Tinto Lounge

20 01 2010

The Lounges are a Bristol success story. The first Lounge opened on North Street in Bedminster in 2002, and since then, four more have opened across Bristol: Tinto in Bishopston, Deco in Cotham, Banco in Totterdown and Porto in Fishponds.

They are now spread across the South West and further afield, in Cardiff, Bath, Reading, Plymouth and Southampton, with another due to open this very day in Birmingham.

Each one has its own feel, but you can also still tell that you’re in a Lounge. The decor is shabby chic with black and white photographs on the walls and reclaimed tables and chairs, which are often old church pews.

I have always encountered a cool atmosphere and an eclectic mix of people at the Lounges. Students on their laptops, young professionals playing Scrabble and old friends catching up on gossip all sit snugly together.

During lunchtimes at the Tinto Lounge on the Gloucester Road, Bishopston’s yummy mummies come out to play, with the floor space dominated by pushchairs. I once had lunch there when it was difficult to hear among the crying babies, but on a visit last week the little ones were better behaved, although a Lego brick did almost land in my patatas bravas.

When eating, I normally choose from their tapas menu. Alongside my Lego-flavoured patatas bravas at last week’s visit, I ate chorizo, which were meaty, full of flavour and served in a sweet red wine sauce.

Tinto is the Spanish word for red wine, and it is what the Tinto Lounge was named after due to its red colour scheme. The wine selection is very good, and beers on tap are joined by bottles from Bath Ales and the Bristol Beer Factory, always a sign of good quality.

Tinto Lounge, 346 Gloucester Road, Bishopston. 0117 942 0526.


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