Tucked behind the Diana and Atenea commercial centres just west of Benahavís is the charming El Campanario Golf & Country House. This special venue is set in a tranquil setting surrounded by natural vegetation. There is a nine-hole golf course which has had a “foot golf” course built into it, as well as a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and gym – and a wonderful restaurant spearheaded by talented their chef. Home & Lifestyle Magazine was lucky enough to be invited to try out some of their specialities and, of course, we thought it would be nothing but rude to turn the invitation down…
On arrival we are greeted by the charismatic maître d’. He tells us how he has worked there for four years and thoroughly enjoys his work – this we could tell! He seemed quite a favourite with the clients and had a good rapport with his colleagues, who also all seemed to be eminently happy in their work.
The El Campanario restaurant is truly the ideal venue for any kind of diner or group, whether you are a romantic couple, family or party of friends. The decoration is elegant with its white tablecloths and sophisticated touches but it is also homely and welcoming with numerous tropical references.
There are paintings of zebras and Balinese inhabitants, as well as zigzag printed upholstery to give an Amazonian feel. The overall design embraces its natural surroundings with plenty of natural wood, grassy chandeliers over the peripheral tables, and oversized windows to allow you to fully enjoy the natural beauty outside.
There is a bar and lounge area with a fireplace where you can enjoy pre and after dinner drinks in a cosy environment. There is also a beautiful patio area for al fresco dining that looks out over the garden and outdoor pool, with a chill-out area to the right. If there is a nip in the air, there are heaters on hand so you can still enjoy the outdoors in comfort.
We were treated to a heavenly crab crème brûlée with king prawns and avocado as well as a perfectly flaky pie which was filled with unctuous mushrooms and placed upon thin slices of flavoursome duck. We were then brought a grilled fillet of beef served with serrano ham and cheese croquettes and a muscatel sauce, plus a sea bass fillet with a gratin and rocket sauce served in a cockle and stir-fried cassava sauce. To finish the gastronomic extravaganza, we dived into a plum and apple crumble with a red wine berry coulis.
The chef really does show off his talents with his menu, as everything was cooked to absolute perfection and all the dishes were extremely well thought-out. From Tuesday to Saturday there is a lunch menu where you can enjoy two courses plus a glass of wine, beer or soft drink for just €17.95 per person. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner. On Thursday nights there is live music and on Fridays and Saturdays they have a Spanish flamenco guitarist. For Sunday lunch, El Campanario has an outstanding offer where you can choose three courses for just €16.50.
El Campanario Golf & Country House
Calle Priorato, Estepona
Reservations (recommended): (+34) 952 904 233