Levanter have done just that and it's just round the corner from their original bar. Joe and Fiona asked us up yesterday to take some photos pre-opening. The only problem was that it wasn't ready. Of course these things always over run. When we arrived it looked like a manic building site with tilers still finishing the job. We were amazed to see it take shape within the hour ready for friends and family arriving that evening. My carefully organised shoot didn't quite work out as planned but I managed to get a few photos documenting the night. It gives us the excuse to go back to take some more.
Illuminated Alhambra beer pumps. It really does feel authentically Spanish without being clichéd.
They've done a great job of balancing the type of food you actually get in the Basque country and what people eat in the north. As much as I'd like to see them, realistically few in Ramsbottom will order the likes of Kokotxas (hake throats). The Jamon & Txistorra sausage rolls (£2) are a touch of genius. Some of the quality products they're using (such as the Spider Crab I'd imagine) are from Grey's Fine Foods who also supply chef Michael O'Hare.
Sat in the window seat with the buzz of a bar in full flow with folk of all ages, I realised that they've actually done it, they've really created a proper pintxos bar in a Northern Town.