Fenwick’s Mediterranean wine bar is ideal for a mid-shop break with some high-grade charcuterie, pizzas, salads and hot meats.
39 Northumberland Street, Newcastle
2. Casa del Mar
Over the last decade, this marina- side joint has quietly become a haven for those hankering after a piece of Iberian sunshine.
25 Navigation Point, Hartlepool www.casadelmar.co
3.Old Yard Tapas bar
As if the food here wasn’t enough of an inducement to come, there’s a south-facing terrace on which to lounge post-meal.
4. El Torero
Despite being in the shadow of Newcastle’s castle keep, you’d swear you were in Spain upon tasting El Torero’s tapas and paella.
The Side, Newcastle www.eltorero.co.uk
Word is officially out about this stylish bar and restaurant, hence it can get busy at weekends. But it’s worth it.
31–33 Front Street,
6. El Coto
This tapas restaurant is popular with locals and students alike. Wash everything down with a couple of glasses of their sangria.
17 Hallgarth Street, Durham
0191 384 4007
7. The Talbot
The downstairs bar and restaurant offer a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a variety of menus including tapas.
The Green, Bishopton, Stockton
8. Ambiente Tapas Restaurant
This chic venue is perfect for tapas aficionados. This place has atmosphere by the bucketload – bare brick walls, stripped floors and exposed steelwork all lend the building a laid-back contemporary vibe.
36-38 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EW
0113 246 1848
Occupying a Grade II Listed building, Carriages provides a fantastic view over Knaresborough viaduct. Spanish and Asian tapas-style dishes sit alongside an á la carte menu which is complemented by a fantastic wine list.
89 High Street, Knaresborough HG5 0HL
A taste of Cuba in the heart of Sheffield – Latin music, tapas, great service and menu highlights including Mediterranean vegetables, a South American casserole and potatoes sautéed with chorizo.
Unit 4 Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2JG
0114 276 0475
11. The Biltmore Bar and Grill
The Biltmore offers a superior, New York-influenced take on small plates. There are more burgers, flatbreads and steaks on the menu too, should you be after something more substantial.
29 Swinegate, York YO1 8AZ
The word ‘skosh’ comes from the Japanese ‘sukoshi’, meaning ‘a small amount’. It’s a small plates place, basically, but very much upscale: Grade II listed building, bespoke dining room, open-plan kitchen, the whole shebang. In two words: eclectic internationalism.
98 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
This Iberian-inflected gin bar and restaurant has been around a little while, but now they’ve added an outdoor bar so you don’t have to waste a single second of sunshine going indoors.
Trinity Street, Leeds LS1 6AP
0113 430 0915