Lardhy - Madrid
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Romanticist beauty shop windows and mahogany from Cuba, maintain a refined and exclusive to invite to come and taste any of seasonal products offered at any time in his shop-floor bar, where you can grab a snack, drinking a Martini, a Rioja wine or a glass of Port or sherry, or even ascend to the upstairs room from where you access to the front door open on the street of San Jerónimo.
Store decor is kept intact since the day it was open to the public: two marble counters left and right, and bottom a console on which rests a fine wine shop and 'bouilloire' on which there is a great mirror that gives a more romantic setting.
Once the entrance to the rooms upstairs is passed over, we find the Elizabethan room, the white and the Japanese one's, which maintain the same level of comfort and taste as of the last century.
Despite the traditional style and refined way of doing things, Lardhy restaurant has also been a ground breaking with old habits and customs, it was the first restaurant to allow access for single women, was first imposed by the written menu, fixed prices and individual tables, all without doubt was a style that differed from the other inns and bakeries of the time.
Its famous dishes are: the stews, that have been serving for almost two hundred years to regular patrons, aristocrats, politicians and cultural figures.
The secret of Lardhy to be for a hundred years as one of the restaurants of reference for both locals and foreigners is definetly the way they take care of every detail on the table, in the preparation of dishes, the quality of raw materials and the excellent wine cellar in addition to fine pastries.
Lardhy restaurant is probably the most quoted in the spanish literature, having been the focus of gatherings for writers and cultural figures.
In their rooms, General Primo de Rivera was holding meetings with his ministers. King Alfonso XII use to escape from the palace to enjoy their cooking. In 1916 a famous spy, Mata Hari was arrested on leaving the restaurant. Writers Gómez de la Serna, Baroja and Azorín were honored in these halls. As a result of their meals and subsequent gatherings, brothers Alvarez Quintero, Jacinto Benavente and Carlos Arniches come together to promote these talkies.
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