Opening times – all day every day 7 days a week from 12 noon.
Monday - Thursday from 5pm
Friday, Saturday from 12 noon all day
Sunday - from 12-9pm
Spanish Restaurants in Newcastle and Durham specialising in delicious, authentic, home-cooked Spanish tapas.
El Coto Newcastle has been open since April 2004 and is just a few minutes away from Eldon Square behind St James’ Park, ideal for hungry shoppers and for a pre or post match meal.
The dark wood floors and wooden ceiling beams combined with a simple, rustic décor offer a cosy and informal setting suited to both a quick bite to eat or a special occasion.
The restaurant has a spacious bar area where you can enjoy a drink before and after your meal and has dining space over two floors. The first floor restaurant is available for private functions. There is also a cosy, covered and heated courtyard for al fresco dining in the summer months.
The restaurant is situated on Leazes Park Road in part of the Gallowgate area of Newcastle and parts of the building are said to date back many years to the times when people were hung in “the barn”. The building is rumoured to be haunted...
El Coto opened in Durham in May 2008 serving the same delicious tapas as our Newcastle restaurant in similar rustic, intimate surroundings on Hallgarth Street.
Dining is over two floors and there is a bar area to enjoy a drink before and after your meal.
The property was at one point owned by the Durham branch of the National Union of Mineworkers and some time ago traded as the “and Albert” restaurant who had a special oval table reserved for committee meetings. The restaurant was named “and Albert” as the Victoria pub is situated on the opposite side of the street.
In southern Spain, tapas are a typical accompaniment to a drink before a meal.
The verb “tapar” means to cover, and there are various theories as to the origin of the “tapa”, the most popular ones dating back hundreds of years. Some say that it was King Alfonso X “The Wise One” who ordered that taverns should serve wine only if accompanied by something to eat to stop people getting drunk too quickly. Others say it was King Alfonso VIII who started off the custom of the “tapa” on a royal visit to Cádiz.
On ordering a sherry in a local bar, a gust of wind blew sand and dirt into the bar and a waiter hastily put a slice of ham over the top of the sherry glass to prevent the dirt getting in the King’s drink. The King praised the waiter’s initiative and when ordering another sherry requested that it be served with another slice of ham over the top. The rest of the royal entourage asked for the same; word soon spread of the idea of serving a drink with a “tapa” and thus the concept caught on.
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