Edinburghâ€™s widely-acclaimed Spanish restaurant Tapa has been named the UKâ€™s Favourite Tapas Venue following seven months of intense voting. The delightful establishment beat off fierce competition from a host of top Spanish restaurants from around Britain to win the competition, which was run by craft Andalusian beer brand Alhambra.
The competition began on February 28thÂ 2013, Andalusia Day, and ran until October 10thÂ 2013 with seventy-five restaurants or tapas bars from the UKâ€™s burgeoning Spanish restaurant scene involved. People were able to vote or nominate their favourite venue via Cervezas Alhambraâ€™s UK Facebook or at Alhambraâ€™s summer sampling events, with the winning restaurant announced on Spainâ€™s national Day, 12thÂ October.
Aside from the prestige of taking the crown, Tapa will receive a prize of Â£2,000. The other restaurants who made up the top five included â€“ 2nd place â€“ Los Gatos, Swindon, 3rdÂ place â€“ El Toro, Hull, 4thÂ Place â€“ Costas Tapas Bar, Penrith and Â 5thÂ place â€“ Lunya, Liverpool.
Sam Houston, spokesperson for the Alhambra beer brand commented,Â â€œThe Spanish restaurant sector has blossomed in the last few years with consumers really getting a taste for tapas.Â We are now blessed with an incredible array of authentic Spanish tapas venues around the country and this competition has helped showcase that. TapaÂ is a beautiful venue with stunning food and that traditional tapas buzz.Â It has a loyal local following and it is great forÂ Greig, Dan and the team to get the recognition they deserve.â€
Andalusia in Southern Spain is where the Alhambra beers hail from and is also thought to be the birthplace of tapas.Â Literally meaning â€œLidâ€, 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.Â Soon morsels of food accompanied the plates before bars started to compete with each other, offering their own speciality tapa.Â Today tapas is recognised as the quintessential cuisine of Spain and is celebrated and enjoyed around the world.