On the ground floor of the Hotel Plateros can enjoy moments of relaxation and nature of Andalusian style in Taberna Seneca. La Taberna was founded in 1874. The building is 1857, so runs in forging canceled. Spacious ground floor with thick walls that bind heavy bows. Whitewashed walls, wooden counter the same color as the coffered ceilings, marble rectangular clay tiles. "How good is here!" As he wrote Pepe Cobos, "is also the Cordoba tavern as an extension of the home itself, because, fortunately, still is not contaminated by the architecture" functional "and affected by cement and glass . Those who visit for the first time are surprised his undoubted aspect of private home with your gate, their rooms, their small courtyard and lush jasmine at the entrance.
Long is the list of the illustrious visitors of this establishment: Fernando de los Rios, Largo Caballero, the Romero de Torres family, Martinez Barrios, Zuloaga, Garcia Lorca, José Maria Peman, Antonio Mairena, Ginés Liébana, Antonio Gala, Segundo Dominguez, Geoff Garvey, Adrián Pope, ... González Anaya (Los Naranjos de la Mezquita) located here the gathering of Los Legitimos, the one that dedicated an excellent and old wine to Seneca, of which they came to say: “If Nerón does not drink falerno but this smelly mound, its preceptor does not commit suicide ”.
It has this house, like all the taverns of the Silversmith Society, the popular and famous Peseta fine; the stacked Oro Viejo that deserves to be tested; a jewel among the PX that is the Sweet Gold and the gallant among the fine of Cordoba that is the fine Platinum, which sleeps in the 26 boots that are in the cellar of 1700 in a small gallery of Roman origin and a solid and rich collection of tapas, which are made in the small and modest kitchen under the careful supervision of Toni Cots.
From Lucio Anneo Seneca (the decapitated statue that stands in front of the main facade of this tavern, can be attributed to him), born in Cordoba 2,000 years ago, they say that very close to this square, this phrase is so often cited: “the wine washes our concerns wipe the soul to the deepest and among other virtues, it ensures the healing of sadness. ” Tradition tells, collected by José Ponferrada in his book Archeology and ancestry of the wines of Montilla, that the illustrious philosopher owned vineyard and winery in the Montilla term of which he supplied his Roman house with wines. The montillanos wines competed successfully with those that Seneca elaborated in the winery that it had in the vicinity of Rome and with those that it brought from other regions.
No olvide el lector, a lo largo de estos paseos, que al vino, ademas de darle mucha conversación, hay que empaparlo. Para eso esta la tapa que ofrece en extenso abanico de posibilidades gastronómicas, algunas llenas de ingenio. La costumbre de beber a palo seco déjela para iniciados. Pero, filosofemos un poco. Recomendaciones aparte, algo hay en el hábito cordobés de no acompañar el vino con alimentos que me hace pensar en la siguiente frase de Alejandro Dumas:”El vino es la parte intelectual de la gastronomía, la comida es solo la parte material”.