19 Apr 2019


This place has been here since September 1989 and is much a tapas bar as it is a restaurant.

In fact, is been said, "the best tapas bar in the world" and certainly one of the first of its type.

The London restaurants Barrafina are based on the concept of Cal Pep.

There are only twenty of the coveted seats at the bar, so to grab one, you need to queue on most days around twenty minutes before each service, which start at 1 pm or 7.30 pm.

There is also a very attractive small restaurant behind the tapas bar, this is by reservation only.

It is set in an attractive little square and on arriving, on a Wednesday Lunchti...

29 Mar 2019

Almería was made Capital Española de la Gastronomía 2019 (twitter @Almeria2019) and various gastronomic events would be taking place in Almería over the course of the year.  

We had the pleasure of being invited to these by Fernando Huidobro (fernandohuidobrorein.com twitter @FHuidobroRein) Presidente de Academia Andaluza de Gastronomía y Turismo (twitter @andgastrotur)

After our day in Garrucha, we rose early the  next morning and drove to Almería City to join up with the other guests at the AH! Avenida Hotel.

After checking in, we boarded the coach ready to take us to the Fiesta Club de Golf Playa Serena in Roquetas...

19 Dec 2018


This restaurant is a bit out of the way. You will have to go down an old farm road off of the highway and then turn onto a gravel road that takes you to a car park, inside a beautiful orange grove. 

It is a bit like a farmhouse in the middle of a town and only 15 minutes from the city centre. 

You can have drinks outside on the terrace and take in a bit of the sun, before taking your seats inside.

There is a fun board where you can pop your heads through and take pictures of yourselves as paella chefs.

It is a very charming place. The food was very good and so was the service (we were served by an ex...

22 Nov 2018


We arrived from Bilbao airport and checked into our hotel in Haro, the splendid 

Calle San Agustín 2, 26200 Haro, La Rioja
+34 941 31 13 08

Founded as a convent in 1373 the building has been through various guises including a
Guarnición Military (Military Garrison) in 1809
Hospital Military (Military hospital) in 1811
Carcel (Prison) in 1839 and
Hotel 1989.

It is a beautiful building, steeped in history.

It includes an amazing glass-roofed courtyard

This now houses the hotel's excellent restaurant, where special one-off dining and wine events are also held.


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