El café would be more at home on the beach front in Spain than in a Warwickshire market town. We visited it on a Saturday night after my boss had mentioned it a couple of times in passing to alleviate the end of honeymoon blues.
El Café is small – there are a couple of tables inside, and a few more in the heated and covered outside area. It’s so small, in fact, that there is no ‘kitchen’. The kitchen is a station at the end of the bar, where the chef prepares all manner of delicious tapas. This is not pretentious food, but really good, classic tapas; cooked excellently.
So the wine list may not be extensive, and there may only be only two beers to choose from, but who really cares when the food is this good? They offer 5 tapas dishes for £20, and after we started with nachos, we could only just about squeeze in a dessert.
The other great thing about El Café is the hospitality. Dave the chef came out to check on each table individually to make sure the food was ok. We got another shout ‘goodbye’ and a wave through the window from him on the way out.
Spanish Sweet Red Peppers Stuffed with Black Pudding, Smothered with Manchego Cheese (Pimientos rellenos de Morcilla y Manchego)
You can find El Café for yourself at:
6 Granville Court
Shipston on Stour
They are open Monday to Saturday mornings ‘til 3pm for coffee and food, and Wednesday to Saturday from 5:30 for dinner and drinks.