JEC Spanish Region News – April 2016

Jaguar Cars in Spain

Jaguars visit La Cova in El Campello

Written by Eric Arnold


Sunday 24th April 2016, another terrific day out with the members of The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club in Spain. Beautiful Cars, beautiful people, brilliant food, great service and fabulous weather, the perfect  recipe for a perfect day out. This time we took the members to a fabulous little restaurant in El Campello. Restaurant La Cova is located on the cliff top overlooking the harbour with wonderful views along the beach. A stunning setting to show off 20 perfect  samples of Jaguar engineering.

Restaurant La Cova is a well known and very popular restaurant, especially with expatriates . The food is fabulous and great value for money. On top of that, it would be difficult to find a more stunning location while you partake in a leisurely lunch. La Cova’s menu is typically English fare with a slight Spanish twist. Our brilliant Events Director, Ian McMenemy had negotiated a special deal for us. A choice from four starters, quiche, langoustine salad, tandori chicken salad or homemade pate with melba toast, followed by a really tasty vegetable soup, then a choice of knuckle of pork, roast beef, sea bream with prawn cream or salmon with cava sauce for the fish lovers. A choice of dessert’s, and coffee. Wine beer and water are included. Brilliant value for 20.00 Euros a head. I can highly recommend it. Lunch started at about 1:45 and we were still there till gone 5:00, soaking up the evening sun on the terrace and chatting with friends. Hood down, V8 purring we drove home along almost deserted roads, life does not get much better.

Parking is a little tight in the small car park and The Big Cats pretty well filled the spaces available. A nice surprise was a stunning example of the new Jaguar XF in white and David Sleap’s fabulous XKR Silverstone looked exceptionally good. But then again all the Jaguars there looked fabulous, just because they are Jaguars. Lots of XJ’s and XJR’s this time as well as a beautiful XJSC. “The Guvnors” XK8 Convertible. completed the collection this time. A total of 20 cars and 51 people, a good turnout but it could have been better. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that attended the meeting, especially all the new members, and of course a big thank you to Ian and Uschi McMenemy for organising the event, a brilliant job as usual.

The next meeting will be on Sunday, 5th June 2016, where we will celebrate the clubs 5th Anniversary. I cannot believe it is 5 years since I started the club. This very special event will be held at Restaurant Rebate. This is always a very popular restaurant with the club so reserve your place as soon as possible. I would really appreciate a good turnout for this anniversary event. Then later in the year we have Rivers, Lakes & Waterfalls BBQ. A two day event starting in Hotel Parador Albacete and spending one day in Lagunas de Ruidera.


If you live in Spain and own a Jaguar you should be a member of The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. The JEC in Spain is organised by Eric Arnold, Club President and Ian McMenemy, Events Director. Eric can be contacted by email at or by phone on 609931647 or alternatively check out  Our Events director, Ian McMenemy can be contacted at Not forgetting  David Shea who looks after our Facebook identity.