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Celebrated  Birmingham eatery El Borracho de Oro is the latest outfit to take the reins in the kitchen, moving in for the month of April under the guise of Little Borracho with a menu created especially for 1000 Trades. A panoply of moreish small plates will be on offer including patatas bravas, gambas a la plancha, tortilla española, croquetas de jamon and pinchos de pollo. – with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to boot. Inspiration for the dishes is varied, from Canarian to Catalan.

Little Borracho’s big sister, the independent, authentic Spanish restaurant nestled in Edgbaston, is owned by Emma Yufera-Ruiz, originally from Shropshire but with Spanish family ties and has established itself as a firm favourite for diners looking for authentic flavours of Spain without having to sit on a budget airline plane.

EmEmma el borrachoma is passionate about fresh and delicious Spanish food and the owner herself will be rustling up some rustic tapas herself in the informal setting of 1000 Trades:

“Birmingham has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years and is rightly something of a foodie destination. El Borracho is my fourth Spanish restaurant and it’s been great to be part of a growing scene of independent eateries which are affordable but no less delicious.” said Emma.

“The vibrancy of Spanish cooking is something which still delights and surprises on a daily basis and it’s amazing how much you can make simple, high quality ingredients absolutely sing when you put some thought into how they complement one another. I’m really looking forward to getting into the kitchen at 1000 Trades.”

All Emma’s ingredients come direct from the highest quality producers in Spain or local Birmingham foodie markets. To match the authentic food offer 1000 Trades will be stocking some specially sourced vino and cerveza (beer) throughout the month.

You can download the full menu here. The Little Borracho kitchen will be serving up from 5-10pm Monday-Thursdays, midday-10pm Fridays and 1-10pm on Saturdays. Bookings are now open via info@1000trades.org.uk or 0121 233 2693.

  • Ever wondered where the word the word ‘tapas’ comes from? There are two accounts! Both agree that the verb tapar, “to cover” is the derivation. One suggests that inns providing meals, rooms and fresh horses for travellers  offered their guests a sample of the dishes on a “tapa” (the word for pot cover in Spanish) – not least because innkeepers could not write and most customers could not read. “Tapa” there small portion of any kind of Spanish cuisine. The other points to customers of the inns covering their wines with a slice of stale bread (again, a ‘tapa’) to prevent flies getting in, which were then topped with other small food items so they could be eaten whilst keeping the flies out. So now you don’t know

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