We pulled into Café Columbia on a whim… The rain was falling more and more heavily, and the idea of a warm place to sit was quite overpowering. There’s a small alcove as you enter and then ten or so tables upstairs, giving a small, intimate experience. Our corner table gave us a view to […]
The Phoenician isn’t a cheap hotel, but if you want to splurge some cash (or points), this is a place where you will see the thoughtful details your money is buying. The proof is in the bagel.
It’s a cold winter night, with a strong wind that’s unusual for Jerez, when we bundle into the Meson del Asador. At least, that’s what it says on the door. Everyone we’re with knows it as the Asador de Leon: the Lion’s BBQ. The warmth from the coal BBQ – a coal grill I’d normally […]
This place was a tourist trap of the worst sort: service was bad, even taking into account the normal Spanish approach, but the food was worse and came at a price no-one was expecting.
Le Poeme is perfectly located on a quiet stretch of street next to the Central Market of Cadiz. With indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a great place to either enjoy the sun or take a break from the wind. This the second mid-morning breakfast I’ve had here, and both have excelled. Today I went for […]
We’ve passed El Garaje (the Garage) many times in our walks around Jerez. Opposite the Souk (Zoco), it’s always busy on Saturdays – power-ballads and rock hits from the 80s and 90s blasting. What’s less known is that during the week, their menu del dia comes in at just €6 for a starter, main, bread […]
The Gorila cerveceria, or beer bar, is another popular option on Plaza Plateros. They serve a wide variety of cold cuts and cheeses, plus play up the German beer connection with sausages and pickled gherkins. Most people are here for the beers though. The Gorila has a wide variety by Spanish standards: several German and […]
Calle Larga is the main shopping street in Jerez de la Frontera: fashion, telecoms, opticians, pharmacies, and tobacconists – they’re here. What seems to be missing is a place to sit with a cold beer while your partner is trying on clothes; or a place for a snack and coffee while you recharge for the […]
Jerez is rightly famous for its prestigious Sherry wine, and one place that ought to be famous is the tabanco on Plaza Plateros. It takes its wine seriously, but without pretension – and with a huge local following. A tabanco is a traditional wine shop, with the booze poured from wooden barrels right into your […]
All bars in Jerez are quiet before 10… Many don’t kick off until after 12, but I’m at Damajuana – known for its Flamenco – early on a Tuesday for the weekly English-language meetup. It’s huge doors open off a narrow cobbled street into an anteroom with three bars off it. A glass of oloroso […]