The first time we went to La Bodega it was almost empty but we were told we couldn't eat there without a reservation. I took that as an indication that it must be good. So today we went there early and ordered six plates of tapas with eager anticipation. But it was very disappointing. The olives were as cheap and nasty as can be, ironic considering that there is a shop next door that sells the best olives in town. The chorizo in wine was flavourless (blindfolded I would have never guess what it was or what it had been cooked in), the tortilla and the mushrooms were bland and the squid was soft and greasy. Several of the dishes came with dollops of mayonnaise and masses of lettuce that didn't improve the situation. The Manchego cheese was the oldest I have ever seen, way beyond what is normally sold as viejo. My companion didn't find its taste as unpleasant as I did, but she agreed she had never had older Manchego and that it was the worst meal we had ever had in Glossop. Left almost as hungry as we entered and with nothing positive to report. With two glasses of lime and soda it came to £28.60. It wouldn't have been cheap if it had been good, but it wasn't good so definitely overpriced. Not a good experience. We had both eaten (separately) at a tapas bar on Deansgate in Manchester in the past and thought it was very good. My companion speaks fluent Spanish and confirmed that the music really was "My way" sung in that language. The staff were friendly and the place was beginning to fill up as we left. Maybe we just picked the wrong dishes, but for a tapas restaurant to serve such poor quality olives suggests that something is amiss. I wouldn't go back.
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