Tapas Factory - Durham

Last week marked my fathers birthday, he turned 82 and I really believe every birthday should be celebrated and my family don't need an excuse for a party.

We decided to go into Durham city for a change and head to the new Tapas Factory which neither of us had been too. Situated on Elvet Bridge (Where Pears Boutique used to be). 



The Tapas Factory isn't very big therefore booking is essential to avoid disappointment, 0191 384 5578. 

5 of us squeezed around the small table which we didn't mind as the food coming out of the kitchen looked incredible.



I always find when ordering food at a Tapas restaurant you are best leaving one person in charge. This way you don't end up with the same dishes and get a good variety.  



We let Emily decide what to order for the food for the table but my Dad was in charge of ordering the wine. 



The food didn't take long to arrive and came, as and when it was ready but this didn't take much time.

Albondigas (£4.95), pork and beef balls in a rich and slow cooked tomato sauce.


Prawns pil pil (£6.45), King prawns cooked in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chilli. 



Calamares (£5.25), crispy squid, sprinkled with sea salt, served with homemade paprika and roasted garlic mayonnaise. 



Patatas bravas (£3.95), deep-fried potatoes topped with homemade brava sauce and home made garlic mayonnaise. 


Croquetas de champinones (£4.95), hand-crumbed mushroom croquettes. 



Paella de verduras (£4.45), paella rice cooked with fresh seasonal vegetables. 



Paella valenciana (£5.25), paella rice cooked with chicken breast, mussels, king prawns and squid. 



Polo con chorizo (£5.25), chicken breast cooked with chorizo in a white wine and cream sauce. As there was so much food on the table I completely forgot to photograph this dish. 

The last dish was croquetas de polo (£4.95), hand-crumbed chicken croquettes. 



I tried all of the veggie dishes and it was a taste sensation. The food was amazing. We all had a plate in front of us and just took a little bit of everything and as you can see, our table was a foodie feast. 



Tapas is such a social gathering, I love how everyone shares the food so you really get to try a little bit of everything. When Matty is home from work in a few weeks Tapas factory is on our list for places I want to take him. 

After our meal Emily, Tom and I did make a little trip into Durham's newest gin bar called Tin of Sardines. This really is the smallest bar I have ever been in and it was so hard to get a photograph as I couldn't stretch my arms out. 



Before ending our night in My House (a bar in Durham not my actual house). 



It was the perfect Saturday night out. 

Is there any other new restaurants I should try? I feel like I'm out the loop a little. Next on my list is Evans Bistro in Whitley Bay. The food on their Facebook page looks incredible. 


Tapas Factory - Durham 

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