Oscar and Morgan alongside restaurant favourite 'Doris'

Family run Tapas bar offers a taste of Spain in Wiltshire

Blissfully located in the town’s Lamb’s yard, Pablo’s Bistro in Bradford-on-Avon offers Wiltshire a taste of Northern Spain. The family run business has been going for seven years and is now fronted by sibling trio Oscar, Morgan and Lily Pugsley.

The restaurant serve a range of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan bites, with a focus on small plate tapas and fresh paella. With their extensive menu recently winning the praise of Countdown’s Rachel Riley, crowning it her new favourite restaurant and the “best paella” she’d ever had.

The independent restaurant is well known in the area for serving quality authentic Spanish dishes alongside Spanish wines and beers. Named after the country’s most famous painter, the restaurant features lots of Picasso-esque art, with a rustic interior.

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Pablo’s use ingredients straight from the country, with inspiration for the dishes from the family’s regular visits. Their most recent trip to culinary capital San Sebastián has given chef Oscar some food for thought.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Bar Néstor- he makes a very famous tortilla, it’s infamous in the tapas industry and we’re working on recreating that. There’s nothing special about it, it’s just egg, potato and onion, but there’s nothing like it, it’s just the best tortilla in the world, really incredible”, said Oscar.

Over the years, the family have returned to the country many times, trying something different each time they visit: “Each year we go and we try and gain something new. For example Bilbao and San Sebastián is really well known for its pintxos which are just snacks on bread.

“We’re trying to bring that here, because I never knew about it until I went there”. Everything is made fresh at the restaurant after extensive experimentation by the boys. “New dishes get on the menu by either me or Morgan just coming up with a special, finding some inspiration somewhere. I find vegan food is really fun to experiment with- you can just make anything out of anything”, he added.



Oscar and Morgan alongside restaurant favourite ‘Doris’

They say the beauty of tapas is never being tied down to one dish and being able to have a bit of everything. “The whole point with Pablo’s is kind of experimenting with different dishes, trying new things”. But head chefs Oscar and Morgan do have some current favourites. Despite both being meat eaters, Oscar said “the vegan menu does offer a few dishes that I do love- our vegan balls are amazing”.

“It would be the pork tenderloin with sherry and butter, the sauce is just beautiful, but I think one of my favourite things to cook, you can’t really go wrong with a bit of spinach and chickpeas” added Morgan. Pablo’s aim to cater to everyone, with vegan, vegetarian, meat, fish and gluten free options.

Speaking to the owners, the family focus seems to be its crowning glory, “I think everyone loves the fact that we are family run, it’s not a chain. And the Mediterranean ambience also helps, “the atmosphere inside, it’s a small restaurant, it only takes a few tables for it to kind of feel busy and lively, it does just take you back to being in Spain, especially when the sun hits the square”.

The siblings have some big plans for the future, with the aim to recreate the beauty of Pablo’s elsewhere. “We have thought about opening up another sister restaurant in Bristol, Morgan would take on the one in Bradford and I would move to Bristol to do that one” said Oscar.

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