In Brief:

★★★★☆ Great place, highly recommended for anyone who wants good quality food alongside a nice glass of sherry. Only criticism is I’d love to see more sherries on the menu as their business grows. It’s such an adventure to drink them with tapas.

Pricing: For two guests, three glasses of sherry and a good serving of food we paid c. £55.00 including tip. So rather good value!

Atmosphere: Nice setting! We sat outside in the sun-trap terrace and it was lovely.

Service: No complaints, all was great and polite. Niamh has a nut allergy and they were very accommodating (note: Pintxo Bath is not a nut-free environment).

Full thoughts:

Niamh and I visited Pintxo Bath, the new tapas restaurant which has opened on Barton Street in Bath, last week. We were seated in their lovely outdoor terrace space, a little sunny area out the back of the restaurant complete with some sombrero hats for when the sun gets particularly hot (not all too likely in the south west of England, but there you go). It was lively and we were seated quickly with an alluring menu of tapas offerings, both hot and cold, and a wine menu complete with 5 lovely sherries.

We started with the bread and olive oil dip, which is a nice way to whet the appetite. After which we delve into a seleciton of tapas including a delicious chorizo and lentil stew, which was very well balanced between the texture of the broth and the spicy flavour of the chorizo. I particularly enjoyed the deep-fried slices of aubergine, which were beautifully laced with reduced PX sherry – just enough sweetness and very moreish.

The Patatas Bravas, which is fried potato with spicy tomato and mayo, wasn’t quite to the standard of Olé Tapas (another bar in Bath) but it was hot and delicious all the same. We had padron peppers too, which might be simple to make but can really add to a meal of Spanish nibbles when they’re well salted and Pintxo got it spot on! Niamh enjoyed the spinach and ricotta croquettes but they were a little too cheesy for me.

Nevertheless, the sherry was the main event for me. Drinking a 7 year-old Manzanilla sherry, which is a salty and lemon-forward light style of dry sherry, followed by a lightly sweet Amontillado with notes of biscuit and nut, was beautiful with all the different tapas flavours.

I rounded off the meal with an indulgent serving of PX sherry. This raisin like, low-acid sherry is ultra sweet and tastes like pure prune juice. It is a lovely way to end a meal but a glass is plenty! Next time I will have to dribble it over their vanilla ice-cream.

The name “Pintxo” is pronounced pin-cho (noun.) and apparently means “a small snack eaten in bars“.

Visit Pintxo Bath yourself!

31 Barton Street, Bath, Somerset. BA1 1HG

T: 01225 463861



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