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.
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