In a quiet, moneyed pocket of west London is a Spanish tapas bar called Cambio de Tercio, and it is here that the new Wimbledon champion, Carlos Alcaraz, sought much of his fuel for the tournament.
The restaurant, unassuming but proudly high-end, with walls of red and deep ochre and crisp white linen tablecloths, is on Old Brompton Road in South Kensington and has long been a favourite haunt of sports stars and celebrities. Rishi Sunak is one, Piers Morgan another, while Alcaraz’s fellow tennis stars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are all fans.
It isn’t difficult to see why the restaurant attracts such important clientele. Cambio’s menu is one of Spanish classics, some served traditionally with minimal fuss, others more grandly, doing away with “authenticity” and instead leaning heavily on fun and frivolity. It is a warm restaurant and a cosy one, and boasts the sort of familiar, relaxed but proficient service that might be considered a rarity in London today.