Time for a change, instead of heading south to the coast, we drove north inland slightly, to the nearby ancient town of Antequera. We enjoyed a morning of ambling through the streets, window shopping, coffee sipping, monument and church visiting. Cobbled streets and beautiful architecture, adorned with traditional geraniums, overflowing from their terracotta pots, gives the town a deep Andalucian air.
We decided to delve a little deeper for our obligatory lunch stop, and came across the wonderful Caserio de San Benito just a flew more clicks up the main A45 heading north.
This delightful cortijo stands proud and welcoming, with courtyard filled with olive trees, and thrashing ground. On entering the restaurant, you are taken back to a bygone era, the dining room is beautifully laid and boasts antiques and regalia of this agricultural area.
Welcoming staff greeted us, and recommended dishes. The house white wine was perfectly chilled and served in a deliciously large measure. Warm bread, crackers and Ensaladilla Rusa was served while we chose the Menu del dia and were not disappointed. Our main courses of lamb cooked on wood fire with garlic, and Secreto Iberico, were rich and tasty. We shared a pud with two spoons, a decadent home made cherry cheesecake, YUM. Two cafe solos were need to get us up and out of this wonderful place, we could’ve have sat there all afternoon.
We shall return, and no doubt take many guests from La Rosilla and recommend to others.