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Our Favourite Tapas Restaurants Across the North East and Yorkshire Allard’s Lounge
Eat and Drink
October 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

Looking for seriously good small plates and authentic tapas dishes?

Here are our favourite tapas restaurants across the North East and Yorkshire.
La Fiesta

El Pincho 
16 Riverwalk, Durham DH1 4SJ
0191 374 1298
Serving traditional tapas, Greek appetisers and Moroccan specialities, El Pincho invite diners into their vibrant restaurant situated on The Riverwalk in Durham city. We recommend the grazing platters to share amongst friends, or for those feeling hungry, the minted lamb kebab wraps are delicious.

La Feria
Wellington House, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate HG2 0NA
01423 538181
Bringing the buzz of contemporary Spain to the heart of Harrogate, La Feria’s house speciality is free-range rotisserie chicken infused with the flavours of Spain. Alongside a selection of authentic tapas created with the finest ingredients, specials are chosen daily by the head chef, and their sharing boards showcase the best cheeses and charcuterie Spain has to offer.

La Fiesta
45 Doncaster Road, Armthorpe, Doncaster DN3 2BU
01302 830212
Much-loved and officially voted one of the best ‘hidden gem’ restaurants, La Fiesta is a fun and relaxed spot serving seriously good tapas at unbeatable prices – you just start with three tapas, then keep ordering more until you’ve had your fill. You’ll also find sharing platters, set menus and paella here.  

Number 29 Tapas Bar
29 Frenchgate, Richmond DL10 4HZ
For an evening of sharing dishes, great ales and gins head to Number 29 Tapas Bar in the heart of Richmond. From tiger prawns coated in garlic and chilli butter to piquanté peppers, there are plenty of delicious options on the menu.


207a Chillingham Road, Newcastle NE6 5LJ
This small authentic Spanish-inspired bar on Chillingham Road offers a wide range of wine, tapas and pintxos (similar to tapas and served on small slices of bread). We love their charcuterie and cheese sharing boards enjoyed alongside a glass of Spanish wine.

The Hispanist
Unit 11, Paragon Arcade, 52 Carr Lane, Hull HU1 3RF
01482 328805 
The modern cooking here showcases the very best of British and Spanish ingredients. It’s a casual yet stylish dining destination where you’ll want to fill your table with small plates and return time and time again to try the imaginative dishes – think coffee brined lamb rump with black garlic ketchup. We’ve got our eye on the chocolate and olive oil tart with sea salt and rosemary ice cream.

The Old Yard Tapas Bar
98 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JY
01325 467385
Serving up delicious sharing plates since 1995, this long-standing tapas bar creates small plates inspired by Greek and Spanish cuisine. The menu is extensive and (understandably) if you can’t decide, there’s always the 15-plate set sharing menu for parties of more than six to enjoy.

Six Pier Point 
6a, Pier Point, Marine Walk, Roker SR6 0PP  
0191 567 9374
This restaurant and wine bar overlooking the North Sea has an enviable location. Using the finest local and British ingredients, you’ll find tapas and seafood small plates on the menu, but it’s the sharing platters are our favourites – think charcuterie, cheese, seafood, artisan and veggie boards which can be savoured alongside a glass of wine.

Ambiente Tapas

Allard’s Lounge 
74–75 Front Street, Tynemouth NE30 4BP
Allard’s on the Quay, 1 Union Quay, North Shields NE30 1HJ
0191 447 3252
A renowned hotspot for food and drink, Allard’s Lounge serves everything from breakfast and small sharing plates to salads, pizzas and flatbreads. You’ll also find imaginative cocktails and plenty of choice for a glass of wine at both their dog-friendly venues. Choose from Thai fishcakes, chicken and chorizo paella, vegan bao buns and North Sea mussels on their tapas menu, plus there are wine pairing suggestions to accompany your favourite dishes.

Ambiente Tapas
14 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ
01904 689784
31 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA
01904 638252
59–63 Walmgate, York YO1 9TY
01904 809565
Cured meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes sit alongside a menu of nibbles, paellas and Spanish and Mediterranean sharing platters at these buzzing city centre tapas restaurants. You can find other Ambiente restaurants in The Calls, Leeds, and Humber Street, Hull.


194a Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6 5HP
0191 209 2359
Heaton’s first and only Spanish restaurant, Boquerones brings the best of traditional and modern tapas to Newcastle. Alongside a range of fruity sangrias, refreshing cocktails and their extensive drinks list, you’ll find plenty of small plates, including patatas bravas, tortilla espanola, serrano ham croquetas and salt and pepper calamari.

8 High Bridge, Newcastle  NE1 1EN
0191 447 4464
Dean Street, Newcastle  NE1 1PQ
0191 447 1180
Spanish food merchants Kaltur have been trading since 2011, but it’s their tiny tapas restaurant on Newcastle’s High Bridge which has brought them to wider attention. They now have a larger premises on Dean Street too.

La Casita
3–5 Cinliffe Road, Ilkley LS29 9DY
01943 601539 
What’s not to love about tapas? Sharp salty padron peppers accompanied by a fresh piña colada is our idea of heaven. Get a slice of this idyllic dining experience at La Casita in Ilkley or at their restaurant on Mill Bridge, Skipton.

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