After check-in at our hotel and first explorations of the city centre, we felt to take a little rest in a café.
We decided on Cafeteria Las Vegas, as the outdoor terrace was packed with people enjoying the sun. Nevertheless we prefered to sit inside, where it was much cooler and relaxed.
The interior is equipped with a large bar and decorated with several interesting photos of the city.
We shared a portion of Churros, which are usually served with a dark drinking chocolate, but this time we only orded the churros. They are long shaped fried dough fingers. With 1,70 Euro I found the portion relatively cheap. A medium coffee cost 1,30 Euro.
Due to its central location, the Cafeteria Las Vegas is a good place for people watching. Service was attentive and quick.
At around 20:45 h we started to look for a decent restaurant for dinner. As it was a Sunday evening in early May, most places were either already closed or empty.
So the choice came down to only the Restaurante Sidreria Casa Gaspar, where at least a few people were sitting near the bar. At around lunchtime this place was packed with people, so it didn't seem to be the worst place. The restaurant has an outdoor terrace with views of the church of Santa Maria Magdalena. As the evening was a bit chilly we took a table inside.
We were actually the only people having dinner, but this wasn't a problem. Our waiter was friendly and tried to explain the menu. I opted for the "menu de noche", which was a set meal consisting of a first and a second course as well as bread, desert and either water or wine to drink. For both courses there was choice of 2 or 3 meals. For only 10 Euro this was a great deal.
To drink I ordered a Spanish red wine. As first course I took the Fabada Asturiana, which is popular local bean stew. This was followed by homemade beef meatballs (Albondigas de Ternera Caseras) as second course. Ice cream on a stick was my choice for desert.
The "menu de noche" is derived from the "menu del dia", which is an economical way to have a complete lunch for a set price. During our two weeks in Northern Spain, our experience was that the "menu del dia" was often available for dinner as well.
My "menu de noche" at the Restaurante Sidreria Casa Gaspar was both good value and very tasty.
Like most basic accommodation in Spain, also our Hotel didn't offer any breakfast. So we had breakfast in Café La Villa just next door to our hotel.
Café La Villa is a typical Spanish cafe with a long bar inside and an outdoor terrace. It was well frequented that morning by both locals and tourists.
We opted for their breakfast special (desayuno) for 3,50 Euro. It included either coffee or tea, a natural orange juice and either a pintxo or baguette.
As dinner in Spain is usually eaten not much before 21:00 h, we decided to sit down for an early evening drink in the Cafe Bar River and enjoy the last rays of sunlight.
The cafe has several tables just in front of the building from where we could also do some peole watching. I ordered a shandy, which came as a bottle of San Miguel beer and a half-full glass of lemonade. Together with another softdrink the bill was 3,40 Euro.
In the late afternoon we took a break from walking around the town in the Cafeteria El Pedral. It is a small place with only a few tables outside in the pedestrianised street.
A small selection of pintxos was presented inside at the bar. Pintxos (or pinchos) are the Northern Spanish version of tapas, but they usually come with a toothpick or small skewer. They are just perfect for a quick snack during the day.
We ordered our two pintxos and two drinks inside at the bar. We directly paid the bill of 6,50 Euro for the 4 items and then took a seat outside in the shade of the buildings. My pintxo was a small bread roll with a cold piece of breaded pork and it was just the perfect snack I needed at this time of the day.
We've visited Spain several times now and I can remember very few meals we have had, we usually end up having a snack in many different bars, we call it a tapas crawl1 Ribadesella was no different, a wet Monday evening and the Covadonga restaurant had tempted us earlier but it was closed when we left our room so a crawl it was! All places we visited were friendly offering tasty snacks, especially remember "hansa" and garlic mushrooms.
Hotel restaurant was open when we arrived home, too full up and a little wobbly to go in though, shame it looks good, maybe some other time?
Love sidra too!