All over Spain, pintxos and tapas are an integral component of social life. Pintxos differ from tapas in their presentation – pintxos are usually spiked with a skewer, or large toothpick, often to a piece of bread. The head chef at Arbina has an improvisational style, which has won him several awards for his impressive pintxos.
For those who miss their Spanish homeland, or simply enjoy traditional comfort food, then stews called platos de cuchara are favourites at Arbina. Top quality pulses and vegetables are combined with meat or fish, using only the freshest produce. The specialty stew at Arbina is Cocido Madrileño. This famous dish from Madrid is served in stages, starting with a soup made from stock and small, thin pasta. The vegetables and meat are served separately and can be added to the soup or eaten on their own, according to individual taste.
At Arbina we use only the best of Spanish and British produce. Extra virgin olive oil, Jamón Ibérico, cheeses and cured meats are sourced from Spain. Our meat, vegetables, fish and seafood are all fresh and sourced from local UK suppliers.
Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world, with nearly 1.2m hectares of vineyards and 400 different variations of grape being cultivated. As such, wine is an essential part of any Spanish dining experience and at Arbina we aim to ensure that our selection of wines represents the best that the country has to offer, as well as being the perfect pairing to your meal.
We have an excellent selection of wines from well-known Spanish wine producing regions, including red wines from Rioja, Ribera de Duero and Priorat and white wines from Rias Baixas, Rueda and Penedés. Alongside these we take pride in offering some of the less well known and perhaps more interesting wines from around Spain. We also carry a select stock of sherries from the Jerez region and sparkling Cavas to complete the Spanish dining experience. Whether you are enjoying a few light pintxos, an arroz dish, or a plato de cuchara, we can recommend the ideal accompaniment to suit any budget.