Two brothers from Chester have set up their third Porta Tapas and Wine bar, and this time it’s in Salford.

After huge success in Altrincham and Chester, Ben and Joe Wright have set up a Spanish influenced bar on Chapel Street, Bexley Square in Salford, by the name of Porta.

Porta’s opening is part of major regeneration efforts in the Chapel Street area by Salford Council, which owned the former bank building in which Porta is located in. The council wanted to encourage independent food, drink and retail as part of a £650m masterplan that covers Chapel Street.

The bar launched on Wednesday 4 December and officially opened for business on Thursday 5 December.

Bar area in Porta

The brothers, who set up their first ‘Porta’ restaurant in 2012 in Chester, have set up camp in Bexley Square and created a relaxed and informal environment to accompany their 100% homemade tapas.

Inspired by their extensive travel across Spain, Ben and Joe decided to create their own cosy bar back home in England with elements of Barcelona and Madrid intertwined.

Salford Now interviews Ben and Joe about what the people can expect at Porta and the journey they have been on to get this far.

Ben and Joe also own another restaurant in Chester called Joseph Benjamin which is actually located next to Porta Chester. Joseph Benjamin has been awarded a Michelin Guide ‘Bib Gourmand’ each year since 2012.

When asked how they managed to open four restaurant’s between them they said: “Long story short, we got carried away. We are both ver interested in travelling around Spain and had lots of holidays there our whole life. We travelled around a lot and just really liked their style of food.”

Despite their success, the brothers revealed that Porta Salford is the last restaurant they will be opening and are thrilled to finally have the bar open after a few weeks of delays.

Porta Salford is home to an array of bar stools and casual tables, reclaimed wooden furniture and even vintage Spanish prints and photography from the brothers’ travels.

The former bank on Bexley Square has been completely restored by the brothers but it’s character is still very present. They added: “It was one of those places you walk into and go ‘oh my god this is amazing’.

“The whole point of Porta is that it’s chilled, bar-style and authentic to the ethos of traditional tapas.”

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“The menu is very simple but our ingredients are all high-quality. It may look simple and read simple but everything is homemade on site,” they added.

If you would like to visit Porta, you don’t need to book, just head over and grab a seat. Visit their website for more information or check out their social media.


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