CAVALL VERD, VALL DE LAGUAR 687281250
Vall de Laguar contains the three villages of Campell, Fleix and Benimaurell – all three overlooked by the mountain called Cavall Verd, which would loosely translate as Saddleback in English. Cavall Verd restaurant is well appointed and is strategically located between the first two villages with great views over the rooftops of Campell all the way down to Denia and the twinkling Mediterranean.
One of the principal crops in the valley is cherries and the harvest was in full swing when we called in for lunch. The menu del día costs €11 but does not include any drinks.
An appetiser of homemade pates was provided whilst we made our selection.
First on the list was an unlikely gazpacho of cherries and goat´s cheese, and it proved to be delicious.
The less adventurous of us had homemade croquetas which were good too. For main course our selection was an outstading cod and leek pie, an acceptablelasagne and a substantial pork knuckle roasted with honey. Some of our members felt that the accompanying vegetables could have been warmer.
The wines selected by our host were Darsena Verdejo from Rueda (€8) and a Ribero del Duero called Senderillo also priced at a modest €8.
Our desserts were pumpkin pie with chocolate, coffee flan with orange and as they were in season, cherries in a red wine sauce. Including coffees our detour into cherry country cost €16.35 p.p.