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July 3, 2014
[Get ready to jamon it up at Serrano Manchego.][1]
Get ready to jamon it up at Serrano Manchego.

The 5pm Dining blog first started blethering about Serrano Manchego last November. After months of delays, the Spanish-style bar on Edinburgh’s Leith Walk looks set to welcome its first guests today.

Most of the tapas bars in the UK would be fairly unrecognisable as such to a Spanish visitor. Serrano Manchego aims to be rather more authentic.

First up, it is a bar that serves snacks and little bites rather than a tapas restaurant masquerading as a bar.

Churros and hot chocolate

They will be open from 7am on weekdays and 9am at the weekends to serve hot chocolate and churros – the deep-fried doughnut sticks that enliven many a Spanish breakfast.

The rest of the day, visitors can look forward to decent wine straight from the barrel; kick ass coffee and nibbles such as jamon, goat’s cheese with caramelised onions and chorizo cooked in red wine.

Casual Spanish bar

This is how the owners define Serrano Manchego’s offer:

‘We’re a Spanish-style pincho bar serving bite-sized tapas to go with your coffee, wine, cerveza or other beverage of choice. Orders are paid for and served over the bar. A very casual affair with no table service or table reservation. Salud!’

[The jamon has arrived at Manchego Serrano.][5]
The jamon has arrived at Manchego Serrano.