New Spanish tapas and seafood restaurant with stunning sea views to open in Clevedon
A brand new Spanish-style tapas and seafood restaurant is due to open in Clevedon next month, replacing the former II Giardino restaurant on The Beach Road.
Situated in a much sought after location with stunning views over the canal and pier, ‘Escala’ is the latest venture from Dom and Alex Lamy who already own two popular locations on Hill Road. Following the closure of II Giardino’s in July 2020, the premises have remained vacant ever since.
The new venue is now set to open in the second week of May, with work underway to put the final pieces of the puzzle together. Escala will start off as a temporary business, with the six-month pop-up bar aiming to extend its stay more permanently – depending on business.
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Mr Lamy told Somerset Live that a Spanish fine food company had been acquired to import seafood from regions such as the Balearics, with prawns and fresh fish sourced from the Mediterranean. He said: “We will be working with a company called Mevalco, who will be importing food from Spain. The idea of tapas is that we can run Escala as an easier place to eat, which requires a lot less work than our other Puro chain.
“When we came up with the idea for a seafood and tapas restaurant, we thought – what doesn’t Clevedon have yet – and that’s what we decided.”
The bar will also have Spanish staff at its heart, with Jose A Ricarte and Dioni Martinez taking over as head chef and front of house respectively. The couple have extensive experience in the region, having worked and managed many Spanish restaurants in England and France.
Lamy added: “It will be great to have Jose and Dioni bringing their passion for Spanish cuisine with them and making the experience more authentic. We plan on having around 70% seafood options on the menu and the other 30 made from meats and other cuts.
“In addition, we have an alcohol license so we will be serving a wide range of drinks from sangria to red wine, all of which are supplied by our store on Hill Road – Vintage and Vine.”
The venue will serve food from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.