So, you’ve found the password, you’ve dodged your way around the Prohibition bobbies and you’re ready to take a sip of what’s good in true Speakeasy-style. The word on the street is that our cocktails are the most exquisite in all the land – but did you know that The Book Cover is also the finest tapas restaurant Exeter has to offer?
Don’t get us wrong, we love a cocktail or two! Whether it’s pear, amaretto and sherbet in Secret Sour, or the Crème de Fig, espresso and almond of Too Good To Forget, it’s clear that the best cocktails are combinations. So why not apply this principle to food? The days of variety are upon us, and this really is the tapas restaurant Exeter has been waiting for.
Tapas are small dishes which combine quality ingredients and genius chefs to create exceptionally good flavours. Though they originate from Spanish street food, our tapas are infused with the good old flavours of Blighty. And there are dishes for everyone with our veggie and gluten-free selections.
We thoroughly enjoy a good fish dish (not only because it rhymes!) because it’s always a joy to prove that not all fish tastes the same. Our crispy squid and chilli mayonnaise is one to write home about. Whilst it’s known as calamari in Mediterranean cuisine, this battered dish makes squid perfectly at home in Exeter.
The Prohibition was, of course, the period when alcohol was banned in America. So we’ve taken inspiration from across the pond with our corn dog – only, it has a chorizo twist in one of our characteristically elegant sprinklings of class. Along with spiced ketchup, these punchy flavours will leave you with a smile on your face and a burning desire to tell all your friends about the best tapas restaurant Exeter can offer.
If you’re looking for something gluten-free, we’ll have to whisk you back across the Atlantic to try our British cured meat plate. Served with pickles, this is a chic dish if ever you saw one.
The vegetarians among us can enjoy a taste of the Med with our flatbread and hummus dish, or perhaps the smoked cheddar croquettes. From the French ‘croquer’ (meaning, to crunch), the technique of smoking the cheddar brings out even greater taste in Britain’s most beloved cheese. Breaded and fried, these are little cylinders of heaven and we couldn’t bear not having them on the menu. After all, this is the tapas restaurant Exeter and its people deserve.
We’ve also got a selection of Sliders, which aren’t, as many in Britain would have you believe, a type of shoe. Straight from America, the term describes a small burger, which we thought would be perfect for inexpensive tapas. Our menu has one of each of lamb, beef, mushroom and fish-based sliders, each with a perfectly crafted sauce to complement the flavours.
And last, but by no means least, our meat and cheese boards offer ample variety to last a lifetime. Treat your friends to one alongside your tapas, or simply let the charcuterie complement your cocktail. Throw in a few olives from our Sides selection, and you’re all set for a classy evening. Now, sit back, let those toes tap to the beat of a jazz band and enjoy!
The world is your oyster! Order as many or as few dishes as you like before we stop serving food at 10pm – make a meal of it, or just grab a snack at the best tapas bar Exeter has to offer. We’d love to rustle you up some classy food, so find out the password and we’ll see you soon!