Where to go now: The Tapas Room

The Tapas Rooms has recently opened their doors in Battersea. The much loved and renowned south London chain, which is known for this appetizing food and bustling atmosphere is now situated over looking the beautiful Battersea park a short walk away from the station.

The chain, which originated in 2017 has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. They have created a loyal following of clients who have watched the brand successes. This new site is allowing consumers from a different part of London to get involved and fall in love with their delectable tapas once more.

The Tapas Room group was founded by Paul Belcher in Tooting in 2017, after a successful stint of his pop-up restaurant Donostia Social Club, which started life as a street food van and evolved into a site at Pop Brixton. The small site in Tooting serves primarily as a wine bar and shop, serving nibbles alongside to interested customers, developing the brand’s loyal following and providing an opportunity for expansion. The group has gone from strength to strength in the succeeding years, with the popular Deptford site following in 2019, and the two newest sites in Brixton and Battersea in 2020 during the peak of the pandemic.

Speaking about their Peckham opening earlier this year, Paul says “We have been eyeing up an opening in Peckham for a while, we know a lot of our customers from the other sites live around the area and we wanted to bring The Tapas Room to a brand new pocket of London, and one that still has that local feel to it. Our aim for Peckham is an accessible, informal restaurant, where people can easily learn about wine, try delicious food, and enjoy a bit of Spain in South London.”

The interiors across The Tapas Room’s sites feature dark blue accents and high tables and chairs, as well as some snug areas with banquette seating.

The wine lists at each site vary slightly, as they are curated by the manager of each outpost, however all represent a range of Spanish wines, from those lesser known grapes such as Treixadura and Hondarrabi Zuri to excellent examples of popular spanish wines.

All sites offer a mix of hot and cold tapas, suitable for nibbles alongside drinks or for a more substantial meal. The group imports excellent quality cheeses and meats including Idiazabal, a pressed sheep cheese from the Basque region and Serrano Reserva Ham.

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