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Llerena: Jamón & Salud Iberico Tapas Bar, Angel

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Llerena: Jamón & Salud Iberico Tapas Bar, Angel

Just along from Islington Assembly Hall lies this unassuming tapas bar, a bright and breezy collection of Spain’s most classic food and drink. From Ibérico acorn-fed pork to piquillo pepper-filled black pudding, plenty of the dishes are paired with Extremadura wines.

Portions are large and beers are Spanish; among a plethora of tapas bars in Angel, Llerena stands out for good value and smiling service.

We started off with Pan Con Tomate (£2.75); perfect at any time of day, the crusty bread doused in garlicy fresh tomato is a precursor to the weekend brunch menu. The Extremadura Full Breakfast takes in grilled-cooked pancetta, fried potatoes, chorizo, Padron peppers, cherry tomatoes and more toasts, topped with Iberian ham or ‘Artesano’ cheeses (£9.75).

Next, you might share a Spanish omelette or oxtail croquettes, followed by star dish Berenjenas Con Miel Des Cana (crunchy aubergine slices fried in moreish sugar cane honey, £5.75). Save room for the well-priced Bacalao Dorado, a perfect mess of shoestring fries, salt cod and egg hash, topped with piquillo peppers (£7).

Classic options include patatas bravas, octopus and baked potatoes and Iberia blood sausage stew. Be sure to try something from the Premium Grill Cuts section – we can recommend the Sollomillo Iberico, succulent pieces of pork tenderloin, gloriously marbled and tender (half portion £10.50).

ANYTHING ELSE? It’d be rude not to finish with some churros con chocolate or a little vino dulce (with a Cream Bertola at £5, who could say no?).

WEBSITE: Llerena.co.uk

DETAILS: 167 Upper Street, London, N1 1US

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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