Tapas Tapas

Tapas Tapas is a local, independent business that was borne of our love for Spanish food & culture.

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Big Changes in Our City Centre Venue

Rookwood Now Open

Small Plates | Steaks | Burgers | Cocktails | Craft Beers

Our "Tapas Tapas" venue in Liverpool city centre, has now been completely refurbished to an incredibly high standard, and is now open as "Rookwood Bar & 'Cue." After 6 years of trading as Tapas Tapas, we felt that it was time to give the decor in the venue an overhaul. So we are very proud and excited to present Rookwood Bar & 'Cue to you all.


The menu still has a selection of "small plates" available, which can be eaten like tapas if you wish and don't want barbecued steak, burgers or fish, which are our mains now. Specifically, on our menu we still offer the aubergine & courgette fritters with honey, the Manchego & Serrano ham, chorizo skewers, King Prawns, ribs, squid as well as a Mushroom dish. We are still under the same ownership with all of the staff retained, so the service is still to the same high standards. A lot of our best sellers are still there, although we also have a fantastic imported Grillworks Barbecue from Michigan, USA, to grill our meats & fish to perfection for you. 


 Tapas Tapas is still going strong in South Road, Waterloo, and we are really looking forward to our big 10th birthday celebrations next year. Since we refurbished there last year, we have been busier than ever. We still very much love our Spanish tapas, and hope that you will pay us a visit there, should you miss the menu from our old Liverpool site.


So, how did Rookwood come about? Late last year, two things happened to create this great new concept. The first was that I tried some free range, grass fed, rare breed steaks and decided that they were up there with the best I'd ever tried in my life... and it was local, from Edge & Son butchers in the Wirral! Then, on my travels, I sampled some meats from an American Grillworks BBQ. I knew that we simply had to offer this combination to our customers in Liverpool. The grill was featured in the New York Times as the best live-fire grill available, giving a smokey BBQ flavour to food. The grill locks in flavour, using V-Channels to capture juices for re-basting the meat. There is only one other such grill in the UK, which is in "The Chiltern Fireworks" in Mayfair, London, which is a real celebrity haunt.


The meat offering is of great quality, so much so that the butcher has won BBC Retailer of the Year 2014. All of our meat is dry-aged for at least 30 days, which enhances flavours and brings out the best in the beef. I am sure that the combination of exceptional local meat, served with the American accent of our grill, will prove very popular. All of the team are really looking forward to this new challenge.


Our extensive refurbishments also include the installation of two new bars in the venue, both of which are open until 3am on weekends & 2am during the week. The downstairs bar in the Back Colquitt St side also offers informal bar food (no bookings necessary), such as burgers, ribs and new great value cuts of steak such as the Flatiron, as well as craft beer pairings. We will be stocking some outstanding beers, including local craft beers from Liverpool Craft & Mad Hatter, as well as American ales, beers from Belgium and Germany. Our staff have been training hard to give you advice on the best combinations, and they go really well with all of our meats. We will also soon be opening the basement “dive bar”, where we don't serve food, but have an amazing cocktail offer and an enormous range of great quality spirits. Both of these bars are a great place to just enjoy a quality drink, even if you don't fancy eating.

Old Fashioned

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The restaurant area will now be on the top floor of the venue, and has a great chill-out bar. This bar will stay open until late on weekends after the restaurant closes, and we will offer booths & table service for drinks. It is an ideal spot to try our experimental cocktails! They include a “Molecular” Bloody Mary as well as a Smoked Coffee Old Fashioned, made by infusing smoke from whisky-soaked oak chips with bourbon and coffee, served smoking in a coffee percolator.

If you have any questions, we'd be delighted to answer them, just email 

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Artisan Tapas & Wine Evening, 24th April

Following on from the success of our first Tapas & Wine Pairing Evening in January, we will be hosting our second event, which will take place on Thursday 24th April in Waterloo from 6:30pm.

This event will give you the opportunity to meet one of our wine producers, with Neil Collins of Eurowines coming along to discuss the origins of his company's vineyards, and can talk you through how the different wines, how they are produced and the region where they come from.

Tickets are £29.95 per person, and will feature four exceptional wines to try each, from different regions across the world, which are paired with four courses of fabulous tapas dishes, including the following:

- Tapas Deli Board, including cured Spanish Iberico meats, olives & artisan breads

- Smoked Haddock & Crab Fishcakes, mixed leaves & mango salsa

- 1844 Mini-cumberland sausages, glazed in honey on a wholegrain mustard mash with caramelised onions

- Flatiron Steak from local, free range, rare breed cattle

- Cheeseboard

Tickets are already selling like hot cakes, so please call the restaurant on 0151 949 1151 to make your reservation ASAP!

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Valentine's Day 2014

Hola amigos,

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and one of the best ways to celebrate with your special someone is to enjoy a delicious meal at a romantic restaurant. We all know how important it is to pick the right place! So, to help your date go off perfectly, we have put together what we feel is an outstanding food menu, with the addition of a Champagne reception as well as our usual great vibes to create the perfect date! We will be offering the same menu in both our Liverpool city centre restaurant as well as our South Road (Waterloo) branch. We also have the added benefit of having Bar Bodega at your disposal for some romantic post-dinner cockails by candlelight, without having to walk your date through the cold in search of a good cocktail bar!

We request a deposit of £5 per person when you make your reservation. Please be quick as both restaurants are already filling up quickly!

You can download our menu on the link below:


Hasta luego,

Michael & the Team

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Spanish Artisan Food Evening

Spanish-born Javier De La Hormaza (pictured right) is currently our main supplier for our Spanish delicacy products, such as acorn-fed Ibérico ham, Reserva Serrano ham, chorizo as well as some of the best wines from our list and some modern Spanish Sherries to finish. Details of the menu & wines are here:


So when we were planning our first ham carving & wine pairing evening, it made sense to get Javier involved with the event. It will be held in Tapas Tapas (Waterloo) on Thursday 30th January, arriving at 6:30pm for a 7pm start. The cost is £25 per person.

You will get to sample the very best in Spanish cured meats (which we will show you how to carve from the bone), cheeses as well as a selection of gourmet tapas. All food will be paired with Spanish wines & liqueurs, and we will talk about the provenance of the food and drinks, and explain about how they are produced.

As we have spent so much time sourcing the best Spanish suppliers for our all important cured meat, cheese & wine lists, it will be great to get the opportunity to show it off to you! Together with Javier, we deal directly with small, artisan Spanish producers, and agree with his philosophy of no middlemen, knowing all of the producers and having visited them.

So this is your chance to try the products in the same way that we do! As Javier explains, it would be a great event to sample the very best produce that Spain has to offer. “I’ve had a crazy diet over the last 12 months, tasting and testing each product, but from some 500 wines we’ve selected just 50, and from 6-8 ham producers, we’ve selected one. It’s not a case of ‘this will do’, we believe in each and every product.”

Places are very limited, so if you’re interested in attending, please respond to this email as soon as possible! We will be releasing information on price & a finalised menu in time for our next email newsletter.

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Cured Iberico ham, stand & knife set; an ideal gift

Are you looking for an unusual yet quality present for someone who loves Spanish food? You can now buy one of our real acorn-fed cured legs of Spanish Iberico Ham, a stylish stand & knife in a black case and instructions for slicing it. The product costs £195, which we will courier to you, or it can be picked up from either of our restaurants, or it can be sent via courier to you.


It is exceptional value for money for a product that has won a 3* Taste Award in 2013, and equivalent Iberico hams are often sold, without the stand & knife, for almost £300 by deli's & Spanish food outlets. The ham is an ambient product so there is no need for refrigeration and it is the perfect party food or as a table feature for the family during Christmas. As it comes in a case it is also ideal for storage.


 Alternatively, you can try our Reserve Serrano Ham hamper. This ham also includes the stand & knife, for £149.

b2ap3_thumbnail_SerranoHam.jpgIbérico ham can only come from black pigs of the Iberian breed whose unique origin can be traced back to ancient times. This legendary and select race has many qualities, including a great capacity to accumulate fat under its skin and between the muscular fibres. The fat is what produces the typical white streaks that make its hams so special.

The main feature that distinguishes Ibérico from the rest of cured hams is the purity of the breed, allowed to freely move around the extensive wooded pastures called ‘Dehesas’. At least a hectare of healthy dehesa is needed to raise a single pig. All pigs are fed on a diet of grass and the best acorns from Holm and Cork Oak meadows to provide its distinctive aroma and exquisite taste. Hams are generally classified by the amount of acorns eaten before slaughter.

The official classification allowed is distinguished mainly between ‘Ibérico de Bellota’ which are pigs purely fed on acorns or ‘Ibérico de Cebo’ which are pigs fed on a minor proportion of acorns and a combination of compound feeds approved by the corresponding Denomination of Origin. Our Iberico hams are all 'Bellota', and we only source hams of Iberian breed from artisan ham and charcuterie specialist Montanegra.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2015-07-06-at-17.05.38.pngThanks to the knowledge gained during more than 70 years and several generations dedicated to this activity, Montanegra produces Ibérico products that are considered to be amongst the best nowadays in Spain. It is a family business located in the D.O. ‘Dehesa de Extremadura’ in the Southwest of Spain. Its geographical location is in one of the best areas of oak trees in the region, making the maximum use of the pasture for the breeding of Black Iberian Pigs.

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Ham Hamper Offer

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Special Offers

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Bar Bodega

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Olives stuffed with Guindillas

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Tapas Tapas Waterloo
23 South Road
L22 5PE
T: (0151) 949 1051

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