A quaint little restaurant that has been serving up delicious food for nearly 300 years, Madrid’s El Sobrino de Botín, has been recognised by the Guiness Book of Records as the ‘world’s oldest restaurant’, and it continues to turn on the charm today.
Commonly known as Restaurant Botin, the dining spot was founded in 1725 (with a signed Norris McWhirter certificate to prove it) and set the benchmark for traditional Spanish cuisine through its delivery of beautifully prepared Castilian dishes.
Today, it attracts travelers from around the world, and continues to offer delicious roasts including the old Spanish favourite Cochinillo (suckling pig), perfectly cooked Cordero (lamb) and amazing Almejas (clams). The restaurant also offers a broad selection of hors d’oeuvres including Iberian ham (a Spanish favourite), roast red peppers and codfish, croquettes and black sausage, as well as a range of vegetable and egg side dishes, and hearty homemade soups. The menu is complemented by a healthy wine list that includes drops from Spain, Italy and France.
This authentic Spanish cuisine is served up in an equally spellbinding atmosphere, with El Sobrino de Botín boasting a rustic interior with small cloth covered tables and wooden chairs, dim lighting, traditional Spanish art and several nooks and crannies that have withstood the test of time.
Guests have ranged from Hemingway to the painter Goya to countless European royalty, and it remains very popular with visitors, locals and especially Spanish politicians. Conveniently close to the city's central Plaza Mayor, its four floors are packed with diners every night of the week, making reservations a must. El Sobrino de Botín was included in Forbes List ‘10 Classical Restaurants’, and as they rightly said ‘no visit to the Spanish capital would be complete without a delicious meal here, which also makes diners a part of living history’, so get involved!
To find out more about El Sobrino de Botín and make a booking visit; www.botin.es. Though it is not the cheapest dining establishment in Madrid (meals are around the 40 euro mark), it will definitely offer a unique experience and a night to remember