Food and drink are a super-important part of Spanish culture which has a varied history. Many Spanish recipes came from humble beginnings whipped up by farmers and peasants resourcefully using ingredients grown or farmed on their land. Later, throughout the centuries, the Romans and Greeks also helped to influence Spanish cuisine.
The Spanish are least bothered by breakfast. But lunch? This is a biggie, often with several courses, wine and coffee and can take up a leisurely two hours. Cue a little siesta before back to work and a late finish. Post-work that’s where tapas comes in.
What could be better than bite-sized morsels served with drinks? Eaten hot or cold these moreish nibbles are central to Spain’s sociable culture. Historically a pre-diner snack, ordering lots of small dishes to share around not only helps the conversation flow, but they’re pretty good for keeping hunger at bay ahead of a late dinner, as is traditional in Spain. It’s also a popular pre-lunch snack at weekends when going out for cañas (a small glass of beer) . Lunch is then postponed until late in the afternoon or simply replaced with more tapas if you get carried away!
In 2018 we launched our ibérico steak - the first award-winning free range, fresh ibérico in UK supermarkets. Whilst popular in Spain it is much less well known in the UK, despite being a delicious alternative to beef steak. It has quickly taken off proving that there are plenty of adventurous food-lovers out there ready to make a discovery.
Our ibérico steaks come from an ancient breed of pigs that roam free in the dehesas. This is a sparsely wooded pasturelands of quercus trees that can only be found in the south-west of Spain. Ibérico pigs are able to store large amounts of fat which makes the meat especially succulent and tender. The constant exercise and natural source of feed also mean that the meat is delicious! We work very closely with our farmers to ensure the highest welfare standards are achieved. And we’re proud this is the only Spanish farm to obtain a prestigious UK award for good farm animal welfare.