The villages of Navacerrada and Cercedilla, less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of Madrid have become well known not only for the gorgeous nature that they are immersed in, but also for their excellent quality of gastronomic fair.
These two mountain towns are beautiful getaways year-round. In the summer they are perfect escapes from the scorching heat bouncing off of the pavement in Madrid. As the season turns, these towns turn into winter wonderlands, with snow, skiing and outdoor charm. For details on what activities you can do in Navacerrada and Cercedilla, see our article here.
The question is never if there is anywhere good to eat in either of these towns which are famous for excellent food and quality prices. The question really is which of the numerous places will you choose and have you made your reservation yet?
Where to eat in Navacerrada
For such a small town there is a large collection of restaurants, and most of them have excellent quality of food in beautiful settings. Here is a rundown of a few of Travelling Around Spain’s personal favourites.
For a relaxing atmosphere combined with excellent fusion style food, you can never go wrong at the El Reloj restaurant. In days gone by El Reloj was actually a type of barn where hay and straw was stored. The only thing that remains of that setting is the elegant high ceilings and beautiful stone walls. Everything else has been converted into an elegant charm. The chef prides herself in serving only what is in season and fresh from the market that day. The menú depends on what is available on the market, and this guarantees two things—freshness and originality. During the week you can get a “menú el dia” for only 13.90 €, which includes two courses, bread, drink and coffee or dessert.
Telephone: 91 842 8830
For more information on El Reloj, you can read our full review here.
Terraza Jardin Felipe
The Terraza Jardin Felipe has been serving fantastic food in Navacerrada to satisfied customers for close to 30 years. It is set in an older traditional stone house which has converted the patio into a calming botanical garden restaurant setting.
The service is warm and welcoming and the food uses local ingredients and traditional dishes from the area including “la brasa” which is a flamed grilled technique that is similar to a barbeque. The menú offers a large variety of dishes—including a few family recipes that have been so popular they have been served continually since the restaurant opened—as well as a number of seasonal and ever changing dishes. The Terraza Jardin Felipe offers gluten free and celiac options for those with gluten issues. This isn’t always an easy find in Spain, so well appreciated when you can find it.
Telephone: 91 853 10 41
You can read our full review on The Terraza Jardin Felipe here
I am now writing on reviews of others as I have never eaten El Rumba. All of the reviews on Trip Advisor give top marks for food and service, though, so I feel safe recommending it. El Rumba serves traditional Spanish cuisine from the local area, and according to the comments have “culinary talent and understanding.”
Telephone: 91 856 0405
Where to eat in Cercedilla
I fell in love with the town of Cercedilla from the moment I first saw it. I tried to convince my husband to get me out of the city and live in this quiet little mountain village which seemed to me and ideal place to raise our family. I lost the argument, but it doesn’t stop me from returning frequently to take in the smell of the pine trees, walk through the natural park and enjoy the nature at Madrid’s doorstep. Enjoying all that nature always makes a person hungry, so it is a good thing there are so many restaurants in the town to keep one satisfied before having to head back and face the city.
This is a storybook restaurant that sits along the river and is always full. It has been on my radar to go for some time as it has been highly recommended. A couple of times we have tried to go but without reservations and it was impossible to get in. All of this tells me that it must be an excellent choice.
Telephone: 918 52 02 44
El Asador De Angel
After a day in the mountains what could be better than a warm welcoming atmosphere with excellent food? Just a note, if you are craving the famous roasted lamb you may want to make reservations to make sure that you won’t be disappointed as it is a menu option that disappears quickly.
Web: Asador de Angel
Telephone: 91 852 3865
This traditional family restaurant serves a wide range of dishes. You can enjoy dining in, or order take-away.
Telephone: (34) 91 852 1717
Excellent reviews on Trip Advisor
Telephone: 91 852 3439
Eating at the Casa Ochoa is like heading to your grandma’s house for some good home cooking.
Telephone: 609 02 96 99
Navacerrada and Cercedilla are both beautiful outdoor adventure towns with fabulous places to eat. Only 45 minutes from Madrid, these are both fantastic getaways to escape for some traditional mountain cuisine.
Do you have a favourite restaurant in either Navacerrada or Cercedilla that you would like to see added to this list? If so, please leave your comments below.
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