The first ‘Porta’ (meaning door) was opened in Chester in 2012 by restaurateur brothers Ben and Joe Wright, right beside their eponymous restaurant Joseph Benjamin. With no bookings or formality, you just turn up and grab a spot from where to enjoy good music, beer, wine and food. The menu, like the relaxed environment, is inspired by the tapas bars found on the back streets of Spanish cities like Barcelona and Madrid: very Iberian, representing many tapas bar classics, and perfected by chef-owner Joe with his team of chefs.
140 Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HT
Tel: 01244 401178
Open: Every day from 5pm
Opposite the bustling Market Hall, Porta Altrincham opened in 2016 and was an instant hit with its busy, buzzing atmosphere. The aim is to keep things simple – there’s no need to book; just pop along and grab a space at one of the bar stools or casual tables. Inspired by the tiniest independent tapas bars of Barcelona and Madrid, Porta is the kind of place to relax in – informal, unpretentious and comfortable, with good music, drinks (including sherry) and food: enthusiastically Iberian, with everything handmade in house.
50 Greenwood Street, Altrincham WA14 1RZ
Tel: 0161 465 6225
Open: Tue-Sat noon-10.30pm, Sun noon-5pm
Following success in Altrincham and Chester with their laid-back and buzzy Spanish-inspired bar-restaurants, Porta opened on Chapel Street at the end of 2018 and has already become a favourite with locals. Just a five-minute walk from Spinningfields, it’s also hitting the radar for anyone looking for authentic, chilled-out tapas in the city. All the Iberian tapas bar classics are here, along with recipes made from scratch in house by chef-owner Joe and his team of chefs, tirelessly perfecting recipes for every sauce and menu item.
216 Chapel Street, Salford M3 6BY
Tel: 0161 459 7854
Open: Every day from noon