Spanish tapas have become very common around the world. They are always served in pubs and inns just about everywhere and have gained much popularity for helping individuals become lively and energetic, not to mention lowering the level of drunkenness. When it comes to the background past of tapas, most London tapas eaters don’t have any idea regarding it. The stories regarding the rise of tapas have a strong connection even if there is no precise history about its emergence.
1. From King Alfonso the 10th
It is mentioned that tapas gained much popularity from the wise king of Spain, King Alfonso X(the tenth), who reigned over Castille in the 13th Century. There was a time when the king can just take very small portions of food and wine due to illness, that was the time when tapas first came in. When he recovered from the disease, he issued out a decree to all inns and bars, and declared that no inn or bar would serve wine alone, but would make certain it was accompanied by something to eat.
2. From King Felipe the 3rd
Another legend suggests that, tapas was brought to life by King Felipe III, who had the physical welfare of his workers and servants at heart. Throughout lunch hours, workers will drink so much alcohol that they don’t want to work anymore in the afternoon. In order to get heated and warm, workers consume much more alcohol during the winter so the problem became worse. The intake of cured ham and bread together with alcohol is the best solution thought by the king to enhance the performance of his workers.
3. From King Alfonso the 12th
It is also thought that tapas originated a journey through Cadiz in Andalucia was taken by King Alfonso XII. Andalucia is a province that is very near the Southern Andalucian Coast, making it a very windy place. The theory claims that, the king, as he was on his journey, he came to a stop outside a tavern and was offered a goblet of wine by the owner of the tavern. A bread and cured ham were also offered with the wine. And as the place was very windy, he covered the wine with the bread to prevent sand from the coast from getting into his wine and spoiling it. So as to cover again his wine, he requested a “tapa” during his next order. That is how it started.
Determining the accurate history of tapas would be hard because you can find many stories about it claiming various ways of its history. If this article is getting your moth watering then why not visit one of the wonderful tapas restaurants in London?