A little off the beaten track in Pickering, on the way to the Castle, is the authentic Spanish Restaurant - Castlegate Taberna. A small split level restaurant with a few tables at the front, and a larger area of seating at the rear, suitable for all sizes of party. The walls are richly coloured and decorated with Picasso prints and other stylish art, which along with Spanish music in the background, created a good atmosphere. The menu is predominately Tapas, with a good range of daily specials. There was a small selection of larger dishes which included salmon, seared tuna and steak. We plumped for the Tapas which are split into cold and hot dishes; being a cold February night, we plumped for six hot dishes, which was about the right amount of food for two. Dishes included calamari, salted cod fritters and seabass to name but a few. Our dishes proved to be a good mix, with lentil casserole, Serrano ham and chicken fritters, garlic mushrooms and the Spanish Omelette being our favourites. Be warned though, none of the dishes are huge, so if your appetite is large, order more dishes. We received excellent advice on possible dishes from the owners, and the pacing of the meal was just right.
You've got to have a dessert obviously, so we chose from the small list to have profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce, and a cafetiere of coffee apiece. A great meal, which for the food was a solid four stars, but the atmosphere justifiably bumps it up to a five!
we went last night for my birthday. its a lovely cosy , friendly place. there are main courses but we opted for the tapas. we ordered 8 tapas between 3 of us which with bread was plenty. the battered king prawns and calamara with garlic dip was gorgeous, the seabass moist , in fact all was great. the dishes came a few at a time which was great .even the bread had a dipping tasty olive oil with it . the deserts we had were profiteroles and warm fig and plum tart both delicious. even the drinks were spanish and the cider that we had was tasty.coffee came in a cafetiere and got 2 cups each. all this for £60 how great wil go again and great place to take friends. service great and we were not rushed at all. superb
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