Who We Are

Quirky hole in the wall laneway restaurant El Gordo is set to further enhance Bendigo’s dynamic Chancery Lane.

Husband and wife team Chad and Haley Aldred took ownership of the venue in September 2015 and are already injecting their vision of an authentic and vibrant Spanish laneway cafe and tapas bar into the venue.

Living in the south of France in 2009, the couple immersed themselves into daily life and culture, traveling into Spain and Basque region to further absorb the region’s food, tapas, wine and celebration of Spanish Mediterranean life.

“Our vision has always been to bring a taste of Spanish and French influence and create a unique coffee and tapas bar in the heart of Bendigo,” Chad said.

With a combined 35 years cooking experience, both Chad and Haley boast enviable resumes and exceptional Kitchen training

Chad trained under Andrew Blake at Blake’s Southgate, also spending 5 years as the executive Chef at the acclaimed restaurant and winery Paringa Estate in Mornington Peninsula

Haley worked for 4 years at The Point in Albert Park with chef Ian Curley and at Melbourne’s well known Spanish restaurant Basque in Prahran .