Two wonderful lunches with a family group of seven in early August.
El Panol is the first bar on the corner and easily missed amongst the more ostentatious establishments in this delightful square.
The proprietor and his lovely family are the real stars of this unpretentious and charming gem amidst the old streets of Avila. On the first occasion we sat outside under a parasol; on the second occasion we ate in the cosy and exquisitely decorated dining room.
On both occasions the owner made recommendations for food and wine and all were perfect. Throughout, he and his family were friendly and attentive to ensure that we had a great lunch. With pudding he served complimentary pudding wine and when I showed interest in its origin he offered another glass of his personal favourite.
The bar is famous locally for G&T and he took much pride in producing a complimentary golf fish bowl of gin on both occasions.
This is the sort of place that deserves to succeed because the family are clearly passionate about what they do. The food is wonderful but the people are truly special.
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