6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Somerset Life today click here

Restaurant review: Venga, Portishead

PUBLISHED: 10:55 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:55 06 June 2017

The restaurant has a modern Spanish vibe

The restaurant has a modern Spanish vibe

sub

Charlotte Skidmore tucks into some tasty tapas in Portishead

I’ve discovered some small plates with some great taste in North Somerset.

I can’t believe I’ve never come across Venga before; it’s a great restaurant with a fantastic vibe and an eclectic mix of customers and the food that is cooked fresh to order is right up my street.

Try the delicious meat platter with some crispy patatas con aioli and tender sirloin steak with salsa verde or goats cheese with salsa verde and red peppers (the first time in my life I have enjoyed goats cheese).

The prawns were also really tasty, but were more the size of shrimps with the shell off, so it would be great for them to be a little larger next time (I know, I know, you can’t have it all!). Their flavour was really spectacular though - plenty of garlic coming through - yum!

The wine selection is also very impressive and the staff really take the time to see what the customer likes, going through some tastings to find the perfect accompaniment.

Venga was packed the day we went, but that didn’t make it uncomfortable, it just made for an electric atmosphere and a great time. All topped off with the best churros I’ve ever had at the end - not greasy at all and dipped in warm chocolate sauce.

We didn’t have far to stumble afterwards either as we were staying at The Venga Loft above the restaurant; a real home from home with a coastal theme. Every need is catered for and with added extras like fresh cakes, milk and juice waiting for us, the hospitality was brilliant.

For breakfast there is fresh fruit, cereals and yoghurts waiting on your arrival, along with Nespresso coffee and teabags.

The flat is really immaculate with all the mod cons: two bedrooms, towels, toiletries and even a good DVD selection. We really enjoyed a chilled out afternoon, followed by a great meal and a sleep in a very comfortable bed afterwards.

We are already planning our next trip to Venga and I’d also like to visit in warmer weather to enjoy the outside garden.

Venga is quite misleading from the outside, not that there’s anything wrong with the outside, there’s just so much more there than you would imagine.

My compliments to the chef and the staff. Keep up the good work!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Somerset Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Somerset Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Somerset Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Mon, 16:50

From boutique eateries to Britain’s biggest restaurant, in the city you’ll also find a full line-up of foodie festivals, street food markets, Michelin-starred restaurants, pool-side dining and a trendy cluster of restaurants next to the Harbourside

Read more
Mon, 16:48

The sun is finally shining, and its time to enjoy dinner and drinks al fresco at one of Somerset’s charming pubs. With a little help from our readers, we pick 15 great pubs with beer gardens in the county

Read more
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Succulent mussels, freshly caught fish, crispy fried whitebait and decadent lobster…is your mouth watering yet? We pick 12 charming spots in Somerset serving up menus of delectable seafood

Read more
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White chose Somerset as the place in which to relaunch his first cookbook, so while he was around we asked him to share a recipe with our readers

Read more
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Somerset is home to some of the country’s most breathtaking coastlines, and the landscape is a simply stunning place to enjoy a ramble. We pick seven stretches of coastline ideal for a walk (and the charming cafes to stop off at on the way)

Read more
Monday, April 30, 2018

Boasting a diverse landscape of beautiful coastline, iconic landmarks and rolling countryside, there are plenty of gorgeous views to soak up while in Somerset. We pick 10 charming pubs where you can gaze out upon the county’s beauty

Read more
Friday, April 27, 2018

Duende is what happens when a local food hero gets his hands on great local produce. Chef Tim Zekki creates food that’s big on flavour, casual in style, and fine in provenance. The vibe is modern and unpretentious, in a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Wiveliscombe.

Read more
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

From lovely courtyards to riverside terraces, Bath’s bevy of glorious pubs are perfect for drinks and dinner alfresco in the warmer months. We pick 11 charming beer gardens to soak up the sunshine when you visit the city

Read more
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Two courses for £17.50, three courses for £22.00 during April and May.

Read more
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gather family and friends, a selection of tasty treats, a gingham blanket and a bottle of something refreshing and head off to some of Somerset’s top picnicking spots. We pick 10 picture-perfect spots to enjoy a good old fashioned picnic!

Read more
Monday, April 9, 2018

Freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream all washed down with a cuppa – a cream tea is a wonderful way to indulge. After a spot of garden shopping, why not visit these garden centre cafes and restaurants to enjoy the quintessential British treat

Read more
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Catherine Courtenay meets a chef whose passion for her craft is there for all to see

Read more
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Somerset is home to some of the best cream teas and afternoon teas in the country so indulge in a tier of sandwiches, scones and cakes at one of these charming spots to enjoy the quintessential English treat. In no particular order, we pick 14 of our favourites in the county

Read more
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Award-winning chef Olivier Certain, formerly of Clavelshay Barn, shares his favourite Easter recipes with us

Read more
 
A+ South & South West
 
Great British Holidays advert link
 
Pure Weddings advert link
 
South West Life advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
subscription ad


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search