You are certainly in for a treat with this one. The stunning restaurant, wedding and event venue, Mons Calpe, is situated at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar and has panoramic views of two continents and two oceans.
On a clear day you can see the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Ceuta in North Africa. On the other side of the restaurant you can view the beautiful Spanish coastline and views stretching out miles into the Atlantic Ocean. It is simply breathtaking.
Top this all off with a tranquil setting, Michelin star worthy food and unparalleled service and you have one very good reason to travel to the top of the Rock.
Although the Rock is accessible by car it is advisable to get the MH Bland cable car to enjoy your brunch, lunch or event at Mons Calpe. You can park easily at the foot of the Rock and there is free parking and a free cable car ride for all customers. The cable car ride itself is good fun as you are hoisted 426m (or 1,398 ft) and you can enjoy great views of Gibraltar and a great experience – if any guests are afraid of heights do not fear – the ride lasts less than 5 minutes and regularly undergoes rigorous mechanical checks.
Once you reach the top you are usually welcomed by the famous Gibraltar monkeys who have resided happily on the Rock for thousands of years. It is estimated that there are 300 Barbary Macaques there at present living in 5 troops at the Nature Reserve and upper part of the Rock. They are cheeky monkeys though – be warned. On our visit a pair of red shoes were removed from a tourist’s Harrods bag! While the shirt and trousers were thrown down – this particular Macaque seemed to take quite a shining to this bright footwear. They are usually friendly however and are only on the search for food so don’t be alarmed!
On our arrival to the restaurant we were greeted with a warm welcome by staff and shown to our seats in the main restaurant which had impressive floor to ceiling glass windows. The interior is charming including marble, wood and lots of natural elements – the result is chic yet homely.
There is a great selection on the Mons Calpe menu – so something to suit everyone. Among the impressive starters, which change monthly, you can sample delights such as Goats Cheese Panna Cotta, Chicken Liver Parfait and Celariac, Walnut and Apple Veloute.
We opted to share the Smoked, Poached and Cured Salmon Terrine with Mixed Leaf, Asparagus and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Yoghurt Dressing, which was fantastic – a great mix of flavours of the salmon went perfectly with the crisp, fresh salad. From the Quick Bites menu we also shared the Beef Slider Burgers which were cooked perfectly and beautifully presented on long slate dishes.
For the Main Course we went for the Braised Beef Cheeks with Horseradish Mash, Winter Vegetables with Red Wine and Tarragon Essence. The Beef was soft and succulent and the jus so flavoursome – a great winter warmer meal with lots of healthy vegetables and the horseradish kick to the mash was a great touch. Our other taster went for the Garlic Chicken Kiev which was a whole fresh chicken breast with plenty of garlic butter filling with a crispy breadcrumb coating accompanied with Dauphinoise Potatoes.
On recommendation from our waiter on white wines we went for the House Sauvignon which was light and crisp and went perfectly with the meal.
For dessert, feeling rather nicely full, we opted to share the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce and Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream. This was well worth tasting and was a perfect finale to the fantastic meal.
All in all our trip to the Top of the Rock was exceptional. A great day out combined with the fun of the trip to the Rock’s summit, a terrific three-course meal with fabulous service that exceeded all our expectations. We will definitely be back soon. See you up there!
Mons Calpe Suite is open every Tuesday to Sunday for Brunch and Lunch from 10.30am to 4pm. The event space is available to hire for weddings and private functions in the afternoons and evenings. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.monscalpesuite.com.