Hidden away next to Letchworth train station is a local secret – La Concha. This cosy tapas restaurant provides a welcome break from the fast pace of daily life. The soft brickwork and travel-inspired decor afford it a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a sumptuous meal without sparing a thought about the hustle and bustle of the adjacent building.
We started our meal with bread and oil. A typically simple layout was enhanced with Spanish smoked paprika and garlic olive oil – a beautiful combination of flavours that set the scene for a fantastic evening. Venison empanadas followed. The flavours of the gamey meat in thin pastry packages and the avocado salsa complemented each other perfectly. We couldn’t resist the fabada – small pork belly cuts mixed with chorizo in a tangy bite-sized mix. To continue our delicious feast we opted for smoked haddock croquettes, which were creamy and served atop creamed leeks with Manchego cheese and chives. The baked Camembert was the next treat, and was as gooey as it was tasty, paired superbly with fig ketchup and Pedro Ximenez chutney. Next we plumped for the mushroom mac and cheese, which was seasoned to perfection. La Concha is a foodie gem that’s not to be missed.