I really, really wanted to like La Taberna more. The room is great - small and cosy with a little bar and bullfighting posters. There were a few other tables in on our Monday night visit, so a decent bit of atmosphere.
The menu has a wide range of hot and cold tapas, plus paella and a few specials. However, on our visit, several of the specials weren't available and neither was tortilla (boo, my favourite tapa). We waited a long time for our food and, as other reviewers have said, the waitress was friendly but seemed overstretched (to be fair, she wasn't very well on that particular day).
The food? It's... ok. Very much what you would get in a proper Spanish tapas bar. Our battered chicken was dry and too salty, braised beef was good and so was the trademark sizzling chorizo. House wine was good and bread excellent. The trouble is, the food is fairly average but it's a little painful to spend £4-£5 on average for each (not very big) tapa when you can get an excellent selection for less at Ultracomida over the road.
I can see why it has loyal customers, but I'm not sure I'll become one of them,
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