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Mesón de Cándido

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Mesón de Cándido Review

Cándido began life as an inn near the end of the 18th century and was declared a national monument in 1941. It's one of the first historic buildings you see as you pass under the aqueduct and enter Segovia. Inside, there's a medley of small, irregular dining rooms decorated with a hodgepodge of memorabilia. Amid the dark-wood beams and Castilian knickknacks hang photos of celebrities who have dined here, among them Ernest Hemingway and Princess Grace. The original owner's son now runs the place. The cochinillo (piglet), roasted in a wood-fire oven, is a great choice, and partridge stew and roast lamb are also memorable, especially on cold winter afternoons. Ask for a table near a window, with a view of the aqueduct, just a few feet away. It's best to book online. If you don't have time for a full meal, there's also excellent tapas service at the bar.

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Updated: 06-13-2013

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    Really good food well cooked!

    We went to Madrid for 7 days in December and went back to Segovia on Saturday for spend the day. In fact, we had eaten twice at this restaurant on a previous visit to Segovia, four years ago. And we will be there again next month for sure.
    This is the typical restaurant that gets the attraction of those looking for a mix between history and good food. Their food is very well cooked and served in a rustic place with a very good atmosphere.
    We heard tons of different languages inside, as several tourists go there to enjoy. In fact, all the waiters speak English at least.
    We have ordered castellona soup and beans, which is their speciality. For mains, sparkling pig and lamb.
    I had a portion of suckling pig, 28 days old, roasted till its skin is golden. We had a bottle of really good wine and fresh water. For dessert, a kind of local cake and cheese. And a free liquer we had to finish!
    Finally, the cost was 92 €, which a really good balance between the price and the quality of the service and the food. This place is really great!!

    by LouDareR, 1/27/13
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    Good choice

    Staying at this city is like to make a time machine trip, as all the enviroment is quiteful, very nice, very clear and with so many things to do. This restaurant is like a museum, taking into apart the quality and the taste of the food, very good to enjoy with the family. People used to speak in English and let you advice by the team, as they will recommend you the most typical dishes of the city.

    by johncorrell, 1/8/13
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    El rey del cochinillo

    Segovia è una città splendida e la meson de Candido è un punto di riferimento. Ho conosciuto Don Candido tanti anni fa. Bello rubicondo e simpatico.Il suo locale tipico era meta di turismo culinario.Il re di Spagna era spesso ospite. IL piatto forte,fra i tanti,era ed è ancora il maialino da latte.Il migliore al mondo. Candido lo portava in tavola intero e lo divideva in parti con un piatto usato come un coltello. Grandi mangiate e grandi bevute in una antica casa di Segovia molto tipica e accogliente.

    by fabbimit, 12/13/12
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    Don't miss this old fashionable restaurant in the center of Segovia

    I've been told by a friend to go to Segovia to visit the city. Finally we went some weeks ago and I have to recognise that the city is very impressive. To get lunch, we went to Meson da Candido, a very old building from the 18th. It is like a museum. Very good design. All the service we met spoke English and it make easier the job of choose the meal. Finally, they recommended us to eat the segovian cochinilo. Very good!!

    by PaccoFuente, 12/8/12
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    Meson de Candido is Absolutely recommendable

    We've been at Segovia a couple of months ago. The entire family enjoyed the city: spectacular and so fashionable. For getting lunch, we have been recommended by a local police Meson de Candido. After testing the food and know the restaurant, there's no doubt about where to go if you are visiting this city. We've loved the roast "cochinillo", just a kind of a little pig but cooked in a special manner. Don't loose their multiple rooms and the design of the building, close (very close) to the Acueducto. Really recommendable.

    by worldtravelling, 12/7/12
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    Extremely disappointing

    This was not a top restaurant. It is tired, old, and past its prime. The bathrooms were just sad. The food was very old fashioned and really not very good. I ordered duck on a pear puree and received overcooked meat on a pile of I don't know what (I think it was mayonnaise), with a little mashed pear under the mayo. For dessert my husband ordered a rice pudding and received what can only be described as a soupy gruel. I ordered chocolate cake and received a heavy, hot, tasteless lump on the plate just drenched in chocolate sauce. This place should NOT be starred in your guidebook!!!

    by AvaN, 1/26/09

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