Dining at Los Castaños
Hotel near Ronda, Spain
It would seem that our culinary reputation is growing!
The food we serve is simply healthy, sustaining, and interesting but certainly owes nothing to Michelin standards of portions or decoration or complexity. Our culinary inspiration springs from the Western Mediterranean, incorporating Spanish and Moroccan flavours, featuring local ecological produce and, above all, simplicity.
Having been at times an omnivore, a vegan, and a vegetarian, our host Di is well versed in all dietary restrictions. Our food is pretty slow so we need to know in the morning if you wish to dine that evening.
Fairly gourmet 3-course dinner: appetizers, first, main, pudding, coffee costs €35 per person.
For those with a smaller appetite or who have had a large lunch, we also have a menu of seasonal small plates to share available every evening. Let us know your choices by about 6 pm. The menu has a great deal of choice ranging from a whole tortilla de patatas to less well known delicacies. Enjoy your chosen dishes on the rooftop terrace or in the dining room or on your balcony.
Local Dining near Los Castaños, Cartajima
Cartajima has two bars, one that open all year and another one just for the summer. Simple, traditional places, naturally, but lovely for supping and sipping local specialities. In your room folder is a map of the village which will show you the way.
Food for Thought? is a guest from Houston’s interesting take on his dining experience in Cartajima.
In Juzcar, the blue village just 4 km away. there are a couple of eating choices: the bar Torriceli and the Hotel Bandolero where Cordon Bleu chef, Ivan, creates seasonal treats.
Further afield in other Alto Genal villages, there are dining delights to be discovered. Farajan, for example, has a bar serving tasty Moroccan fare; Also a new offering which is fast becoming a favourite of ours, Vistas al Valle, with its remarkable terrace views.
Alpandeire has a fantastic restaurant, La Casa Grande, that we save for special occasions. John says their beef is unequalled and I adore the carpaccio de langostinos.
Ronda, just 20 minutes drive away, is a busy tourist destination and has much to offer, good and bad and even ugly. We can tell you what to avoid and where the best secret places are, known only to the locals. But please ask us. I hate it when guests return saying what a bad food experience they had in Ronda. It is a touristy town because it is so beautiful and interesting – but the downside can be a here today, gone tomorrow attitude.