cava instead of traditional red wine. We ordered the Sparkling Tropical Sangria (£5.95 per glass or £18 per jug) which combined cava, passionfruit, watermelon, pineapple, orange and lime to create the sweetest, most refreshing sangria I’ve ever tasted.
As for our tapas dishes, I’ve been craving the chicken paella (£5.50) from Tapas Revolution since my last visit and haven’t tasted one like it so that dish was on the top of my list. Along with this we ordered Torreznos Con Mojo Dulce (Crispy pork belly £5.95), Albondigas En Salsa (Meatballs £6.25), Huevos Rotos (Chorizo, potatoes and egg £5.75), Patatas Bravas (Roasted potatoes in spicy tomato sauce £4.25) and Gambas Al Ajillo (Tiger prawns with garlic and chilli £7.95). Our stand-out favourites were the crispy pork belly, potatoes and tiger prawns.
With an offering of Spanish beers from family-owned premium lager Estrella Galicia, a cellar wall with a wide selection of wines sourced from Spain and classic and contemporary versions of sangria, Bar De Tapas is just the place to transport you to the care-free land of Spain without stepping foot on a plane.
Tapas Revolution | Intu Eldon Square | Newcastle | NE1 7AP
*Complimentary food and drink supplied by Tapas Revolution in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer for more information.