Business lunch Drop in – but beware the cocktail hour!
By night a bustling cocktail bar for a very cool crowd, Hermanos is one of those venues that has a dual identity during the day.
Open all day for coffees, teas and lunch, it is an ideal venue for local office workers and shoppers in need of refuelling.
Bar snacks of Burts crisps, Twiglets and pork scratchings are one lunchtime option and especially enjoyable with a glass of wine or an ice-cold bottle of Blue Moon American ale.
If you are in search of something a little more substantial, the short weekly-changing menu ranges from rare Herefordshire beef, rocket and wholegrain mustard mayonnaise sandwiches (£4.50 eat in or £3.75 takeaway) to Cajun spiced chicken breast burgers (£7).
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And then there's the tapas (£3.50 each or £10 for four) including ricotta cheese with fresh tomato and pesto or Chew Valley Smokehouse salmon, lemon and pepper.
During the day, the kitchen is run by two young chefs – Dave Harris and Jim Hallett – whose combined CV namechecks some of the area's better restaurants, including Robin Hood's Retreat and Thali Café.
Their four-choice specials board is seasonal and very well priced between £4.50 and £7.
Choices last week included warm couscous salad with feta, charred broccoli, lemon, mint and toasted seeds (£6.50) and pappardelle Bolognese with rocket and grated Parmesan (£7).
The spring chicken broth (£4.50) I ordered was a revelation. Made from a really good chicken stock with bags of flavour, it didn't look that exciting but dredge a little deeper and there was a generous amount of shredded chicken pieces, potato cubes, tiny cauliflower florets, fresh peas and lots of chopped parsley. Served with three slices of organic granary bread and two pats of very garlicky butter, it was exceptional value.
Desserts were limited to hot, Spanish-style churros (long, deep-fried donuts) with chocolate dipping sauce (£3) or a slice of light-as-a-feather lemon drizzle cake (a bargain at £2) topped with a crunchy, citrussy sugar frosting.
Although I ate at one of the high tables near the bar, there are low and more comfortable sofas at the back and also a small courtyard garden.
As lunch finishes and the day rolls into afternoon tea, the only real problem with Hermanos is that you just may find yourself staying a lot longer than you anticipated and diving into the venue's cocktail list. You have been warned.