Wine and tapas. It’s all you need sometimes.
During our trip to the Lakes, we visited El Porton restaurant in Windermere. I had read numerous reviews on tripadviser and I decided I just had to visit. I love Spanish food, I think it may be up there as one of my favourite cuisines. I like the social atmosphere you get when enjoying a good tapas meal. The mixture of small dishes and the sharing aspect really appeals to me and it makes for a different dining experience.
El Porton was a very small restaurant, with just a few tables and minimal Spanish themed décor. The waiting staff were all Spanish and extremely friendly. There was an extensive wine list and it took a while for us to decide on a wine. In the end we settled on a Rioja (Rioja Vega, Tempranillo 2013), which was really good and complimented the tapas well.
We ordered 5 tapas dishes, plus some bread with oil. We found this was the perfect number of dishes to leave you satisfied but not over full. We have had numerous tapas experiences and often we order far too much food. It is easy to get carried away with the number of options on offer! We went for the classic garlic prawns, abondigas (meatballs), chorizo, potatoes with alioli (my favourite dip in the ENTIRE world) and a Spanish tortilla.
All the food was really good, the prawns and abondigas were definitely the favourites. I was disappointed with the alioli though, with it being my favourite dip, I expected a lot from it, and it just didn’t live up to the alioli I have had previously. However, that was my only complaint from the whole meal.
I would definitely recommend checking out El Porton if you are in Windermere, it’s a bit different having a good Spanish restaurant, in the middle of the British countryside, but it makes a nice change from the usual local, homely British food, most restaurants in the area serve.