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CASA RIPOLL,              ALTEA LA VELLA        965848068024

 ★★★☆☆ 

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Altea la Vella or Alta la Vieja as it used to be called, is a peaceful little village a few kilometres inland from its namesake of Altea. The magnificent Sierra Bernia provided a spectacular backdrop as we sat on the tranquil terrace of the family run Casa Ripoll, which is located on Cura Llinares.
The menu del día costs a modest €9 for three courses and a glass of wine. There was a choice of three starters, a dish of lentilles, a portion of paella or a pisto which was a selection of cooked vegetables sitting underneath a fried egg. 017

Good, honest, unpretentious fare. The house white was rather bland so our host order a bottle of the house red which was a very acceptable Faustino Rivero Ulecia from Rioja (€8.50).

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For main course we chose calamares á la romana and albondigas (meatballs), both good. The service was attentive and friendly, if a bit on the speedy side, so we took a break before moving on to the desserts. These were bought in rather than homemade and consisted of ice cream, flan or natillas.

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Our delightful lunch cost just €17 including coffees and brandy.
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