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The story so far

Barrafina is a modern Spanish tapas bar owned and operated by restaurateurs Sam & Eddie Hart. There are two Barrafinas in London. The original site on Soho’s Frith Street was opened in 2007, following the success of their first restaurant, Fino in Fitzrovia. The brothers had returned to London in 2002 following time spent in Spain and wanted to recreate one of their favourite restaurants, Cal Pep in Barcelona, for London. However, Fino was a much bigger restaurant and it wasn’t until a few years later that they found the perfect space for an L shaped bar and twenty-three stools. A few years later they began searching for a second site for Barrafina and found a perfect site on Adelaide Street in Covent Garden which opened in July 2014. In addition to the unreserved eating bar with twenty-nine stools, there is a private event space for up to sixty guests that can be reserved.

Please note Barrafina does not take reservations and operates an egalitarian queuing system.

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Great ingredients cooked simply

Barrafina’s menu is made up of contemporary and traditional tapas from all the regions of Spain. Some of the more traditional dishes have been brought up to date by Executive Head Chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho, while some of the more simple dishes remain true to their origins. Barrafina’s philosophy has always been to take the best raw ingredients and prepare them with minimal fuss. Nieves sources the finest produce available from Spain and the British Isles and her celebrated specials board, which changes twice a day, is written around the seasons.

 

Click here to see Barrafina Frith Street’s A La Carte Menu or today’s specials.
Click here to see Barrafina Adelaide Street’s A La Carte Menu or today’s specials.

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Wines, sherries and cervezas

Barrafina’s wine list is concise, listing something for all tastes, with a strong emphasis on sherry. There are also a number of wines, available by the glass, poured from magnums that have been specially bottled for Barrafina. These magnums are not only fabulous to look at, but in some cases the quality of the wine is improved. There is also a selection of Spanish cervezas and spirits available.

 

Click here for Barrafina Frith Street’s drinks menu.
Click here for Barrafina Adelaide Street’s drinks menu.

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Private Dining & Events

At Barrafina Adelaide Street there is a lower ground floor space that can be used for private dining and events for up to 60 guests. This is the first time Barrafina has been able to accommodate large groups and the menus have been designed to reflect the feasting style of family dining in Spain, with regional specialities and favourite dishes from Barrafina’s repertoire. A fantastic wine list accompanies, and Barrafina’s specially bottled magnums of Spanish wines will be available. There will also be an open kitchen so guests do not miss out on the drama and atmosphere of the cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on private dining and events and to see images of the space click here.

To make an enquiry click here or contact the events team on 020 7440 1456.

 

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Sharing our secrets

In 2011 Sam & Eddie Hart and Nieves Barragán Mohacho published the book Barrafina A Spanish Cookbook. In this cookbook they share their secrets and recipes, showing that this is not difficult, fancy restaurant food, but gutsy, fresh, sometimes delicate, sometimes hearty food, that a home cook will be able to prepare easily. With over 120 recipes, Nieves, Sam and Eddie will whisk you through step-by-step instructions, showing you everything, from how to make the more difficult things, such as arrocina beans with chorizo, morcilla and pork belly, to how to cook a simple but perfect tortilla.

 

Barrafina A Spanish Cookbook includes stunning photography by Emma Lee. Emma is a food and interiors photographer who has worked with a wide range of clients, from Liberty and Fortnum & Mason to Wholefoods Market and Green & Black’s. Emma has kindly allowed us to use some of her Barrafina photography as the back drop for this website. For more information about Emma click here.

 

All backdrop images used on the website are by Emma Lee ©Barrafina A Spanish Cookbook by Sam & Eddie Hart and Nieves Barragán Mohacho, published by Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin Books in 2011.

 

Barrafina A Spanish Cookbook can be purchased here. RRP £25

 

‘Possibly the best Spanish cookbook ever’ – Rachel Cooke, Observer Food Monthly

‘Barrafina! A joy! Nieves’s food and Sam and Eddie’s charm: now with this splendid book you can do it at home’ – Fergus Henderson

‘Barrafina is a tapas bar and the best of its kind . . . the food is fantastic’ – Giles Coren, The Times

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Aurelija Sovaite, Restaurant Manager Adelaide Street

Aurelija has been a part of the Barrafina team since January 2013. She moved from Lithuania to the UK in 2009 to study History & Politics at the University of Nottingham. While there she worked at Hart’s, the restaurant owned by Sam & Eddie’s parents and renowned restaurateurs Tim & Stefa Hart. So, when she moved to London she was pleased to continue working within the family group. Aurelija really enjoys working at Barrafina, she particularly admires the dedication to providing excellent quality of food  and service and she thoroughly enjoys the extremely lively and exciting atmosphere.

Noemi Sanchez-Milan, Restaurant Manager Frith Street

Noemi is from Malaga, Spain. She came to London to practice her English and found herself working at sister restaurant Fino in Fitzrovia. In 2011 Noemi moved to Barrafina where she has been ever since and although she works with lots of Spanish-speaking colleagues, she does find time to practice her English over the bar. Prior to London, Noemi was working with a children’s charity in Peru and Bolivia. Her love of food and wine eventually led her to Fino & Barrafina and she particularly enjoys sharing the authentic Spanish way of life with the customers. Noemi likes working at Barrafina because it is always busy, lively, vibrant and ultimately chaotic. Noemi lives in Soho and enjoys exploring all the new restaurants that open up, she also enjoys swimming, cycling and every now and then, a bit of salsa dancing.

Careers at Barrafina

At Barrafina there is a unique dynamic between chef, waiter and customer. Nieves and Jose are happy to hear from enthusiastic candidates who have drive and passion and want to work in an energetic and intense restaurant environment. In return they offer competitive salaries, career development and training. For waiter positions please email your CV and covering letter to jose@barrafina.co.uk and for kitchen positions please email nieves@barrafina.co.uk.

Sam & Eddie Hart, Founders

Sam & Eddie Hart were born into the hospitality business. Their father, Tim Hart and Mallorcan born mother, Stefa Hart own and operate the renowned Michelin starred Hambleton Hall in Rutland. Before opening their first restaurant, Fino, Eddie spent time living and working in Madrid and travelling around Spain. During this time his brother Sam was living in Mexico City running his own successful nightclub. On Sam’s way back to London he met up with Eddie in Spain and it was not long before they both arrived back in London in search of a site to create something inspired by Cal Pep in Barcelona. They ended up with a much larger site that would become Fino. However, a few years later, in 2007 they would open Barrafina on Soho’s Frith Street, the perfect size for their concept. Now, after a long search they have finally opened their second Barrafina (in July 2014) in Covent Garden’s Adelaide Street.

Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Executive Head Chef

Nieves Barragán Mohacho is Executive Head Chef of Barrafina and its larger sister restaurant Fino, located just off Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia. Raised in the Basque country and having worked her way across Spain before coming to London, Nieves joined Sam and Eddie in 2003. Between shifts in both kitchens, Nieves makes regular trips to Spain to meet the producers she has worked closely with over the last eleven years. She also takes part in food festivals around Britain, putting together Barrafina and Fino menus for people to try authentic Spanish tapas. In July 2014 Nieves also took on the new kitchen at Barrafina Adelaide Street.

Jose Etura, General Manager

Jose Etura is the General Manager of Barrafina Frith Street and Barrafina Adelaide Street too. Jose came to London in 2007 at the age of 26 with the intention of learning English. He soon met Eddie Hart and has worked for the brothers at Barrafina ever since. Jose is originally from Valladolid and has an exceptional knowledge of regional Spanish dishes. He particularly enjoys working at Barrafina because of the customer interaction and the way the front of house teams merges with the kitchen teams at both sites.

Aurelija Sovaite, Restaurant Manager Adelaide Street

Aurelija has been a part of the Barrafina team since January 2013. She moved from Lithuania to the UK in 2009 to study History & Politics at the University of Nottingham. While there she worked at Hart’s, the restaurant owned by Sam & Eddie’s parents and renowned restaurateurs Tim & Stefa Hart. So, when she moved to London she was pleased to continue working within the family group. Aurelija really enjoys working at Barrafina, she particularly admires the dedication to providing excellent quality of food  and service and she thoroughly enjoys the extremely lively and exciting atmosphere.

Noemi Sanchez-Milan, Restaurant Manager Frith Street

Noemi is from Malaga, Spain. She came to London to practice her English and found herself working at sister restaurant Fino in Fitzrovia. In 2011 Noemi moved to Barrafina where she has been ever since and although she works with lots of Spanish-speaking colleagues, she does find time to practice her English over the bar. Prior to London, Noemi was working with a children’s charity in Peru and Bolivia. Her love of food and wine eventually led her to Fino & Barrafina and she particularly enjoys sharing the authentic Spanish way of life with the customers. Noemi likes working at Barrafina because it is always busy, lively, vibrant and ultimately chaotic. Noemi lives in Soho and enjoys exploring all the new restaurants that open up, she also enjoys swimming, cycling and every now and then, a bit of salsa dancing.

Careers at Barrafina

At Barrafina there is a unique dynamic between chef, waiter and customer. Nieves and Jose are happy to hear from enthusiastic candidates who have drive and passion and want to work in an energetic and intense restaurant environment. In return they offer competitive salaries, career development and training. For waiter positions please email your CV and covering letter to jose@barrafina.co.uk and for kitchen positions please email nieves@barrafina.co.uk.

Sam & Eddie Hart, Founders

Sam & Eddie Hart were born into the hospitality business. Their father, Tim Hart and Mallorcan born mother, Stefa Hart own and operate the renowned Michelin starred Hambleton Hall in Rutland. Before opening their first restaurant, Fino, Eddie spent time living and working in Madrid and travelling around Spain. During this time his brother Sam was living in Mexico City running his own successful nightclub. On Sam’s way back to London he met up with Eddie in Spain and it was not long before they both arrived back in London in search of a site to create something inspired by Cal Pep in Barcelona. They ended up with a much larger site that would become Fino. However, a few years later, in 2007 they would open Barrafina on Soho’s Frith Street, the perfect size for their concept. Now, after a long search they have finally opened their second Barrafina (in July 2014) in Covent Garden’s Adelaide Street.

Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Executive Head Chef

Nieves Barragán Mohacho is Executive Head Chef of Barrafina and its larger sister restaurant Fino, located just off Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia. Raised in the Basque country and having worked her way across Spain before coming to London, Nieves joined Sam and Eddie in 2003. Between shifts in both kitchens, Nieves makes regular trips to Spain to meet the producers she has worked closely with over the last eleven years. She also takes part in food festivals around Britain, putting together Barrafina and Fino menus for people to try authentic Spanish tapas. In July 2014 Nieves also took on the new kitchen at Barrafina Adelaide Street.

Jose Etura, General Manager

Jose Etura is the General Manager of Barrafina Frith Street and Barrafina Adelaide Street too. Jose came to London in 2007 at the age of 26 with the intention of learning English. He soon met Eddie Hart and has worked for the brothers at Barrafina ever since. Jose is originally from Valladolid and has an exceptional knowledge of regional Spanish dishes. He particularly enjoys working at Barrafina because of the customer interaction and the way the front of house teams merges with the kitchen teams at both sites.

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Barrafina - Soho

54 Frith Street
London W1D 4SL

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Monday – Saturday Lunch 12–3pm Dinner 5–11pm

Sunday Lunch 1–3.30pm Dinner 5.30–10pm

Christmas Closing – 24th, 25th, 26th and 1st

Barrafina – Covent Garden

10 Adelaide Street
London WC2N 4HZ

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Monday-Saturday Lunch 12–3pm Dinner 5–11pm

Christmas Closing – 24th, 25th, 26th and 1st

Please note Barrafina does not take reservations.
Barrafina cannot accommodate groups of more than 4. 
However we do take bookings for groups of 8 and above in our private dining space at Adelaide Street.
 
General Enquiries jose@barrafina.co.uk
Press & Marketing Enquiries 020 7440 1450  zoe.haldane@hartsgroup.co.uk
Private Dining & Events Enquiries 020 7440 1456  events@barrafina.co.uk 
For registered company information please click here