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The "Guiri" Gourmet

The "Guiri" Gourmet likes his food. He eats well at home, as his wife is an outstanding cook, but they also like to dine out or go on a "tapas" tour. This blog is about some of their experiences, both in Spain and elsewhere.

Back to the “Bridge” – St George’s Day
Sunday, April 28, 2024 @ 1:04 PM

By The "Guiri" Gourmet

On St George’s Day, April 23, The Meter Maid and I dined at Restaurante La Cascada, the restaurant at Hotel Molino del Puente in Fuente de la Higuera, Ronda.

It was our first meal there for a while. Why? Mind your own business!

Suffice to say that the food was as good as ever, despite the fact that joint owner and chef, Ian Love, has retired from the kitchen.


New head chef

Cooking duties at the “Bridge” are now safely in the hands of "son-in-law" Tom O'Connor, a trained chef with substantial experience on the Costa del Sol and in Tenerife (Canary Islands).

Tom is pictured right with owners Ian and Elaine Love and daughter Carly Love, director of real estate agency Love Viviendas.

Rita and I sat outside on the sheltered terrace by the river Guadalcobacín for drinks and our starters, but, when the sun set and it turned quite chilly, we moved inside.

Several other diners followed suit.


Our “St George’s Day” meal

Rita started with a refreshing ensalada de pollo, tomates secos y anacardos and “mained” on filete de salmón fresco Tandoori.

I opted for two starters: falafel de garbanzos con raita and then tarta rellena de champiñones, puerro y aceite de trufa con ensalada.

For dessert we shared a home-made tarta de queso.

Drinks-wise I had two beers before the meal and two glasses of Vizcondesa, a Ronda red wine from Bodega Joaquín Fernandez. Rita had a cava to celebrate el Día de San Jorge (patron saint of England, Cataluña, Aragón and other countries and cities around the world), and then agua sin gas. Too much alcohol gives Rita gout and exacerbates the arthritis in her hands.


Our verdict?

The food was excellent as always. I thoroughly enjoyed both of my courses. Delicious and just the right quantities for me.

Rita was also pleased with her choices.

Our waiter was Ian, no longer in the kitchen, but having to “muck in” under the direction of the real boss, his wife Elaine Love.


© Paul Whitelock


Acknowledgements (Photos):

Ian Love

Karl Smallman

Paul Whitelock


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