Summer colour

Every year I learn a bit more about the garden and flowers and what works. This spring, I have realised 2 personal goals: to have a fig tree that produces and to have deep red scented roses climbing the stone walls. I’m really looking forward to summer and autumn, to watching the fruit and vegetables grow and to cooking great stuff with them. I’m particularly excited about the raspberries, blackcurrants, and of course figs, while kings of the vegetable patch look set to be aubergine, peppers and chilli plants.

New route to Ladines

I did this route about 3 years ago as part of the ‘Marcha Popular’ August celebrations but never really thought more about it until last week when my expert-walker part-time neighbour suggested we find it again: so we did. On a lovely early August morning we set off through Agues

The walk is best finished off with a coffee in the bar overlooking the hills like we did.

Food and drink Sobrescobio style

There are lots of great things about Spain and it seems kind of shallow to put food right up there, but if you love eating like I do, Spain is tops. It irks me that Italy is so constantly fauned over in the British press; cava and serrrano ham are easily equal to their Italian counterparts and when you get into the range of cured meats, cheeses and fresh produce, well, I’d hate to sound biased but…

What I love about Asturias in particular is the abundance of food you can get from within the region and how tied it all is to seasons. Right now we’re in asparagus season- the shops are full of it, it’s dirt cheap and delicious but in 2 weeks it’ll be gone, we’ve also got new potatoes and lettuces coming faster than you can eat them, but most important for my family is the fruit; we had 2 weeks of cherries, now it’s peaches and nectarines and when melon hits the market you know it’s time for swimming in the river. Then as a sweetener for the end of summer we get hit with plums, figs, blackberries, pears, apples, hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts not to mention the vegetable feast. And not to brag, but all of those fruits come from my village, I can pick them all within a 1km radius of my house. Add to that the locally reared pigs, sheep and chickens (and eggs),  cheese made in the next village and the apples for cider and it’s pretty much foodie heaven. So anyway, I’m getting distracted. I want to tell you where to eat fantastic, often locally produced, food in the area of Sobrescobio.

Soto de Agues:

Merendero El Molino del Alba. Only open in the summer. Catch your own trout (or have them do it). From river to plate in 15 minutes; it doesn’t get much fresher than that. Personal recommendation: try one of Eva’s homemade desserts too. I highly recommend her coffee cake (tarta de cafe).


Bar Casa Lao- home made food, great cider: a place to spend a pleasant moment

Restaurante El Fresnu- menu of the day from 8€ plus good tapas with friendly staff and indoor and outdoor eating.

Restaurante El Llaimo-specialising in Asturian dishes with a modern twist.

Albergue El Alba- serving a range of reasonably priced tapas

Wider Sobrescobio:

Merendero El Anzo- A really nice outdoor (and indoor) restaurant. Great food and service.  I personally recommend the chorizo in cider and the ‘cachopo’. Really comprehensive menu del dia for 20€

Restaurante La Puerta de Arrobio- highly recommeded restaurant specialising in ‘lamb a la estaca‘ and traditional Asturian food.