I drive through Wendover on my daily commute to work. I love it. The village, that is. Not my commute. Or work, necessarily. But, ah, Wendover – with its Elizabethan terraced cottages, little independent boutiques, quirky interiors stores and wonderful wine shop – there was little it was lacking in my eyes. And THEN it went and got itself a Tapas Bar! Tres Corazones opened on Pound Street towards the end of last year. With a hankering for Jamon Iberico, I marched the hubby down there one Friday night.
When we arrived, we were greeted and then seated by the very charming front of house staff. They appeared to be doing a roaring trade for a dank evening in January. From the bar inside the entrance right down to the traditional bread oven on the back wall by the kitchen – every table was occupied. The atmosphere was relaxed and informal, with the focus on the food and (extensive) wine list. Just as an authentic Tapas experience should be.
Dave listened attentively to the specials, whilst I zeroed in on the cocktail list (Marmalade Mule, anyone?). Then we ordered. That fool-proof Tapas ordering strategy:
“You choose three, I’ll choose three, then if we’re hungry, we’ll have some more. Oh and the wine! I’ll choose the wine”.
The wine duly arrived. Then the food – but at staggered intervals. No precision planning, but in definite succession, giving us the right amount of time to ooh and aah, then demolish each miniature course before the next arrived. Gambas… Chorizo… Padron Peppers… Huevos Rotos… Cochinillo… and of course my Jamon Iberico. All washed down with a Rioja Reserva.
I must admit I got nearly as much pleasure from the pronunciation of it all as the taste. I think I drove Chiltern Boy slightly mad in the process though with my rolling Rs and hacking Hs.
We both winced a little on ordering la cuenta. Chiltern Boy, in embarrassment at my insistence on speaking pigeon Spanish at every opportunity. Me at the fear of Tapas bill-shock, which I’d suffered on a few preceding occasions in other establishments. You somehow forget all those little tiddler dishes can add up. Not to mention my habit of frequenting well known London chains that charge up to £22 for a saucer of Jamon. So when it came we were very pleasantly surprised – super reasonable!
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The food, staff and ambience got a big Bravo from both of us and we wouldn’t put any Chiltern Senors or Senoritas off a trip to Tres Corazones. I never did get to try that Marmalade Mule, but perhaps I will when I return to avail of their lunch special (choice of 3 tapas for £9.95).
Have you had any lovely Chiltern dining experiences you could recommend? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below…