Opening times – all day every day 7 days a week from 12 noon.
Welcome to El Torero, Newcastle’s finest Spanish restaurant!
Monday-Friday 12-5pm any 3 Tapas* for ONLY £10.95!
Our extensive menu caters for all tastes, with a large selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. We have a wide variety of tapas as well as other speciality dishes such as paella and suckling pig, making El Torero a venue for any occasion. The great thing about tapas is you can order as few or as many as you fancy. For 4 or more people we also do our popular tapas selection menus that are ideal for large parties and those who are too indecisive to choose from our large range of dishes.
El Torero opened in August 2001 and translates as “The Bullfighter”. Our menu is created by Toni Almirón, a Spaniard from Granada, Andalucia, and offers a wide range of delicious dishes inspired by the gastronomy of southern Spain. All our dishes are freshly prepared under the supervision of our head chef, Jorge del Rio Rubio, also from Granada. Only the finest ingredients will do and we source a lot of them (such as chorizo, jamón, morcilla and longaniza) from Spain.
We have an extensive wine list where you can find great wines from all over Spain. As well as our Spanish lagers and cider, we also serve our home-made Sangría, which is a special mix of spirits, and white and red wine. Before your meal you can enjoy a Manzanilla sherry and after dining we have a range of Spanish liqueurs such as Pacharán and Licor 43, and also a range of Spanish brandies.
In southern Spain, tapas are a typical accompaniment to a drink before a meal.
The verb “tapar” means to cover, and there are various theories as to the origin of the “tapa”, the most popular ones dating back hundreds of years. Some say that it was King Alfonso X “The Wise One” who ordered that taverns should serve wine only if accompanied by something to eat to stop people getting drunk too quickly. Others say it was King Alfonso VIII who started off the custom of the “tapa” on a royal visit to Cádiz.
On ordering a sherry in a local bar, a gust of wind blew sand and dirt into the bar and a waiter hastily put a slice of ham over the top of the sherry glass to prevent the dirt getting in the King’s drink. The King praised the waiter’s initiative and when ordering another sherry requested that it be served with another slice of ham over the top. The rest of the royal entourage asked for the same; word soon spread of the idea of serving a drink with a “tapa” and thus the concept caught on.