La Casita brings a taste of Spain to Horsforth

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A new name on the dining scene in Horforth and it comes with some serious credentials.

La Casita opened on Thursday with a champagne reception for around 60 guests.

It’s a big step for the Ilkley-based outfit, which also has a branch in Boston Spa and it brings something entirely new to the area in the form of some seriously good tapas. We can vouch for that too, as La Casita won the YEP’s Best European restaurant at our annual Oliver Awards earlier this year.

Head chef Simon Miller was a protege of Marco Pierre White.

La Casita is owned by Simon Miller, Oliver Renton and Ben Riley, who are all local to Leeds. They welcomed guests with a selection tapas including pigs cheek with celeriac and truffle puree, and seared tuna with ginger and soy, plus a selection of drinks including cava blood orange mai tai, mini strawberry gin and tonics, and berry sling mocktails.

The Town Street premises which has been sympathetically renovated, includes furniture and memorabilia imported from Spain. All the charcuterie served and the majority of the wines and cavas come direct from Spain, including Kripta Cava, Spain’s most prestigious Cava, and Iberico pig cheeks from the black pigs in Extremadura.

Simon said: “The launch was a great success and the feedback we’ve had already has been so positive. It was fantastic to be able to show people this venue which we’ve worked so hard on. The bar is something we’re very proud of as drink is such a massive part of Spanish culture, from sangria to gin to Rueda white wine, the list is endless, and our bar range is carefully selected.”

Simon and his team will offer a range of traditional and star tapas dishes from roast sea scallops to octopus and chorizo stew, Iberico pork cheek to Manchego Spanish sheep’s milk cheese, and chorizo popcorn. Spanish craft beers, cavas, sherries and sangria have all been carefully chosen to pair perfectly with each dish.

La Casita Horsforth will be open for drinks and tapas seven days a week, both at lunch time and in the evenings. In addition, its courtyard and inside dining areas will all available to hire for private functions.

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