While nestled away in the peaceful and historic High Street, Soprano Tapas and Wine Bar brings a slice of the cosmopolitan life to Tunbridge Wells. With trendy exposed brickwork and low red lighting illuminating an extensive cocktail bar, this spot delivers a stylish dining experience that cleverly fuses a sophisticated city feel with its modern take on Spanish cuisine.
Tapas is a sociable eating culture which shuns the single square meal for smaller shared dishes, and Soprano’s wide menu is perfect if you like to mix it up with different flavours or experiment with new tastes. But there’s no need to be a connoisseur – the staff are more than happy to help you order the right amount and recommend dishes, many of which are vegetarian and gluten free too.
After being seated in a cosy booth, we opted for the Seleccion Soprano to start. This generous shared appetiser serves up a little of everything, with hot and cold mingling together and sweet and sharp flavours all catered for in light bites of bread, ham, octopus and anchovies, alongside dates, artichokes, stuffed tomatoes and nuts. A classic Mojito from the bar’s impressive cocktail list was a winning flourish but a tough choice over rivals such as the Bloody Mary, Mango Margarita and Mint Julep.
As we moved onto our main dishes the restaurant’s regular Thursday night live music began. Effortlessly talented violinist Dalma Gebe performed contemporary Spanish strings along to the bar’s background music, giving a casual ambience that is perfectly pitched to Soprano’s relaxed lounge feel. Taking in the atmosphere, we savoured spiced lamb skewers, croquettes filled with ham and melted cheese, and a mixed plate of tiger prawns, whitebait and squid rings – all richly flavoured and filling for two. We ended the night on a high with Churros – heavenly sugared pastry bites dipped in hot chocolate sauce.
- Soprano Tapas and Wine Bar, 56 High Street, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1XF, call
01892 535842, firstname.lastname@example.org