Bites: Spanish

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Arta, The Old Cheesemarket, 13-19 Walls Street, Merchant City, Glasgow (0141-552 2101). Wed-Sun, 5pm-1am. Opening later this week in a warehouse refashioned to resemble an 18th-century Spanish villa, Arta is part of a complex including bars, private dining and a club with live music. The portents for the portions are good, with ingredients carefully sourced for tapas such as Picos Blue cheese and pine kernel salad; salt cod fishcakes; chickpea, artichoke and lemon salad, and grilled quails, each less than £5 each.

Arta, The Old Cheesemarket, 13-19 Walls Street, Merchant City, Glasgow (0141-552 2101). Wed-Sun, 5pm-1am. Opening later this week in a warehouse refashioned to resemble an 18th-century Spanish villa, Arta is part of a complex including bars, private dining and a club with live music. The portents for the portions are good, with ingredients carefully sourced for tapas such as Picos Blue cheese and pine kernel salad; salt cod fishcakes; chickpea, artichoke and lemon salad, and grilled quails, each less than £5 each.

Henry's Beard, Bridport (01308 420899). Dorset-based wandering caterer is purposeful about Spanish produce. Ex-River Café chef Ben Hodges has switched allegiance from Italy to Iberia, bringing oils and olives, piquillo peppers and mojama dried tuna for tapas and earthy main courses. In summer HB can be found at festivals; next appearance is at Bridport Arts Centre in December, but they'll go almost anywhere and terrific spread for around £28 a head.

Quartier Vert, 85 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol (0117 973 4482). Daily, 10am-11pm. What was Rocinantes has been renamed and redecorated, but is still mainly organic and often Spanish. There's an all-day café with well-sourced tapas, plus a restaurant part with a wider menu. Lunch is £11.50 for two courses; dinner in the restaurant's £20-£25 without drinks, with paella for £13.50.

Star Inn, Lidgate, Suffolk (01638 500275). Mon-Sat, lunch and dinner; Sun, lunch. A Catalan landlady accounts for the presence of boquerones, serrano, hake a la vasca, paella and crÿme caramel in a 500-year-old Suffolk pub with Greene King behind the bar. Pay £4-£6 for starters, up to £13.50 for the sea bass baked with potatoes, wine and garlic. Have steak, venison or duck as alternative to Spanish fish dishes.

La Tasca, 4 Queen Square, Liverpool (0151-709 7999). Daily 12-11pm. Manchester was the first of this tapas bar chain now rapidly spreading to London's Canary Wharf, Glasgow, Nottingham and Bristol. Decor and menu don't vary much between venues. Hot and cold tapas costs no more than £3.75 each; top price paella is £9.45 a head; staff give the impression of being Spanish.

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