- Main course: 15€
- Food spend: 30€
Hidden away in the quaint Algarve village of Porches, Porches Velho is worth seeking out for high quality food and a secluded country setting looking out to the Monchique Mountains. Housed in a 210-year-old wine cellar, Porches Velho has retained original features in the open plan dining room, including the wooden beams criss-crossing the 5-metre-high ceiling and the latticed windows that fill the room with the beautiful sunlight of the Algarve. The terrace is a splendid place to dine in the summer, whilst the wood fire in the hearth keeps the dining room warm in the winter. Surrounded by rustic farm tools and the huge aquarium of brightly coloured fish, you can enjoy a menu rich in Portuguese specialities, all prepared with quality produce and crafted by owner Sr. Candeias, who successfully fronted the renowned A Lanterna restaurant in Parchal for 25 years. Fresh, not farmed, the fish served at Porches Velho includes Smoked Swordfish. You can also try the popular Medallions of Black Pork with chestnuts and sweet potatoes, as well as Rabbit, Fish Cataplana and succulent steaks. There is a range of traditional desserts and all dishes can be complemented by a selection from the Portuguese wine list, offering something from all areas of the country. Friday night is Fado Night at Porches Velho and this is the most entertaining time to dine, with traditional, soulful Portuguese music playing whilst you enjoy your meal. Private and spacious with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Porches Velho is an ideal venue for groups and celebrations and has hosted several successful wedding receptions.
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