Restaurant Review - Castlegate Taberna

It’s a few years since the tapas craze hit these shores with a vengeance. In the 1990s, all over Britain, people were ordering patatas bravas and boquerones by the slack handful.

The problem was that the Spanish custom of lingering over bar snacks before dining at midnight, never quite gelled with the British love of the mid-evening three-course restaurant blow-out. You ended up going home feeling hungry, or waiting endlessly for the next dish to arrive. Now, at last, the problem has been solved by a small taberna in, of all places, Pickering.

Let’s get something said right away: the Castlegate Taberna serves not only the best Spanish food I have eaten in Britain (and I’ve had plenty), the food is consistently the finest to be had in this neck of the woods. The tapas format allows for variety, innovation and change.

On our last visit we had asparagus salad, gnocchi, puy lentils, calamares, scrambled eggs with green garlic stalks, smoked salmon and a whole lot more, washed down by a bone-dry Spanish white. Every dish was well thought out, fresh, interesting and delicious.

The service is excellent, the price reasonable; give yourselves a treat and get out to Pickering – you won’t go home hungry. Roger Osborne

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