Restaurant review - South 16, Buxton

PUBLISHED: 00:00 09 March 2018

Tapas at South 16, Buxton

Tapas at South 16, Buxton

Archant

Our reviewer discovers an authentic taste of tapas in Buxton.

South 16, BuxtonSouth 16, Buxton

Buxton might seem an unlikely place to find authentic Spanish tapas, but at South 16 on Market Street diners can discover classic dishes from around the world with a vibrant atmosphere to match.

Boasting a cosy and welcoming ambience reminiscent of a traditional tapas bar, South 16 is run by Nuno Ferreira and Karen Woods. Since taking on the lease last August, the couple has brought a unique charm to the place: Portuguese Nuno is a former photojournalist, gig photographer and wine adviser at Waitrose; Karen is a talented local artist, whose work adorns the restaurant’s walls and windows, which were painted with a beautiful snow scene on the frosty evening of our visit.

Inside, the venue lends itself perfectly to socialising and relaxing. There’s a bar area with cosy sofas, artwork, bookcases and a log burner and a rustic restaurant with a wooden floor and tables and soft lighting. An informal yet knowledgeable style of service enhances the convivial atmosphere and there’s a great selection of real ales and craft lagers – we can recommend the Revisionist.

Head chef Leighton Curtis spent time honing his skills in Spain and Nuno formerly lived in Mexico, so when the restaurant underwent a menu overhaul in February it seemed apt that the brand new tapas-style offering should showcase dishes from countries like Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Cuba. There are starters such as aioli and vegetable sticks, pan de ajo con queso (cheesy garlic bread) and pico del gallo (Mexican salsa), and there are over 24 main course ‘plates’ priced from £4.75 to £6.95, or £24.95 for the sharing platter. Under each dish is a description of its ingredients and history – a thoughtful touch which revealed some interesting facts.

South 16, BuxtonSouth 16, Buxton

Our choices ranged from well-known, but no less delicious, items such as patatas bravas (potato cubes in a spicy tomato sauce), freshly-made nachos and battered salt and pepper squid rings, to the more exotic cochinita pibil of slow-roasted pork marinated in Seville oranges, garlic and spices. Small in size but full of flavour, each course was served in a traditional terracotta dish on a turning platter – a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.

Our succulent and meaty paella had that delicious charcoal-like aroma whilst the chimichangas (soft tortillas filled with chicken, fried and topped with a piquant tomato sauce and cheese) were rich and satisfying, just the sort of comfort food a cold night demanded.

A tasty, spicy, homemade sweet chilli sauce accompanied the pan-fried, battered red mullet and prawns, but our favourite dish of the night was the Mexican mole poblano, tender pork in a chilli and chocolate sauce that was nothing short of spectacular.

With just enough room for dessert, we finished with traditional crema Catalana topped with a crispy caramel layer, and a delicious tres leches (three milk) cake. The light sponge, which had been soaked in evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream, was so mouth-watering that we long to recreate the recipe at home.

Throughout our meal we couldn’t help but notice the variety of customers South 16 attracts: local artists, groups of friends and holidaymakers were amongst our fellow diners.

Whatever the weather, inside this cosy and convivial restaurant you could easily be in sunnier climes. Dishes are authentic, the atmosphere is relaxed and it’s easy to see why it has delighted all the visitors who have stumbled upon its charms.

South 16, 9 Market St, Buxton SK17 6JY. Tel: 01298 25397

www.facebook.com/SOUTH16BUXTON

More from Out & About

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust works across six Living Landscapes with 46 nature reserves to ensure there is wildlife and wild places for everyone. Reserve officer Sam Willis tells us about one of his favourite places – Ladybower Wood Nature Reserve

Read more

A multi-million pound makeover attracts more leading brands to one of the UK’s biggest shopping destinations

Read more

The first ever National GetOutside Day takes place on Sunday 30 September with the aim of getting 1 million people active outdoors across the UK.

Read more

Derby’s QUAD arts centre has become an important part of the city’s identity over the last decade and it celebrates its impact on the cultural landscape at its 10th anniversary this September

Read more
Derby

Interesting architecture, characterful places to shop, drink and dine and a hub of arts, heritage and history are some of the reasons to plan a visit to the town.

Read more

Peter Seddon celebrates the county’s red telephone kiosks

Read more

Ad Feature: Students at Trent College celebrate another year of success

Friday, September 14, 2018

The overall pass rate for A-Levels this year was 99%

Read more

As the starting point of numerous routes, scenic Edale is one of the country’s iconic base camps for hill walkers

Read more

6 great walks near Glossop

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The market town of Glossop is both the perfect gateway to explore the Peak District or the underrated walking routes that lie east of Manchester.

Read more
Glossop

His love of one of Derbyshire’s most distinctive landscape features has led Roland Keates on an investigative journey…

Read more

Inspired by a visit to Hardwick Hall, Mike Smith lingers in the area to find other treasures to explore

Read more
Hardwick

Hard work paid off for Georgie Rockingham and her horse ‘September Song’ at this year’s Chatsworth Horse Trials, as Ellie Fells discovers.

Read more

Young mammals in search of new territory, burying beetles and subtly-marked moths are just a few of the creatures to look out for this month

Read more

An update on the work being undertaken at Derby Station

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Topics of Interest


Local Business Directory


Property Search