Santiago has taken over the Old Pump House on George Street and transformed the space into a shop serving authentic Spanish food, as well as a casual cafe area and formal restaurant.
Former Clover Chemicals owner James Tobias was looking for a new challenge after selling his Whaley Bridge business and opening a new restaurant and deli in the heart of Buxton is a dream come true for him.
The 54 year old said: “Myself and my wife Sandra have a holiday home in Spain and we have been going there for two decades and I love the food, the way of life and the culture.
“When I sold Clover Chemicals I wasn’t ready to retire, but I knew if I was going to start again it had to be for something that really inspired me.”
The couple were visiting South Wales and eating at a Spanish restaurant when James got the idea.
He said: “It was like a Eureka moment – I had to bring the taste of Spain to Buxton.
“There’s nothing like it in the area that was good, but we didn’t want to be just a restaurant, we wanted people to be able to buy Spanish food and wine, which is why we’re also a deli.”
The new company has created 25 jobs, around half of which are full-time employees.
Santiago is now open and serves coffee and cake from early morning, while the restaurant opens in the evening.
Remodeling the old pump house, which had been vacant for some time, took a lot of work and it took it from key handover in December to now to complete the premises, James said.
“We needed a big room because once you add a shop it takes up a lot of space, but the place we found is perfect,” he added.
“It’s right in the food district and will complement the other venues perfectly.”
The menu features more than 75 Spanish delicacies, including tapas, a fish section with cod-pil-pil and air-dried tuna, as well as meatballs, belly pork, chorizo in red wine, and lamb and pork straight from Spain.