Jerez de la Frontera – Eating & Drinking North of the Centre

I’ve written several posts on Jerez. You’ll find the index here. Google map here.

Another of Alejandro’s suggestions. Google translates the name as ‘farmhouse grape juice brick maker’! It’s one of several ‘cortijos’ that are just outside the city limits. I got a taxi there and walked back without too much trouble.

Cortijo Mosto Tejero (Elementary B+), 2 Ctra. Trebujena,, Tel:+34 659 74 34 14

Very rustic and traditional, next to the road but with no other buildings around. There’s seating on plastic chairs inside and a terrace outside where I sat in the February sun.

I had a glass of Oloroso sherry from Rio Viejo while I made my choices (B).


The first dish was Ajo Campero, a very local dish made principally with day old breadcrumbs, tomatoes, green pepper, garlic and olive oil and garnished here with grilled red pepper, boiled egg and a thick wedge of radish. It’s yet another Spanish recipe that uses up old bread and it’s very filling.


I could have stopped eating after the heavy Ajo Campero but I’d come here to try Tagarninas Esparragadas, the tagarninas being the strange spiny plant I’d seen in the market (see my Things to See post). It translates as ‘Spanish thistle’ although it’s not in the thistle family.

Esparragadas refers I think to it being cooked in spices; cumin (showing an Moorish influence?) and paprika and fried with olive oil, garlic and yet more breadcrumbs. Here they also put a fried egg on top. It’s a very particular taste, and I’m not sure I’m keen on it (C) but it was an interesting food experience.


A good place to go for rustic food on a sunny day!

Pics from November 2015.

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