For years Casa Ochoa has been one of our favourite bars, located in Plaza Constitucion 28, Alhama de Granada. Founded in the middle of 1920s as a grocery store, it becomes a bar in 1950. Today, this genuine classic Andalucian bar has a great atmosphere thanks to the proprietors the kindest and accommodating couple Josephina and Paco and their staff.
It’s a bar for all seasons. In the winter the big wooden doors are closed protecting the clients from the inclement weather. In the inner room, a welcoming fire is burning.
For one or two tables in the main bar area they have placed hot olive wood embers – Braseros – in trays under the table, and a large thick table cloth, which extends down over your legs, keeping the cold drafts away and the heat from the embers keep you warm – Fabulous!
In the summer the doors are opened and tables laid up outside. In the late autumn Paco is serving their new young wines from their own vineyard for you to try with their tasty variety of food – go there and find out for yourself, you will not be disappointed.
First-time visit and if you are fearless, do as we do, ask Josephine to prepare a few medium plates (not large portions) of her recommendation together with a salad, bread and take it from there.
A small group of us went there early February this year, Fiesta del Vino in Alhama. We managed to get a table with a warming braseros, it was busy, busy. As usual, we asked the smiling Josephina to prepare a few medium plates of food together with wine. We were warm, eating tasty food and vine to drink, a magic combination.