Maderuelo, Segovia: Eating at the Templars

Exterior patio of the Los Templarios restaurant, attached to the old medieval wall
Exterior patio of the Los Templarios restaurant, attached to the old medieval wall

You do not always have the opportunity to savor the delicacies of the land, in one of those old houses where the ancient Knights Templar devoted themselves to the task of guarding weapons in the nearby hermitage of Vera Cruz and, at the same time, attending to the pilgrims who came to town, exhausted from the harshness and dangers of the roads.

The main entrance: the threshold of an old Romanesque house
The main entrance: the threshold of an old Romanesque house

It could be said that eating in one of these places is something like an adventure through the elusive chapters of History, where one can find again the traditional gastronomy, possibly less showy in terms of its preparation, but without a doubt, always creditable. to the appreciation of the palate.

Overview of the interior of the restaurant
Overview of the interior of the restaurant

Nor do the torrid summers of Castile invite you to eat excessively, especially if the intention is to continue making the way and abandon yourself to the adventure along those infernal country roads, where even the cicadas seem reluctant to raise their antennae, beyond the parched ones. clods of charred earth, under whose shade they shelter.

Observe, in the window of Mudejar traces, a solar disk
Observe, in the window of Mudejar traces, a solar disk

Good consistency and easy to chew until almost melting in the mouth, some cod stuffed peppers and ham croquettes can be excellent starters to make your palate.

Peppers stuffed with cod
Peppers stuffed with cod

And secondly, it is always highly recommended to go to the raw material of the land, where the lamb chops, with their corresponding garnish of fried potatoes and just in case, an adequate supply of small piquillo peppers (spicy), of which always, at least one will bite so much that it will test the endurance capacity of the most enthusiastic diner, to the point that they may change the wine or beer they are drinking, for a good supply of water, which will not only clear them, but also it will ensure good guidance on those ways of God, which are a whole world to discover, as that great chronicler Rudyard Kipling used to say.

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Foreground

Of course, he is always accompanied by that waking ally, which is always coffee and which will help to keep the senses alert.

Ham croquettes, with a small salad garnish
Ham croquettes, with a small salad garnish

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Suckling lamb chops, chips and hot piquillo peppers
Suckling lamb chops, chips and hot piquillo peppers

just coffee
just coffee

Old Mudejar window: note in the middle, a funerary stele with the Kicked Temple cross
Old Mudejar window: note in the middle, a funerary stele with the Kicked Temple cross

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