to eat well in North Devon
loco with Tapas at Lilico’s in Barnstaple
They have been celebrating an offer of any
6 tapas dishes plus a bottle of Portuguese wine for £30
at Lilico’s in the Square in Barnstaple and they certainly
have something to shout about.
well-managed husband, wife and sister-in-law team
is led by Wanda Yeo, have successfully brought home
the long standing Navarre Spanish tradition of pinchos
and tapas. The Spanish tradition involves bar-hopping
with small drinks (chiquitos) of wine and banderillas
(bite-sized food on a cocktail stick – named
after the barbed darts used during the bullfight).
The difference with Lilico’s is that it is not
in Spain and hopping takes place between the busy
lounge bar and relaxed restaurant serving 30 covers.
The name Lilico is an old
family name which Wanda and Chris have stuck to, hoping
that it will endorse the Mediterranean atmosphere they have
worked so hard at creating. One cannot help but admire Chris
and Wanda when you meet them. Passionate, experienced and
self-trained Wanda, especially wears a confident smile which
tells you that she enjoys cooking all the very tasty food
that arrives from the kitchen in sequence to your table.
For Wanda, the concept of a Mediterranean tapas bar all
started with her love for food from around the world, her
passion for cooking and the delight that her guests have
enjoyed her meals.
The entire Mediterranean selection
also include, seafood platters, pimientos de pardon,
spicy chorizos, homemade meatballs, sliced Spanish
“Serrano” ham drizzled with olive oil
and served with bread, just to name a few.
At Lilico’s they keep the Spanish tradition
of sharing and cook all their dishes to order. This
means that every tapa arrives at your table piping
hot as soon as you have finished the preceding choice.
An ideal experience will be to start the evening
with a glass of champagne or classic cocktail before
you wander down into the basement to be pampered
at your table with good food. And
then, if the whole tapas experience is not enough,
you can simply return to the Lounge Bar, sink into
their leather sofas and enjoy a
specialty coffee and cake from their patisserie while listening
to live jazz, blues, acoustic sets or DJs; and if you really
like to be seen about town, then the bar is bright, spacious
and overlooks Square and Longbridge and serves a good light
and tested verdict:
Highly recommend. Whatever you choose from the comprehensive
menu of tapas to share is tasty. It includes both Spanish
and English choices, but do not exclude the paella at £4.95
which is so tasty that you might just go wild and order
the large one served with bread and dips at £14.95.
Lilicos’s Tapas Lounge & Bar
Tel: 01271 372933
Locate it here
hours are 11.00 to 2.30pm and 5.00 to 9.30pm, Monday to
Thursday and all day Friday and Saturday. Lilicos closes
every weekday at 2:30pm and re-opens at 5:30pm Last orders:
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