Pix, Westbourne Grove

The scene: Westbourne Grove has never been short of dining options but this Spanish tapas-style restaurant is a welcome addition; if you’re prepared to brave the cold, you can sit outside on the pavement but most will choose to cosy up inside at the spacious tables. It’s warmly lit and glows invitingly on a winter’s evening. It’s relaxed and you can serve yourself the bite-sized fare or order from the menu. Staff are unfailingly chatty and helpful, even if they do sometimes encourage you to drink too much.

The menu: Tapas servings vary from night to night – you help yourself and then pay £2.50 a pop – but the calamari skewers with aioli are exceptionally tasty. From the main menu, the ploughman’s platter is particularly generous and is great for sharing and soaking up the booze. They also do a fantastic paella and a salsa burger that is a pleasant upgrade on the usual patty in a bun.

Bill please: Wine from £16 a bottle and mains from between £12 and £16. Or you can just nibble on the tapas for £2.50 a portion.

Verdict: Fantastic food in a casual, convivial atmosphere. Perfect for a late snack for two or a boozy, all-afternoon banquet with half a dozen mates. Never-ending tapas make it hard to make your exit.

5/5

175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB
020 7727 6500
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