Porta set to bring a true taste of Spain to Salford this November
Ben and Joe Wright will launch a third site of their highly popular tapas bar, Porta in the Chapel Street neighbourhood in Salford, this November. The original Porta was founded next door to their multi-award winning Chester bistro Joseph Benjamin in 2012.
The Porta concept was inspired by a lifetime of travels to Spain and Portugal and a yearning for the informality and buzz of a traditional tapas bar. With Porta bars thriving in Chester and Altrincham, the brothers are working hard on a sympathetic renovation of the site, which is owned by Salford City Council.
Located in the former Midland Bank building on the corner of Bexley Square, the brothers aimto bring a slice of Spain to Salford through an authentic tapas menu and intimate atmosphere, with a menu filled with typical tapas classics, such as jamon, croquetas and patatas bravas but also variations such as slow-roasted ox cheek with pickled walnutsand purple sprouting broccoli with Romesco sauce.
Chef-owner, Joe Wright comments: “With Porta’s menu, we aim to offer tapas classics that are cooked perfectly. The dishes that feature are generally really simple, but we ensure they’re absolutely bang on by using only the best ingredients and making every element from scratch. The Presa Iberica, is a great example of this- the meat is sourced from a long-established Iberico pork specialist in Salamanca, which we sear on the plancha and serve with mojo verde. It’s really simple but the quality of meat is incredible and makes the dish really stand out.”
The drinks list is expertly curated by Ben and features a refined selection of Spanish wines sherries and vermut (vermouth), as well as a nod to Manchester with a line of Track Brewing Co beers.
Co-owner, Ben Wright comments: “The idea of Porta is to embrace what we see as the true concept of tapas. It’s all about that social experience and the versatility that tapas brings; whether you want to grab a few small plates over a quick beer or you’re catching up with friends and want an informal, cosy corner all night long, that’s what tapas is all about. It can be whatever you want it to be and that’s why people love Porta.”
Like their other two restaurants, the interior is being designed and project managed by the brothers and features the original parquet flooring, which is currently being restored.
Ben continues: “We’ve been lucky in all of our Porta sites that the buildings have had some beautiful features, just waiting to be uncovered. The Salford site has stunning high ceilings and arched windows, as well as the parquet flooring. We’re currently on track to open in November and we really can’t wait.”
Porta will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Subject to refurbishment and building work timescales, Porta is due to open on Chapel Street at the end of November 2018. For more information about Porta, visit: www.portatapas.co.uk.
Author : Emily Fitzgibbons
Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited