Everyone should try dining out at Lhardy, this timeless Madrid institution, which has hosted politicians, dignitaries and royalty in the same elegant and formal surroundings since it opened in 1839.
It has managed to retain its status to this day, largely as a result of its signature dish, the cocido madrileño. It’s Madrid’s trademark stew, and was the everyday meal in the city’s homes from the 17th until the mid-20th century. The type of meat used would vary depending on the family budget, and sometimes simply on what was available. Here, at Lhardy, you’ll only get the best, of course. If you want a lighter bite to eat, there’s a delightful and rather grand tapas bar and patisserie downstairs.