Food and drink
Catalan in places and broadly Spanish in others - and with a little bit of Scouse thrown in for good measure - Lunya's menus are extensive and seductive. You can ogle imported hams and sausages, cheeses, stuffed peppers and squid ink in the deli, then either take them away or nip through to the restaurant and eat them. Dishes - breakfast, tapas, platters, paellas, even sucklng pig feasts on Sundays - are right more often than not, and there will always be someone on the premises who knows the story of the ingredients.
The cheese and charcuterie is all great, and the roast suckling pig, served on Sundays, is always a winner.
Lunya has a real mix of customers, from shoppers, businesspeople and pensioners attracted by the lunch deals to foodies with a fetish for particular ingredients. This means it feels relaxed much of the time, especially when there are language lessons or Salsa classes in progress.
There are plenty of staff, who are very willing, chatty and enthusiastic, although when they're stretched it can show.
In the heart of the shopping district, but near enough to other restaurants and cinemas to retain atmosphere in the evening.
Because tapas features so prominenlty, you can spend as much or as little as you want.. At lunchtime, they do three tapas and bread for £9.95, and there's a three-course menu with a drink for the same price; both are understandably popular.
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- Seasoned travellers
- People watching