Last Updated on June 15, 2021 by Fiona Maclean
Enjoy the authentic taste of Spain in a leafy London park.
Whilst a trip to Spain might be wishful thinking, a taste of Spain can be yours for the asking right here in London. Tucked away in Mayfair, a very short walk from London’s Green and Hyde Parks, Spanish restaurant, El Pirata has just launched their Tapas Picnic in the Park experience.
In time for National Picnic Week, they’ve taken favourites from their deliciously authentic tapas menu and created three picnic options designed to transport you to the land of sol and sangria!
We’d pre-ordered the day before and, picking up our very smart, reusable El Pirata tote bag, we trotted down to Green Park to relax in an urban meadow under London’s famous plane trees, all within sight of Buckingham Palace. Delightful!
Customers can choose three different picnic options suitable for 2, 4 and 6 people. We were treated to the El Pirata menu 2, designed for two to four picnickers, and offering very good value at £19, £36 if you include the optional, but very tasty, bottle of rosé cava. If cava’s not your thing, and you’d prefer a crisp white or rosé wine, you can enjoy 20% off any wine from the wine list when ordering your picnic.
Our bag contained: a generous slice of traditional tortilla, that wholesome omelette with potatoes and onion which never tastes this good when I cook it at home; the Spanish staple of ali-oli (bread and garlic mayo), without which no Spanish meal is complete; a tres colores salad of mozzarella, tomato and avocado (with a delicious tarragon dressing); perfectly cooked chicken and potato croquettes and that perennial favourite, chorizo al vino or Spanish sausage simmered in a red wine sauce. For larger groups, additional tapas are added (meatballs, chicken wings, potatoes in chilli and garlic sauce). Glasses, cutlery and napkins are provided and the lids of the food boxes make serviceable plates.
Of course, you could make a day of it. Bring your own flasks of coffee, tablecloths, rugs and fancy plates and cutlery. We enjoyed our taste of Spain having emerged from the life-affirming exhibition of David Hockney’s work at Piccadilly’s Royal Academy of Arts. It made us realise that although it may be a while before we can visit the rest of the world, London’s museums and galleries offer us access to countries near and far. With the addition of authentic food served at restaurants like El Pirata, we can have our own global gastronomic adventure right here at home.
To purchase an El Pirata Picnic, customers can either call the restaurant directly on 020 7491 3810 or alternatively pre-order 24 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny was a guest of El Pirata of Mayfair Tapas Restaurant Español, 5-6 Down Street, London, W1J 7AQ. You can also dine in the restaurant or on their pretty terrace. Check their website for more information