El Alfar

Spanish in Consuegra

Concentrating on exquisitely prepared La Mancha specialities, Consuegra’s most ambitious restaurant is also something of a museum, inhabiting an old ceramics workshop that was built over the ruins of the town’s ancient Roman circus. Ruined columns and capitals mingle with a profusion of pots, plants and trees in the expansive courtyard, while the decor indoors is equally museum-worthy.

It’s easy to forget you’re in a restaurant – until the food arrives. The three-course tasting menu includes dishes like partridge salad, migas (breadcrumbs, often cooked with chorizo and served with grapes) and a plethora of local wines (from the world’s largest wine-growing region, no less). Reservations are recommended.