Tapas bar from Bristol’s Casamia family

jonray-peter-and-paco-copyBristol’s Sanchez Brothers opened Andalusian-inspired Paco Tapas this week, completing their trio of adjacent dockside venues a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.

Casamia, the family’s fine-dining establishment, was no 4 on the Sunday Times/Harden’s Top 100 Restaurants list last year, winning praise from the Harden’s Survey for its “fabulous tasting plates”.

It moved from suburban Westbury-on-Trim to new premises in the former Bristol General Hospital at the end of last year, and was joined by the Pi Shop pizzeria in June.

Jonray (left in photo) and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (right) planned the move into the General before Jonray’s death from cancer last November.

The tapas bar is named after their father, Paco (also pictured), who founded Casamia with their mother Sue in 1999 and still plays an active role in the business.

“It’s always been a dream of our Dad’s to bring a taste of his home to Bristol,” said Peter. “Jonray and I loved our times in Andalusia, learning from, eating and drinking with our Dad. His influence is over every detail and that’s why we named it Paco.”

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