Marco’s Tapas Bar Restaurant in  Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, is celebrating its 15th Birthday on Thursday (June 14).

For fifteen Years, the owners Mark, Pamela & Bradley Worship, along with their family, including son Kurtis and sister Marie Baker, head chef Marcus Sowerbutts and all their friendly staff have brought to the town a splash of Mediterranean Sunshine with brightly lit patio areas and murals depicting blue seas which gives an authentic impression of Spain.

Bringing the warmth of Spain to Rayleigh, the Restaurant has an extensive food and wine menu, an alfresco seating area with live music & DJs playing every Friday and Saturday evening.

During these weekend evenings the cheery bar-disco area has the air of a beach party. Only the home ‘Essex accents’ give the game away.

Despite the laid-back atmosphere found in the bar, there clearly is one thing that is taken very seriously at Marco’s and that is their ‘Tapas Food’.

Tapas, for the benefit of the first-timers, originates from Spain where there are no normal set course meals. Customers just order a selection of dishes to suit their own requirements.

Echo: Marco's

At ‘Marco’s’ there are over ‘50 dishes’ to select from.

In fact the chefs will prepare any tapas or paella sharing dishes that diners may fancy, with options including chorizo in red wine, sautéed Monkfish, calamari or sliced sirloin steak in a brandy, chilli and ginger sauce.

In support of all the hard work put in during the past fifteen years Mark & Pamela are proud that:

• In 2008 they were awarded the Evening Echo’s ‘Southend & District Leisure and Tourism Business Award’

• ‘Trip Advisor’, following 540 reviews by customers who have ranked the Bar/Restaurant as number ‘1’ of ‘54’ restaurants in Rayleigh, we have been awarded TripAdvisor certificate of excellence for the 5th year running.

Rochford District Council has awarded their ‘Food & Hygiene Rating’ of ‘5’ to the Bar, being the highest award granted.

• For the past five years Marco’s has been the number one sponsor of the ‘Rayleigh Town Councils Christmas Lights activities’.

• Over the past fifteen years many Charities and Local Clubs have benefited from the generosity offered following their ‘Charity Nights’.

• They have been able to support their regular customers by accepting ‘Groupon Vouchers’,’ Gourmet Society’ and ‘Taste Cards’, and have generously passed to many customers ‘Loyalty Cards’ with discounts of ‘50% off their food’.

• They run Wine Tasting evenings once a month, Charity events , and customers can ‘private hire’ Marcos for parties, christenings and Anniversary gatherings. We offer great food packages for larger parties. You name it Marcos does it, just give us a call on 01268 773311 for any enquiries.