With the alfresco season well and truly here, a competition being run to find the UK’s Favourite Tapas Venue is also hotting up with Swindon’s widely acclaimed Los Gatos Tapas Bar an early contender.
The competition is sponsored by artisan Andalusian beer brand Alhambra, which you can enjoy at Los Gatos. Customers are asked to nominate or vote for their favourite all-round tapas venue.
The final winner along with regional winners will be announced on 12 October 2013, Spain’s National Day.
Los Gatos, Swindon’s first and only authentic Spanish tapas bar celebrated its seventh birthday this year. A tapas bar in the true sense, their dishes, such as their famous Berenjenas Fritas (deep fried aubergines) and Gambas Pil Pil (garlic-chilli prawns), have since become the talk of the town, and their monthly Sunday Paella lunches are booked months in advance.
To vote or nominate visit www.facebook.com/CervezasAlhambraUk and follow the instructions. Anyone lodging a vote will be entered into a monthly prize draw each month to win a £100 restaurant voucher and the winning restaurant will receive £2,000.
Andalusia in Southern Spain is where the Alhambra beers hail from and is also thought to be the birthplace of tapas.
Literally meaning “Lid”, it is thought by many that tapas first came about in Andalusia when plates were placed on top of glasses to stop the fruit flies spoiling the sherry. Soon morsels of food accompanied the plates before bars started to compete with each other, offering their own speciality tapa.
Today tapas is recognised as the quintessential cuisine of Spain and is celebrated and enjoyed around the world.
Vote for Los Gatos now and you could win a prize.