On the 1st floor of the corner of John St., a small kitchen brims over as a bustling team of chefs and waiting-cum-bar staff prepare and serve some of Bath’s most authentically Spanish tapas. Since throwing open the doors in 2014, this has been the scene at Olé Tapas on a daily basis whilst ever-excited diners sip on Sangria in anticipation for beautifully presented plates of deep fried Mediterranean fish, smooth jamón slices and roasted red peppers.
If you’ve been before, you can probably recall this scene well (and we don’t doubt that you were enjoying a glass or two of Sangria yourself). But if you haven’t stopped by yet, you’re missing out. This is tapas as it should be, with all dishes created using a real understanding of how tastes and textures work together, as well as a deep understanding of the ways in which you can bring the best out of each ingredient.
Take our word for it that just like other tapas joints, the food here is incredibly moreish. We’re talking blistered padron peppers, rich tomatoey stews, and these outrageous cheese and meat boards that are (quite frankly) too good to be legal. But with Olé Tapas in such a great location and food priced incredibly reasonably, there’s no need to get carried away - you’ve got no excuse not to make this reliable spot a regular haunt, giving you the chance to sample everything on the menu.
It’s not just the food at Olé Tapas that stands out - there’s something special about the atmosphere here too. The team have a real energy and are brilliantly attentive, and are more than happy to share their knowledge on each dish, as well as help you make those important drink choices. Even on the busiest of nights there’s nothing fazing this team; everything is effortless, convivial and engaging, resulting in a food joint that’s nothing short of fun.
Serious food in a not so serious atmosphere; Olé Tapas has turned the corner of John St. into a bustling slice of food heaven, and for that we thank them.