RTE. EL PROGRÉS, PARCENT
It’s not often we get to have lunch in a theatre, particularly in a small country town like Parcent in the Vall de Pop. The Coop Agrícola in Parcent has a Local Social founded in 1915 that houses a bar/restaurant in a substantial sized theatre. The ceilings are high, the walls tiled and the acoustics deafening when the room is full of locals chattering away.
Apparently the running of the restaurant is for four years and we arrived for lunch when the new management had just that day taken over, so we were anticipating a bit of theatre. To be fair the new team of father and mother and their two daughters coped well.
There was no printed menu, however we were advised that there was a choice of three starters, three main courses, three desserts and a half bottle of wine for €11. In fact if it hadn’t been a holiday (All Saint’s day), but a normal weekday, the price would have been a remarkable €7.50.
We started with deep fried calamari rings with salad and grilled liver with salad. Both simple but tasty dishes.
For main course our choices were grilled fillet of pork and grilled chicken, both served with fries. Again simple but good.
Finally for dessert we had an excellent cheesecake and tiramisu. The wines selected were a disappointing Airen from the Felix Solis stable called Peñasol and a pleasant Rioja called Crin. As there was no price list we calculated that the wines cost €6 a bottle.
El Progrés offers remarkable value in an unusual setting and after the new team have settled in, they should do well. Cost p.p. €12.50.
WE REVISITED THIS RESTAURANT ON JULY 10; 2020 AND IT WAS MOVED UP TO 3 STARS !