ALTRINCHAM tapas bar Porta has been named in the latest Good Food Guide.

One of 10 new entries from the North-West region to be admitted into the guide, Porta is a relative newcomer on the flourishing Altrincham food scene, opening its doors in November 2016.

Owned by brothers Ben and Joe Wright,it is located on Greenwood Street,opposite the Market House.It has a sister bar in Chester, again called Porta, which also made it into the guide.

For Ben and Joe, “Porta is the kind of place to relax in – unpretentious and comfortable with good music, beer, wine and food.”

Porta tries to keep things simple with a relaxed environment inspired by the cafés and tapas bars of Spain.

Commenting on the Iberian inspiration for Porta, Ben and Joe are emphatic that informality is fundamental. As Ben says: “Call it tapas, call it bar snacks, call it dinner – no rules, just tasty food, good beer, wine and conversation – Porta is a tapas bar, not a fancy restaurant!”

Cured meats and cheeses form the backbone of a menu that is a collection of plates to be enjoyed either singly with a glass of wine, or combined together to create something more substantial.

For drinks there is a concise wine list that changes regularly, a selection of sherries, Cava, a Spanish gin & tonic and a selection of ice-cold beers.

The original Chester Porta is located under Chester’s Northgate Bridge on the city walls. It is on the site of one of the gates to the original Roman fortress, the ‘Porta Decumana’, which inspired the name Porta, meaning gate or entrance.

The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose and will be available from September.