While tapas places are common, good ones are not. Salt Yard is one of the good ones. Upstairs there's a dimly lit bar, where music throbs and drinkers nibble plates of cheese and charcuterie. Downstairs is the dining room, which is, depending on your point of view, either cosy or cramped. Certainly seats are close enough together to allow for the stealing of food from the next table, a temptation which was tough to resist.
High-quality artisan ingredients provide the backbone for a creative menu that bristles with bright ideas...The boisterous ground-floor bar and pavement tables are also much in demand for sipping sherry, nibbling plates of charcuterie and sampling some particularly interesting Spanish and Italian wines by the glass.
Over the past couple of years, London has seen countless tapas joints open, but Salt Yard – one of the pioneers of the capital’s new Spanish scene, and forefather of Dehesa and Opera Tavern – remains among the best. This understatedly handsome, rather small venue was full for our weekend visit (including the counter seats towards the front window and along the bar), and maintained a pleasant hubbub all night.