Restaurante Sobrino de Botín

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Restaurante Sobrino de Botín information

Location
Madrid , Spain
Address
Calle de los Cuchilleros 17
Telephone
+34 91 366 42 17
Getting there
Metro: La Latina, Sol
More information
www.botin.es
Prices
mains €19-27
Opening hours
1-4pm & 8pm-midnight
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It’s not every day that you can eat in the oldest restaurant in the world (the Guinness Book of Records has recognised it as the oldest – established in 1725). The secret of its staying power is fine cochinillo (€24.60) and cordero asado (€24.60) cooked in wood-fired ovens. Eating in the vaulted cellar is a treat.

Yes, it's filled with tourists. And yes, staff are keen to keep things ticking over and there's little chance to linger. But the novelty value is high and the food excellent.

The restaurant. has also appeared in many novels about Madrid, most notably Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and Frederick Forsyth's Icon and The Cobra . Much of this history is told in tours run by Insider's Madrid . The tours run for 45 minutes from 12.15pm and 7pm, cost €75, and include a six-course lunch or dinner and a small ceramic gift.