Authentic Tapas Restaurant

A Taste of Spain

El Canario offers traditional Spanish tapas in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Situated in a charming Grade ll listed building, full of character with a unique ambience. We understand Spanish cuisine and our dishes are lovingly prepared using authentic ingredients.

We deliver a true taste of Spain and our menu is packed with flavour and variety. Our tapas selection includes a generous choice of meat dishes, fish, seafood, vegetarian and gluten free options. Our food is complemented by an ample selection of Spanish wines, spirits, as well as Sangria, a customer favourite. Our restaurant has two large tables ideal for big groups and parties, which can be filled with large sharing platters. 

Jose Perdomo Ortega

Hi, I'm José!

I was born on the beautiful island of Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. I came to the UK initially to improve my English and now feel like this is my home. After working as a chef in a number of kitchens, I quickly became motivated to start my own business, through my love of cooking. I looked far and wide for a place to call my own. Eventually I stumbled across a lovely little hidden gem in Penrith, already operating as a tapas restaurant but as luck would have it...... for sale!

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places I have seen so far in the UK and I feel very privileged to be working here. My aim is to take El Canario forward as a thriving business, introducing local dishes from the Canary Islands, whilst retaining the most popular and traditional tapas dishes from other regions of Spain. El Canario offers an atmosphere with a real Spanish feel.

I look forward to welcoming existing and new customers and would like to ensure that you take away happy memories.

Hasta la vista!


9 Queen Street

CA11 7XF
United Kingdom

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