You know you're likely in for an entertaining evening when you get handed a bib on arrival. Last night Lunya encouraged diners to get involved with their traditional Calcotada and things got more than a bit messy.
Calcotada is a Catalonia festival surrounding the shortlived ‘calcot’ season. The Spanish vegetable, most easily compared to a spring onion or leek, is blackened on barbecues and eaten alongside romesco sauce and, if last night is anything to go by, copious amounts of cava. The sparkling Spanish booze is traditionally poured directly in to the mouth from a porron, perhaps more accurately than my aim managed.
Lunya also showcased their amazing selection of deli delectables. If there’s a place with in Manchester with more delicious things under one roof I’m not aware of it. Alongside the usual meat and cheese contenders, fantastic smoked sardines were a real highlight. There are a number of exciting events coming up over spring hosted by effervescent owners Peter and Elaine Kinsella.
Wine Tasting – 5th April
Guests will taste 8 wines and be guided through a journey of all senses by resident wine experts, who will be joined by a number of our wine suppliers. Lunya has one of the UK’s best Spanish wine collections and this night will showcase many of them. This is a fun, informal and relaxed evening to think wine, talk wine & drink wine! We will be trying wines from Rioja, Catalunya (including Vermut), Priorat, Albariño, Jerez, Somontano, Toro, Basque County and Pénedès.
Gin Tasting – 25th April
Lunya’s Gin Tasting nights are legendary for their great value, fun and informality. Guests will hear about how gin is made, taste a variety of gins and have a guided tasting of the award-winning gins from our range of stunning Spanish gins, as well as try a variety of tapitas and ingredients to go with them.
Cheese Tasting – 9th May
The perfect event for cheese lovers. Lunya has one of the world’s best Spanish cheese collections and this night will showcase many of them. Guests will hear about how cheese is made, discover different styles of Spanish cheeses and taste 12 of our different cheeses with a range of accompaniments, all accompanied by a flight of three wines and a cheese inspired cocktail. This is a fun, informal and relaxed evening to think cheese, talk cheese, eat cheese & drink cheese!
Sherry Tasting – 13th June
Lunya’s most popular event of the year. Whether guests are Sherry virgin or an old hand, this night will delight!. 8 stunning sherries to try including this year’s release of Tio Pepe Fino En Rama. Matching tapitas and 10% off any bottle of sherry you buy on the night.
Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BB
0161 413 3317