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“A Special Place”
Review of Venta de Alfarnate

Venta de Alfarnate
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Alfarnate
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 2 November 2014

This is a personal favourite of mine and I've been coming here every year for a great many years. The location of this venta (the English equivalent to a large coaching inn) is special. The surrounding countryside is worth the drive alone. Stunning scenery from every direction. The venta itself is tremendously atmospheric, serving as a makeshift bandit museum. There are several dining areas and it can cater for large parties. It's not necessary to reserve unless it is a major day in the local or national calendar when large parties of Andaluces descend for a feast. It is usually closed in the evenings so call ahead to avoid disappointment. I have left a more detailed review on diningsecretsofandalucia.

The food is traditional with very good quality local ingredients. The portions are extremely generous. It is pointless to come to a place like this and expect gourmet vegetables. My wife is Spanish and I have eaten food all over Spain. This is a meat joint. You can order the usual Spanish fish classics too and I should add that the substantial salads here are very good compared with Andalucian standards. You sometimes hear foreigners critical of the food here but I've never seen a poor review by a Spaniard.

The service is always friendly and efficient. The wine list is excellent for such a location with a good selection of national varieties. Half bottles too for those watching the limit. The boss once told me that the food here is not designer for which I am eternally grateful - It would be a crime in such a place. It operates as a bar also and you can pop in for a coffee or drink if you want to check it out without committing. If you want Michelin star fine dining then stay clear. This is old Andalucia and represents very good value. The food is delicious and generous and I have never felt short changed.

The combination of great location, sensational inn and very good food is hard to beat. I love this place and I bet you will too.

3  Thank WelshToro
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Reviewed 1 November 2014

Said to be oldest inn in Andalucía and has a museum. Food great for meat eaters and good value with excellent portions. Good simple local type eating.

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Reviewed 25 October 2014

Said to be the oldest inn in Andaluzia, it has operated since 1699. Once used by felons and brigands there is quite a history. Surounded by open country a little way out of the village, it is an attractive old building. Inside more like an olde English inn with dark furniture and a beamed ceiling. We both ordered 'huevos a la bestar', a dish of country sausage, black pudding, a chunk of boiled ham, 2 fried eggs, all served on bed of a garlicy sort of cous-cous. A very good lunch! Our bill with 3 glasses of wine, a beer and a coffee each came to 37Euros. We sat in the nice outside courtyard.The man running the bar and waiting was very pleasant. This would be a great place for a true county supper.

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Thank Maisie33
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

What a fascinating place! If you read up some of the history, you find that this was the ancient Malaga to Granada route much beloved by tradesmen, smugglers and so on. The inside of this venta reflects the history and well worth looking around. Sadly, our food was awful. Top of of the list were the soggiest mushrooms ever encountered, but nothing else was much better. What a shame; it is such a beautiful mountainous area and we were not aware of any nearby alternative eating options.

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3  Thank SB13Nov2015a
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

On the old road to Granada. Try this pitoresque route and visit probably the oldest venta in Andalucia. The menu is based on Real Spanish mountain Food and is reasonable priced.

Thank sol653
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