You never have to go far in Brighton to hear Spanish being spoken – a consequence of the happy fact that the city is a popular destination for Spaniards and other Spanish speakers who come as tourists, students or to live and work. This has led to a number of tapas bars across the city — and the arrival of La Vendimia, overlooking the Rock Gardens park on St James’ Street, has meant that Kemptown is also able to join the fun. ‘Vendimia’ means ‘grape harvest’ or ‘vintage’ – and not surprisingly for a restaurant owned by Spanish wine importer Arrobas & Cia, the list of Spanish wines and sherries is extensive. The tapas are fresh, tasty and are delivered quickly to the rustic wooden tables in this relaxed brick-lined interior. The sound of Spanish being spoken at neighbouring tables has to be a good sign. The restaurant also seems to function as an unofficial Spanish arts centre, with artworks by Spanish artists on display and guitar recitals on Thursday evenings. Popular with groups and romantic couples alike, it’s a good idea to book at weekends.