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“Fantastic tapas”
Review of The Tunnels

The Tunnels
Ranked #10 of 22 Restaurants in Highworth
Price range: US$1 - US$9
Description: The one and only Tapas bar in Highworth. Food is served from 18:00 until 22:00, the bar is open until midnight (Wednesday to Saturday).
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Description: The one and only Tapas bar in Highworth. Food is served from 18:00 until 22:00, the bar is open until midnight (Wednesday to Saturday).
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great tapas restaurant, the food is excellent. We eat a lot of tapas, both locally and much further afield and many of these dishes were the best we've had.

The only improvement we could suggest would be to drop the chilli from the champinones, it was pretty hot. The presentation was excellent with a number of stand out dishes - the calamari and broad bean & pancetta being just two.

We will definitely be returning and will recommend it to friends and family as an example of Spanish tapas at its best.

Thank David187049
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We went with a couple of friends using a Groupon offer. We enjoyed the large variety of different tapas and all shared the selection. Our only criticism was that it all got very cold by the time we had finished, which was a shame. Some of the hot trays like you get in an indian or chinese restaurant would have been ideal, or don't bring it out all at once which be our advice. Some great puddings too.

If you fancy something different in an informal environment, pay The Tunnels a visit.

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Thank AMWN
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

It's difficult to know where to begin with the Tunnels as I really wanted to like it, really wanted to find that Highworth had a little gem of a restaurant.

I'll start with the food as I guess that's the primary reason you're reading this - although for me, it's about a little bit more than that if I'm to really enjoy a meal out.

The food offering is what you'd expect - i.e. small dishes of food in a Spanish style. I say 'offering' because what turns up may not be everyones idea of Spanish Tapas. Sure, you'll find patatas bravas and croquettes, etc. but they are a little heavy handed with the chilli flakes in my opinion, so much so that you pretty much can't taste anything else. There was also something vaguely Indian style about all the dishes too, can't put my finger on what it was though so it could be just me. The little squid bites are served up in what looks like a little salt crock and were wierdly mushy, perhaps overcooked. We chose a selection of dishes that we felt gave a fair representation of whats on offer but to be honest, we weren't blown away by any of them. The Pan tostado, despite the super low price was especially disappointing. Three dry slices of garlicky french bread, toasted and served on a slate did little to impress. Just give me a basket of good fresh bread to soak up the sauce in the dishes (bread is extra) - this is a prerequisite for tapas but doesn't come as standard. Maybe a jug of water would be good too if you continue to splash the chilli around.
Then there's the dishes. The waitress (who incidentally was excellent) brought out some side plates, around 15 minutes before the food. They were cold to start with and although the tapas turned up hot, when transferred to the side plates, you end up with luke warm food.
We accompanied the food with a reasonably priced bottle of red at £15, pretty drinkable.

So, overall, the food was a disappointment. And then there's the restaurant......

The surroundings are an important part of the experience to me. This can elevate the mediocre to another level or conversely, underline what is essentially a pretty poor overall effort.

Tucked away off the high street underneath a sister establishment, the tunnels is marked by a pavement sign but with no indication of a menu until you get seated inside. The menus are laminated, a little as you'd expect in a sea side cafe and serve to give you a 'taste' of what to expect in terms of decor.

The tunnels, as the name would suggest are underground. No natural light. Despite this, they have tried (in vain) to dot plants around the establishment. The plants are dying, struggling to survive in these conditions, much like this restaurant? It was early Saturday night but by the time we left at 7.30pm, there were still only a handful of patrons in the restaurant. Like much of the rest of Highworth, pretty dead after midday on a Saturday it seems.

And then the water feature. Inside the restaurant. A collection of cascading bowls, the sort you find in your average garden centre with the noise of the water tumbling down loud enough to (nearly) drown out the awful latin musak (which could have been a plus) but enough to make me visit the bathroom twice during our visit. Really? In a courtyard setting maybe but here? No.

And then there's the heating. Actually, what heating? It's so cold in there. And then the clip framed pictures. Were they going begging when the local car dealer ship closed down?
And the cheap trestle tables. Maybe a white table cloth over them?

So, if you're still reading this and still not sure, maybe, just maybe this is a start up and it will improve and they will listen to the feedback and they will reflect current tastes. But then again, maybe not. Like their other establishments in this town they seem to be stuck in the past. Or somewhere on the Costas perhaps. Do they eat out anywhere else themselves? See what the competition is doing?

One positive? It's relatively inexpensive. But then, so is Loungers, which does this much better, in a nicer environment. Only, they're not in Highworth. Sadly.

Apologies. Another positive. Well done Millie.

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Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The setting, being underground, was very interesting but it was too cold (and I'm not a cold morsel). The service was amiable and efficient but slow. The water feature in the fireplace could make you want to visit the toilet! The food was good enough but not the best tapas I've ever tasted by any means. Portion sizes were small, so the 6 from the Groupon wasn't really enough.

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Thank Jinnywren
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

We used a Groupon voucher to try this tapas bar for the first time, and will return. Service was very friendly and there was a reasonable choice of tasty, fairly priced tapas, which arrived quickly. The bar itself is comfortable, with a lovely fireplace, and there was a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere.

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