What first appears to be a hole in the wall turns out to be much more than that. The small space Bellota inhabits is cleverly and stylishly divided into cosy booths which offer privacy without closing down the space. The booths are ideal for smaller parties but there is large table for groups of around 10. Perching up at the bar is also an option and it’s worth checking out the display cabinet to get some ideas.
Bellota is a popular spot for an after work drink or a pre-show bite, so there’s a good vibe about the place. Especially Thursday to Sunday from 6pm - 9pm when you can get a side serving of live latin guitar. Come Friday night people are spilling out onto the street, the long outdoor bar leaners perfect for meeting old friends, or making new ones.
You’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to explore the menu as it is extensive. It’s like a lesson in Spanish culture and a meal all rolled into one. Between insights, you’ll find a wide variety of olives, cheese and charcuterie, plus pintxos and tapas. Authentic Spanish produce is used throughout the menu, though many dishes are variations of the traditional. I highly recommend the croquestas with rice and chorizo and a jug of sangria to wash them down.
Bellota’s drinks list is about as long as the menu and also comes with handy little notes. It features an array of wine and beer from all corners of the Spain.
The service was friendly and professional, though a little more relaxed than we would have liked. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our experience and would happily return. It seems to me Bellota is best enjoyed slowly, with good company and plenty of time to digest to make room for the churros.