Nestled on the banks of the River Thames and offering a true tapas treat, El Cerdo has hit the authenticity nail right on the head. With 90% of what the restaurant serves imported from Spain, there are veggie, meat and fish options on the menu. The ovens used inside the kitchen have been hand-picked by the Executive Chef and built using the same bricks and techniques as charcoal ovens have been throughout Spanish history, creating ‘ahumado’ (mouth-watering smokiness) for guests to savour.
Classic tapas plates include delicious patatas bravas, melt-in-the-mouth chorizo, chargrilled octopus, and show stopper Pluma Iberica De Bellota (acorn-fed pork marinated and then cooked in a charcoal oven) to name but a few. You’re also spoilt for choice with the drinks options – there are Spanish beers and wines, plus a varied selection of gins (including some local options), cocktails, mocktails, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
Taking inspiration from Spanish style, the place looks great too. The elegant bar is a focal point, visible from all areas of the restaurant and designed with wood and marble. It’s also a great spot to enjoy some small plates too for those on the go. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the water and, in the summer, enjoy the outdoor tables. For cooler months, the terrace is still a great option to enjoy your meal as it is heated and enclosed. A great optional year-round, however when the sun’s shining – you can shut your eyes and pretend you’re in Spain!
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Bourne End Marina, Wharf Lane, Bourne End SL8 5RP
El Cerdo, Bourne End
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