ADVERTISEMENT: Casa Rio ‘the jewel in the crown’

The Ropery's new tapas bar.
The Ropery's new tapas bar.
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THE jewel in the Ropery’s crown is the new tapas and grill restaurant, Casa Rio.

Opening to the public on Friday 11th November, our top Portuguese and English chefs have crafted a traditional menu with a twist.

All our food is cooked fresh to order, with such classics as patatas bravas, Spanish omelette, olives, Algerian pork loin, beef stew, fresh tiger prawns, classic sofrito (the Spanish version of fajitas) – succulent grilled chicken, steak or prawns, sautéed with Spanish onions and bell peppers with our chef’s special spice mix.

Paella de carne (meat), Paella mixta (meat and seafood) and a vegetarian version are also available - and are ideal to share. Vegetarian dishes are extensive on our tapas menu too.

The grill side of the menu is unique, with sirloins available cut to order - 8, 12 or 16oz, lamb, pork, baby ribs, chicken and fillet steak available in a range of marinades to suit your taste, or just served plain and simple. Try our Casa Rio combo, a Spanish version of a mixed grill, with a twist.

Being on the riverside, Casa Rio will exploit the opportunity to offer a catch of the day and a daily specials board. Open from 5pm to 9.30pm Wednesday to Saturday, Casa Rio will be the place to be for tapas and mouthwatering grill dishes!

There will also be regular live entertainment, with flamenco guitarists and salsa dancers. We are also looking forward to the summertime when we can begin our paella and sangria nights al fresco, weather permitting!

With tapas dishes starting from £2.95 and happy hours every evening, Casa Rio is offering an affordable and unique way to eat out in Sunderland, catering to everyone’s budget.

It is the only authentic tapas bar in the region where everything is made fresh.

Our warm Mediterranean atmosphere provides the ideal venue for your Christmas party too. Call 0191 340 0972. Salud!

Don’t forget that The Ropery also has two other superb function rooms with selected dates in December remaining for your Christmas party, wedding, birthday party, engagement or christening.

If that is not enough, The Ropery also plays host to live bands every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and also shows every live football match on a new 70” screen, in the family friendly riverside bar with a roaring fire and comfortable atmosphere.

There is a traditional bar menu served Monday to Saturday 12-3pm and our very popular Sunday carvery every week from 12 – 4pm, where children under 10 eat free.