Restaurante Sobrino de Botín
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Restaurante Sobrino de Botín information
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 asado (roast suckling pig; €25) and cordero asado (roast lamb; €25) 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 (€75) run for 45 minutes from 12.15pm and 7pm, and include a six-course lunch or dinner and a small ceramic gift.