“L’ALIANÇA IS LIKE OUR HOME’S LIVINGROOM: IT IS WHERE WE EAT, WHERE WE DRINK AND WHERE WE TALK UNTIL YOUR HEART TELLS YOU ENOUGH”
“L’ALIANÇA IS THE LIVING TESTIMONY OF ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF HISTORY”
The history of L’Aliança goes back to 1953, when Lluís and Adela came to run the café-bar of the then Sindicato Alianza Agrícola de Anglés. Until the 1990s, it had been an important meeting point of the town and the surroundings, well known for its sandwiches, Adela’s breaded calamari and the long and quiet afternoons of cards and casino games played on the beautiful marble tables.
Some years later, their sons Josep Maria and Lluís joined the business, incorporating gourmet food and drinks and promoting the rock&roll live nights with long drinks service. As a result of the success of the plates that Lluís started to cook, the two brothers decided to open a small restaurant in an annexed room. Five years later, they decided to close the café-bar business in order to convert that impressive salon into the new space for the restaurant: it was in that moment that the restaurant l’Aliança d’Anglès was born.
As a result of the effort and hard work, L’Aliança began to be recognized by the gastronomic world receiving various distinctions, amongst them it is worth mentioning the Michelin Star won in 2008. Unfortunately, the star stopped shining when Lluís died 5 years later.
After a time of reflection, Cristina and Marina, Lluis’s daughters, together with their uncle Josep Maria, reopen the restaurant with the intention to merge the spirit of the grandparents’ café-bar with Lluis’s cuisine.
In 2019, Álex Carrera, Cristina’s life partner, joins the team to take control of Aliança’s kitchen, trying to recover the spirit of the restaurant that Lluís left.
Construction of Alianza Agrícola de Anglés building
Feliu family arrives to run the café-bar business
Opening of the little restaurant annexed to the bar
December – last bar service
January – The restaurant occupies the whole building
Best Spanish Rural Restaurant award, granted by Agriculture, Fishing and Alimentary Ministry
The Michelin Guide qualifies L’Aliança with 1 Star.
Christmas – Lluís dies. The restaurant closes.
June – Cristina, Marina and Josep Maria resume the activity with a new concept.
Álex joins the team. Lluis’s cuisine spirit is recovered.
1919 – Construction of Alianza Agrícola de Anglés building
1953 – Feliu family arrives to run the café-bar business
1995 – Opening of the little restaurant annexed to the bar
1999 – December – last bar service
2000 – January – The restaurant occupies the whole building
2004 – Best Spanish Rural Restaurant award, granted by Agriculture, Fishing and Alimentary Ministry
2008 – The Michelin Guide qualifies L’Aliança with 1 Star.
2013 – Christmas – Lluís dies. The restaurant closes.
2014 – June – Cristina, Marina and Josep Maria resume the activity with a new concept.
2019 – Álex joins the team. Lluis’s cuisine spirit is recovered.
My passion for cooking led me to leave aside my economics studies to dedicate myself to the world of gastronomy. My curiosity to learn led me to work with great chefs like Fermí Puig, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Jean Louis Neichel and the Roca brothers. My desire to grow threw me to take the reins of L’Aliança kitchen.
I have the passion for the hospitality world in my blood. When I finished my studies on tourism I already was willing to help the family restaurant by contributing with my fresh and young spirit. My constant interest in this sector also led me study sommelier and protocol skills. L’Aliança is part of me and now I feel that I am part of it too.