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El Meson de San Martin
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We were staying south of Salamanca and decided we needed to venture into the mountains at least once, even though our daughter gets car sick. We drove south to Bejar and checked out Candelario. It was a little creepy there - totally deserted with large barking dogs, and the kind of place where the locals stare at you a lot - although the older village buildings are interesting. We then turned west and drove through the glorious Sierra de la Francia region to San Martin del Castanar which my husband was determined to see. The drive was really lovely, and by the time we arrived we were starving. Spanish towns have a way of looking closed even when the bars and restaurants are actually open, so it takes a bit of poking around to find what you need. We found El Meson de San Martin by accident, and since it was nearly full we decided to give it a try. We had a superb meal there for Euros 10 per head including bottled water, very good house red, three courses and coffee. Our cheery young waiter spent ages trying to communicate the menu for us (our Spanish is shocking) and we had a lovely long lunch. Puddings are nothing special, but they are home made and presentation is very good. The village is very pretty and has its own bull ring - now a storage space for building supplies as an adjacent historic site is being renovated. Recommended.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

San Martin de Castanar is one of the many lovely historic villages in this part of Spain - with ancient half-timbered houses, delightful squares and a beautiful setting, nestled in the heart of the stunning Sierra de la Francia which at this time of year (June) was covered in vibrant wild lavender.

After walking around the village for some time, we were ready for a hearty lunch and came across El Meson de San Martin by chance. A hearty lunch was what we wanted - and a hearty lunch was what we most definitely got!! Without doubt, the highlight of this highly enjoyable three course 'menu del dia' lunch was the main course or segundo plato: an enormous serving of tender roast suckling pig, beautifully roasted in the traditional country style. Together with a tasty starter, lovely dessert, fresh bread and glass of good house wine - all for just 10 Euros each - this made for a great value lunch, enjoyed in a comfortable and attractive dining room with service from a friendly, thoughtful young waiter with a smile on his face throughout. Great stuff. The best meal we had during this holiday. Very highly recommended.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Found this restaurant by chance whilst visiting this area - first visited La Alberca a beautiful village suggested by the tourist office in Salamanca. Bought lots of local produce in a shop there and they suggested visiting San Martin for a meal as we were too early to eat in La Alberca.
What a lovely suggestion after meeting a man and his dog in the village square of San Martin and buying a bonsai tree off his cart we asked him where to eat and he suggested El Meson.
We had two menu del dias with wine and water for the total sum of 20 euros!! The service was brilliant all served with a terrific smile. Quite a long way from Javea for Sunday lunch but one day we will be back!

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We had an outstanding meal at El Meson! We visited the village on a Sunday, went to make a reservation for 2:30 when we arrived about 10 as we know Sundays are always busy at good restaurants. The chef said he had a large group then, but could accommodate us at 1:30. We appreciated the fact that he did not have to take us at all, but made room for us. The menu of the day was wonderful--pork cheeks for my husband and a beef stew for me...both wonderful. The service was excellent.

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