Food and Wine

Best ham slicer in Spain


He is called Leocadio Corbacho and he has an Aladdin´s cave of ham in Ronda. You simply must visit, even if you don´t eat meat. He has a wide variety of cheeses and pickles and everything in between. The shop is also a museum and a cafe - a spectacular place for a Spanish breakfast.

Tasting Olive Oil aka Oleoturismo


At 856 metres, the altitude of Cartajima is a little high for the olive to grow well. There are a few but not in commercial quantities. However, in nearby El Burgo you can experience the olive in all its variations and stages of production and, most importantly, tasting!

Breakfast at Los Castaños

Our breakfast buffet, which is included in your room rate and is available from nine in the morning, earns us many compliments so we try even harder to please everybody!

The most wonderful restaurant

Please meet Javier, proud owner of the Yerbaguena restaurant on the outskirts of Campillos, an hour´s drive from Cartajima. It came to our attention by a circuitous route and we have been trying to get there for three years now but plans always fell through. It was worth waiting for.

Five Gastro Tapa Joints in Ronda

Everybody loves a tapa or two but we tend to make a meal of them which is not what you are supposed to do. They are meant to tide you over the long gap between lunch and dinner which doesn't begin until at least ten in the evening. 

The secrets of Fried Olives

Fried olives revealed! Very easy once you get over the fiddly process of flour, egg, breadcrumbs.

Here´s the set up. Must be canned olives. Fresh won´t work. Drain. Wash and dry a bit on paper.

Lunch in the Alcornocales

I was sat, as they say in Gloucestershire, dangling my legs at the bar of the best tapas joint in Zahara de los Atunes next to John, who is from Gloucestershire, when I got a mobile call from a unique hideaway eating place in the middle of the Alcornocales – the cork forests that lie between the Costa de la Luz and the Serrania de Ronda.

All about sherry

Interesting facts about Sherry:

♥ Neither the word "sherry" nor the category exists in Spanish although more and more Spanish people have acquired the word to refer to the "vinos de Jerez," the wines from the town of Jerez. 

Ideas for a Vegan Gourmet Dinner


As our reputation grows, we receive ever more requests for a vegetarian or vegan dinner from our guests. Having been both a vegetarian and a vegan**, I am happy to oblige.

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