We are opening again! So excited, busy hunting down PPE for staff, take-away containers for food and a million other things.

Tapas will be available to order on Friday and Saturday evenings. Orders and payment will be taken over the phone.

01437 751346.

Now that the beautiful gardens at Picton Castle are re-opening we will also have a lunch-time menu available for take aways and picnics in the gardens.

Really looking forward to welcoming you back to At Maria's.

It's that strawberry time of year again. Are you picking your own? Growing your own? Or just eating this delicious soft fruit.

Here's a quick, simple, refreshing idea for a strawberry themed desert, featured in our book, Tapas At Maria's.

How to spend a wonderfully warm spring summer evening: bottle of beautiful (sweet), chilled and very glamorous Lola, add a few wild strawberries and recline!

Lola available for sale at At Maria's.

Hi Maria! How are you getting on?

M: Hola! I'm still making bread, it makes me happy! I am missing cooking. Hope you are OK?

H: Yep, just about hanging in there with home education! Bet the gardens at Picton are wonderful at the moment?

M: Yes the garden is totally beautiful. I think we all need a pick-me-up! You remember when we went to my brother’s Café in Alberic, coffee with brandy at 10 O’clock on Sunday morning? Valencian people, we make everything OK with a bit of brandy coffee. .

H: That certainly woke me up!

M: Carajillo brandy, makes the best brandy coffee.

Un blanco y negro – a glass of milky ice coffee heavily scented with cinnamon

M: Another of my favourites is Un blanco y negro – a glass of milky ice coffee heavily scented with cinnamon which you drink though a straw.

H: You put brandy in everything! Blackberries and brandy, Lamb cooked in brandy, brandy when you’ve had a baby!!!!!!!

M: Haha – Brandy – totally, a pick-me-up!

A busy Sunday morning at my brother's bar in Alberic see how many are men? The women, they stay home with the children!

Look at them! My brother in the square in Alberic

Should you have any brandy kicking around, here's another idea we featured in the summer, blackberries in brandy

Beautiful gardens at Picton Castle

Words/photographs/illustrations© 2019 Helen  Lewis