Reyes Pandora, in the spirit of Julio


Reyes Pandora on the bar at El Brindi Negro


One of the iconic bars of Las Negras is El Brindi Negro. It has been popular not only for the delicious and creative raciones and tapas produced by Miguel but also for its inspirational and way out decor designed by his partner Julio.


The restaurant in El Brindi Negro


After Julio passed away last autumn we wondered whether the ambience of the bar would fade away and who would step up to refresh the decor and redress the mannequins.


Reyes Pandora

Reyes Pandora, a frequent visitor to Las Negras from Madrid, has taken up the challenge and, every time she comes to our village, reclothes the mannequins and refreshes the decor of the bar.


Reyes with one of her mannequins —


— and another

This morning I asked her to pose with some of her creations.


Reyes and friend by the window

I have always enjoyed taking photos inside El Brindi Negro and I think you will find from these images that the ambience of the bar has not changed and the spirit of Julio lives on thanks to Reyes Pandora.

Photos by Digby Merry


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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2 Responses to Reyes Pandora, in the spirit of Julio

  1. jeune01 says:

    Long live “the spirit of Julio”……………..gorgeous photos Digby and Margaret.

  2. Looks like a fantastic place. Will have to pop by next time I’m in the area.

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