Calle Gonzalo Robles, 49
What a gorgeous hole Pension Alpujarrena was to find and how lucky we were to find it!
We arrived into a cold and slightly damp and grey, post-rain Orgiva in order to watch the Semana Santa procession. We arrived hours too early having been provided duff info by a clearly mad pensioner and had muchos horas to murder and needed somewhere to eat where we could get something vegetarian, feed our much loved poocho – Sweep Osito – and not have to eat patatas bravas for the millionth time this lifetime. Pension Alpujarrena fulfilled on all counts.
Hidden away in a little Spanish mews is the tiled courtyard to Pension Alpujarrena where you can sit amidst orange and lemon trees and under creeping vines, whilst flamenco sounds ooze from the exterior speakers. Inside is cosy with a woodburner and red drapes but as Sweep was on of the party (as always) we opted to sit outside.
The staff at Pension Alpujarrena are friendly as anything and immediately began setting up an outdoor table for us.
Best of all, Pension Alpujarrena has a vegetarian menu! This includes vegetable soup, green peppers, vegetarian paella, frites, patatas bravas (who knew?!), avocado salad, gazpacho, tortillas (vegetable, Spanish, mushroom), and steamed vegetables.
If you order bread, it will come with the most amazing garlic butter which is mostly garlic and the paella is delicious and some of the best we’ve tried in Spain.
Sweep enjoyed a rather lovely (his woofs not mine) chicken breast with patatas frites. Sweep doesn’t eat dog food as it’s usually full of crap and so he generally gets raw bones or home-made chicky soup.
We didn’t stay at the pension, but I imagine the rooms are basic, rustic and a little bit delightful judging by the restaurant.
Lovely place Pension Alpujarrena. A vegetarian menu is a rare find in this part of the world.