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Mallorca restaurants: Celler sa Premsa

A country restaurant in the city

You've all probably heard the exaggerated claim that 90% of restaurants fail in their first year of existence and though false, the reality is that 25% close or change hands in their first year and by the third year this rises to 60%. So, with these figures in mind it's incredible to think that the rustic styled Celler sa Premsa restaurant in Palma is celebrating its diamond anniversary this year!

Opened by Antonio Mayol in May 1958, the restaurant is still going strong 60 years later and still maintains its charming country air with huge wine barrels lining the walls, beamed ceilings and rustic tables and chairs laid out canteen style which all give it a tavern like atmosphere.

Its founder, a banker by trade, had the idea to open a typical Mallorcan country restaurant in Palma to cash in on the tourist boom which was in its infancy. Though with no experience of restaurants Antonio Mayol had enough business sense to realise that if he provided good simple dishes at reasonable prices with friendly service not only would people come, but they would return time after time.

It was a winning formula. Celler sa Premsa has survived through the many different phases of tourism in Mallorca and is still owned and run by Antonio's family and just looking at the photos (website and Facebook) of the place and the food it's easy to see why.

The menu includes many typical Mallorcan and rustic Spanish dishes; Mallorcan Frito, Tumbet, Snails, fired eggs and sobrassada, roast baby lamb,suckling pig, rabbit with onions, tongue with capers, griddled quail, fish, seafood, steaks, and Paellas, all accompanied with wine from a large selection of Mallorcan and Spanish brews. A three course Menu del Dia with bread, olives and wine at lunchtime will set you back a mere €12.95, and if you just fancy a nibble, you can choose a tapa or two with a cold frosty beer.

So, if you're after some hearty Mallorcan food whilst in sophisticated Palma, head for the Celler sa Premsa at Plaça Obispo Berenguer de Palou, 8 (Tel. 971 723 529) like so many others – including Julio Iglesias and King Felipe VI – have done before you.

Open 07:30 – 23:30

Closed Sunday