I've eaten on numerous occasions and the food is consistently good and of a pretty high standard. It's not Barrafina-style tapas, its a bit more traditional but they do like to serve up some interesting fusion places every now and then. That explains why its always packed, despite being in one of the most derelict (yes, you read right) areas of town.
I recently popped back for dessert after having Chinese at the nearby Silk Road and I was impressed about them accommodating us, despite having eaten our body weight in garlic.
I've never had dessert here before but the Macadamia Nut Cheesecake was out of this world. The cocktails were good, but my friend's Vale Royal with cardamom and bay leaves certainly wasnt worth its £11 price tag. My Caipirinha was as good as it could get.
Go, have fun, drink a lot and spend too much for a place in Camberwell. Afterall its now gentrified.
This place is quite remote from my flat in Notting Hill, but the other day we'd rented a car to go to this design fair in Birmingham and on the way back we decided to take advantage of having the ease of a car and pop by Angels & Gypsies. I couldn't call in advance as my cell was practically out of juice, so we crossed our fingers that they would manage to find us a table anyway.
With a bit of pleading and charming we managed to got the last table, lucky lucky us!
So we ordered some wine and dug into the menu, ordering five gorgeous 'small' tapas - with small being huge portions, actually. First, they brought the special of the day, large shrimps with garlic - and it was absolutely gorgeous, fresh shellfish in an amazing sauce that you just wanted to drink right off the bowl (for the record, I didn't). Then the plain tortilla, which wasn't nearly as good as the one from Barrafina (but frankly, which tortilla could stand the competition), but it was the second best I've had. We also had fried potatoes which chili and garlic (yummy! crisp and crunchy) and delicious padron peppers. Ulrik also tried out the rump cut with black beans and aioli, but eating very little meat I skipped that - however, I partially married him for his good taste so I'll take his word that it was good. Oh, nearly forgot: amazing warm, tasty, crunchy, freshly baked bread with goooood olive oil - always a winner.
Anyway, the 5 different tapas and the bread had Ulrik me all stuffed like happy little round Christmas turkeys. It's actually too much food for two people (and you can't stop eating once you start) so you might want to take it down a notch and just go for 4 tapas and some bread - although when push comes to shove, I have no idea which dish I would drop..
I ate there on Saturday night as part of a large group, we booked the private lounge - the Havana Room. The food was fabulous and plentiful and a great range of dishes to try! The drinks were also good, the Argentinian Malbec was delicious. The only downside was the slow service, our booking was for 7.30pm and aside from the serrano ham and bread the main dishes didn;t come out until 8.45pm... and they had been pre-ordered, although I appreciate we were a group of 22ish people. I can't comment on the prices as our meal was paid for (works do), but looking at the menu online it doesn't appear to be that cheap, but everything was delicious!
I had the good fortune of having breakfast at Angels & Gypsies 3 times during a recent stay at the Church Street Hotel. Although they offered a pretty delicious looking continental breakfast I skipped it every time to go for the cooked breakfast. The Full English Breakfast (Out to Pasture) is not your traditional full English breakfast but is totally a vegetarian's dream! Plantains, portabello mushrooms, halloumi, and beans that draw much more of an influence from the spices one would expect from a Spanish tapas place rather than the usual baked beans. I always opted for my egg poached which paired perfectly with the toasted sourdough bread. One day I decided to switch it up with the sourdough pancakes which were good but left me wanting more and I knew the Full English Breakfast would not leave me in that situation.
Fantastic spanish tapas! Best in London I reckon... a tad pricey but worth every penny. The artichoke hearts were a personal favourite. Visited on a recommendation, but didn't make it to the bar downstairs which i've heard is awesome!
Just got back after a fantastic evening celebrating my daughters birthday. Lovely food, wine, service and atmosphere. We also really appreciated the candles in dessert for our daughters birthday along with everyone in the restaurant applauding. Would definitely recommend
Whenever I crave some tapas, I know to go to Angels and Gypsies. The restaurant offers quality Spanish food and a spread of warmth and welcoming in the staff's attitude. The atmosphere is cozy, preparing you for the excellent food.
This place is fantastic, and a massive surprise to have such a stylish venue and great tapas in Camberwell.
I have eaten here many times and check this out for a recommendation: this is the place my girlfriend and I decided to introduce our parents to each other! Both sets of parents agreed that this is the best Tapas they had had in London - quite an accolade for my girlfriends parents to give, considering they have lived in North London all their lives!
The menu constantly changes, the tapas are fresh and absolutely delicious. There is a range of cured hams on the bar, each one more succulent and tasty than the next.
We have managed to get a table each time we have been, but it has been a squeeze, so if you want to be sure of a place, I recommend you book.
Seriously, get here!
Fantastic food and excellent service!
There is a great variety of dishes on the tapas menu that will leave everyone very happy. My favourites were the aubergine and the calamari. The deserts were also incredible! Felt the churros could have come with more chocolate, but that's probably just my greediness...
The service was also great. It was 2 women who were clearly rushed off their feet, but remained friendly and extremely helpful!
I will definitely be coming back!
Living in the area and walking past everyday, I decided to come here for my birthday dinner with family.
We were a party of 6, which I don't recommend for Tapas esp when some are hungrier than others. We ordered a variety of tapas dishes, about 10 different ones (doubling up on a couple) to get a good taste of the menu. I was pleasantly surprised as they were all absolutely amazing - quite different from your regular tapas restaurant. At then end we ordered a couple cheese boards and were short-changed on one of the cheeses - when we approached our waitress, she was happy to get us a proper slice!
The service was ok, I think it could be better, but all in all, I really enjoyed my evening there and will definitely go back.
Liked it, with some reservations... will definitely be going back
A long overdue opening in Camberwell. We've been waiting for the promised 'Cafe, Ceverzeria & Tapas' of Camberwell's newest restaurant, ever since the sign went up nearly three years ago..
Full review at grumblinggourmet.com/201…
Well the first month of the year is almost behind us and I find that I have already enjoyed a couple of fine meals at my local favourite, Angels and Gypsies in Camberwell, which is serving up some of the best tapas south of the river.
The restaurant is situated in a lovely room with lots of exposed brickwork and dark wooden tables arranged around a very attractive semi-circular tiled bar which forms a nice centre piece from which all the action unfolds.
My most recent visit was last Wednesday when I was with my old partner in crime Ms Chiari in the pub opposite, the wonderfully unreconstructed Hermit's Cave, having a pint of Brodies IPA when we decided a bit of supper would be in order. As I suspected they were fully booked but the lovely ladies handling the front of house managed to find us a couple of stools at the bar, for which we were very grateful, and it was game on.
I don't often get the chance to spend an evening with fellow foodie Ms Chiari so sitting at the bar was a great way to talk, eat and drink the night away while providing an ideal spot from which to quiz the very friendly and knowledgeable bar staff and survey the comings and goings in the restaurant. I think I will be suggesting this as the best seating option to B when we next return as a couple.
Anyway, we passed on the offer of some bread and olives but got some tap water and a couple of glasses of the fino which was a great appetite sharpener, crisp with just the right amount of bite, while we chatted and debated the food on offer.
The menu has stayed pretty much the same over the year or so I have been eating here but it's nicely balanced and there are usually 4 or 5 specials which seem to change every week. There are lots of interesting vegetable dishes and salads so unlike a lot of Spanish tapas places you can be sure your vegetarian friends are going to be well fed as well.
We kicked off with the scallops with Ginger olorroso and jamon iberico which were beautifully cooked with a hint of caramelisation and just melted in the mouth. Ms Chiari was purring but commented that the Ginger seemed to have been lost somewhere on route. Alongside this we ordered the pasta with gunard and cherry tomatoes from the specials; I had expressed an interest in this dish while chatting to the staff and one of the lovely ladies brought me a plate over to have a quick look at on route to another table. I don't think I can offer any higher praise than to say that this dish put me in mind of some of the wonderful pasta dishes I ate last year on the lovely Sicilian island of Maritemmo.
We washed this down with a fantastic bottle of Paco and Lola, Albarino from the very well put together wine list. This was not a cheap bottle at over £25, but it's a very fine wine and it complemented the food beautifully. However, both the "house" wines are very drinkable at under £15 and there is plenty of choice if you are looking to keep a lid on the bill and you wallet intact. It's worth mentioning that whatever you order you will be drinking out of nice large glasses with a thin rim; you call tell that a lot of thought has been put into ensuring that there is quality in all aspects of what they are doing in this room.
Onto the meat dish and for the second time in a week it was the albondigas stuffed with an apricot "jam" which came with a thinish yet tasty tomato based sauce which was finished off with a handful of chickpeas. Served in a rustic round clay dish this was a really fine food using quality salt marsh beef and got top marks. I'm not normally a great lover of the beef meatball and would always go for at least a 50/50 mix with pork if I was making it myself at home. However, the beef they are using has a very special flavour all of its own and when combined with the apricot stuffing was just divine and a joy to eat.
We also had the iberico chorizo with pickled peppers which I had been meaning to sample for ages. It was a good size to share between two and was full of flavour and packed a bit of a kick. On the side we one of my constant favourites, the fennel salad with feta and pomegranate which was as crisp and flavoursome as ever.
One thing to note is that they seem to like to close reasonably early during the week. We arrived about 7.30 and by the time we had finished our food and were ordering the house "special" coffee with warmed brandy at 10.30 we had watched the room go from almost empty to full and back again.
When we got the bill we were more than happy to leave a decent tip as we had been very well treated all evening. As ever, I think if you engage with the staff you will get back what you put in and plenty more "good vibes" on top.
We stumbled into a still bustling Camberwell Church Street in fine spirits. We had entered the Angels feeling good and we left feeling even better which is surely the true test of any restaurant; we salute you.
I had high expectations for this tapas joint and I wasn't disappointed. Tapas tends to be bad to awful in the UK but this place is an example that the Brits can do great Tapas. There were some very authentic dishes, the stand-outs were the meatball (albondigas) and the fish tortilla. I recommend booking as they are often busy. The plates themselves are very small so if you're reedy like me you'll need at least 4 dishes per person (if not 5!). The Iberico ham was not the really good stuff you get in Spain but these are just quibbles. You won't be disappointed.
Angels and Gypsies is not your typical Tapas. With its rustic gothic influenced décor and Andalucían influenced menu this relaxed Spanish eatery nestled in Camberwell is a great spot for fresh tasty Tapas. Including unique menu items such as Spanish spiced Cornish crab and watermelon feta salad the owner attempts to add a contemporary twist on a traditional cuisine, all done so with an effortless ease.
I stumbled in here with a friend in search of coffee and dessert and we were both really impressed. The coffee was excellent and the desserts completely beyond expectations. The staff were friendly, the interior rustic-cool and prices fair. For coffee and dessert it doesn't get much better than this, but I'll be back to try the tapas for fuller appreciation of this restaurant's wares.
Camberwell never used to have much foodie rep - only a few years ago locals would still be more inclined to head elsewhere for dinner out rather than bother with the uninspiring local options. However, the Camberwell foodie renaissance is in full swing now, and I salute Angels & Gypsies for being chiefly responsible. It's probably due to this place that we now have the swanky likes of the Crooked Well in the neighbourhood. I now have no need to venture anywhere further afield if I want any top-notch, high-end Spanish cuisine (and as we know, Spanish is the new black).
People may rave about such-and-such place, but I'm seriously sceptical that it'll be appreciably better than Angels & Gypsies. People from outside Camberwell actually come HERE for this!
What tapas can I recommend? Man, they're all good. Get some of the filling classics (croquetas, tortilla, empanadas) in, all of which are done very well indeed, with intriguing twists. This will set you up nicely to order the fancier and pricier dishes, and ensure you're full enough when you leave! I'm a big fan of the roast pork belly, Galician octopus, and the odd nod towards Moro territory (rabbit with chuk chuka, and so on) as well as the slow-cooked aubergine and coriander stew.
Unless you're swimming in cash, you'd most probably come here when you have something to celebrate, unless you're with someone you REALLY want to impress! Oh, and I would strongly recommend ending your meal with a glass of Pedro Ximenez sherry, although you might prefer to sample one of their very fine selection of aged rums! Christ, I need something to celebrate soon!!
Great spanish food, reasonable prices and a pleasant atmosphere. It is recommended to make a reservation because the place was very crowded. The highlight of the tapas we had was the Seared rabbit fillet with chickpeas, swiss chard, cumin & Moroccan Chouk Chouka.
This is a treasure of a restaurant! the food is seasonal and local, and cooked in a Spanish way, with imported Iberico jamons. All delicious! The service is friendly and efficient. Very good value for money. Great ambiance too.
You may need to book as this place is very popular.
Inventive tapas, perfectly executed. It's maybe a bit more expensive than other restaurants in the area but not unreasonable, really. The staff are very nice, too.
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