Hola, we are Ana & James. Welcome to Abeja, the smallest tapas bar in Manchester!. We are a contemporary tapas bar tucked away in Hatch, a vibrant space for independent businesses in the heart of Manchester. We want you to have an authentic tapas experience, the way we do in Granada. Come and join us in our bar for tapeo and have a delicious complementary tapa with every drink you order. Whether for a nibble or a hungrier appetite, our food won’t disappoint you.


I am a biomedical research scientist by training and a cook at heart. As much as I have enjoyed working and “cooking” in the laboratory, my passion has always been in the kitchen – making dishes from my family heritage and being a host at dinner parties. Food brings people together, and when cooked lovingly, it nourishes the soul too. I want to translate this passion into a new venture and exciting challenge, where I can bring a piece of the culinary art from my family and beloved home city of Granada, to the lively atmosphere of Hatch in Manchester. Abeja is a dream I always had and a tribute to all the amazing cooks in my family, especially to my grandmother María.


I have been an independent business owner for the last 11 years working within the film & television industry. In 2014, I relocated to Manchester. I have seen the city change rapidly in the last 5 years, with an explosion of popular bars and restaurants across the city.

I am passionate about proper tapas done the Spanish way and in particular, love the bars of Granada. Ana and I are aiming to replicate this in our own way and believe that Abeja will be the closest experience to a real tapas bar as you can get.

Last night as I was sleeping
-blessed vision!- I dreamt,
that a beehive was nesting
here inside my heart;
And the golden bees
were making within it,
from old bitterness weave
white combs and sweet honey

Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que una colmena tenía
dentro de mi corazón;
y las doradas abejas
iban fabricando en él,
con las amarguras viejas
blanca cera y dulce miel.

Antonio Machado

Abeja Tapas Bar
Food from southern Spain

Oxford Road
M1 7ED

+44 7540 395894

Mon-Tue: CLOSED (except bank hols)
Wed: 12.00 – 9.30pm
Thu-Sat: 12.00 – 10.00pm
Sun: 2.00 – 8.00pm