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LA VENTA DE ALFAIX: Has something different to offer. LA VENTA DE ALFAIX: Has something different to offer.

OPENING for its second season, Restaurant La Venta de Alfaix has something different to offer and is well worth the drive. This is a classy, hidden gem that has a great little bar, La Bodeguita, with a lovely ambiance and a restaurant like no other in the area.

The restaurant is situated in the village of Alfaix with views of the Cabrera Mountains. From Los Gallardos roundabout you take the N340 to Alfaix, then second left and follow the signs for Restaurant La Venta De Alfaix.

Bar La Bodeguita opens at 3pm Tuesday to Sunday, with a happy hour 4.30pm to 6.30pm which has an avid following. You can enjoy a pint for €2, a litre of Sangria for €6.50 or wine for just €1.50 a glass, whilst nibbling on snacks that accompany your drinks. The bar also offers typically Spanish tapas of jamón serrano and manchego cheese which the regulars like to share with a bottle of wine.

The restaurant is top local Chef Jeremy Stent’s domain. Food is served from 6pm to 10pm Tuesday to Sunday and Sunday lunch is from 1pm to 3pm. The menu is varied, with locally sourced ingredients, bought daily, and home-made desserts that you will wish you had left room to be able to eat two. The kitchen is equipped with a pizza oven and the dough is made freshly every day and available for takeaway. Sunday lunch has proved to be a real favourite with the locals and is always booked up in advance. Rare roast sirloin of beef, unless otherwise stated, with crispy home-made Yorkshires filled with gravy and fresh vegetables. Priced at €16.50 for two courses and I am told they rarely get anybody who can manage three! The wine list is ever changing and boasts of many fine wines from the area.

Soon every Friday there will be live music from solo guitarists to Flamenco shows by local dancers. Call on 671 272 464 or www.facebook.com/restauranteventaalfaix.

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