Many thanks, Phil and Butterfly, for your replies. It looks like a clear choice for Meson Jose-Maria, and I'm looking forward to it.
Butterfly, I take your point about not arriving before 2. What I'd really like is to do all my walking and sightseeing in the morning and early afternoon and then settle in to eat at 4. Is that realistic - or will all the cochinillo be gone? (This is really a general question about eating places that close at 4: is there likely to be anything left to eat, or is there a safer time for a late-ish arrival?)
I know it will be cold and will certainly wear several layers under a thick fleece, but - how cold is cold? Could you give me an idea, so I can gird my loins?
My excursion plans have expanded. Do you have any recommendations for Toledo and El Escorial? I know that a single day in any of these places won't be "enough" - but I've only got ten days, and don't think I can bear to spend more than three of them away from Madrid
Thanks again. (I started a new topic because new topics seem to be all I can post. I still can't "reply", and the support team haven't been able to help. Can anyone advise me on that?)