The kitchen is based on Corfiot and Greek traditional recipes. Mousaka, sofrito, stiffado, briam and pastitsado are just some of the dishes available on a regular basis. The taverna has a very special atmosphere, whether spending lazy July evenings drinking cold beer under the vine on the roof terrace or partying inside on a busy May night, the place alive with locals and visitors, many of whom have been coming for years and wonder if it is their second home.
Maria and her mother Irini run the taverna and kitchen, helped by Maria’s brother Spiros, father Alex and aunt Despina. Grandmother Maria keeps a watchful eye over the kitchen! Enjoy fresh caught fish (usually once a week); homemade taramasalata; saganaki; chicken or lamb in the oven; a bowl full of horiatiki (Greek salad); souvlaki and lamb chops from the grill; and of course lashings of tsatsiki! The cocktail ‘Kristalia’ was invented here — and watch out for Despina’s B52s …!
Despina has double rooms and apartments to rent close to Spiros Taverna 97 and mini–market, about 50 metres down the road in the hamlet of Kellia.
All the rooms have a private bathroom and there is air–conditioning, central heating, TVs and wifi internet, plus kitchenettes with fridges (either private or shared). The rooms either have a private balcony or open on to the veranda – where jasmine, bouganvillea and roses grow. There is excellent off–road parking and great views from the back of the house of the mountains in the north of the island, including the Pantokrator.
The family have their own taxi business which can be booked for collection from the airport, and of course the sad business of return at the end of your stay! Despina can arrange car and scooter hire for your stay.
The rooms are 200 metres or so in each direction from a couple of bus stops: Glyfada Beach is on the route just south east, and Ermones Beach to the north west (almost certainly where Odysseus washed ashore when he met Princess Nausicaa). Corfu town itself is about 30 minutes away by (air–conditioned!) bus.
Beside the taverna and underneath the roof terrace is the minimarket.
Open ‘all hours’ – or very nearly it seems, the minimarket is the focal point of Kellia all year round, and on summer days before the taverna opens visitors congregate at the outside tables for beer, ice–cream, ouzo and tsipero.
Here you can buy your breakfast provisions: fresh bread, fruit, milk, local honey and eggs. Plus feta cheese, olives, Corfu salami and village wine.
Postcards too, of course, and all those little things you suddenly find you need on holiday. The minimarket has a landline telephone which acts as a pay phone.
Spiros Taverna 97 is situated on the west coast of Corfu in the hamlet of Kellia, near the village of Vatos, along the side of the mountain of St. George (Άγιος Γεώργιος). We are about 12 kilometres from the centre of Corfu Town and 10 from the ferry port and the airport.
Kellia – Vatos is very conveniently placed in the middle of the west coast of Corfu, and is an excellent base from which to explore the north and the south of the island. It is also on the Corfu Trail, the wonderful walking route from north to south of the island.
Tel: +30 26610 94309 (Minimarket/Taverna)
Tel: +30 26610 94749 (House)
Fax: +30 26610 94044