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Rua Visconde de Lagoa 13 | Mexilhoeira Da Carregacao, Estombar, Lagoa 8400-104, Portugal
+351 282 412 036
18:30 - 22:30
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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is like coming home with the welcome that Kathie gave us. The food was as usual amazing as was the service both nights when we ate there. It is one of our favourite restaurants when staying in the area. We have recommended it to so many people that we have met during our holiday. Hope to visit again when... More 

Thank AnnieBananie66
1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were lucky to get a table as we had not had the foresight to book. The atmosphere was lovely. The food fantastic and a hostess who goes the extra mile to ensure you have the best experience possible. Small and cosy but enough room to have an intimate meal with a loved one. Will return soon.

Thank Ali F
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We should have found this restaurant earlier in our holiday. Difficult to find, but well worth it. Food was excellent as was the welcome. We will definitely return.

Thank Sue V
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate here last night. Beautifully eclectic inside. Food very good though roast potatoes did not appear to have been cooked freshly. Lived the Persian lamb. Lovely service be ex Canadian owner, Kathleen. We came up from Carvoeiro and taxi 15 euros each way made it rather expensive but a great night had be all.

Thank Linda M
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in to the village inn and my girlfriend and I thought we'd walked into a antiques shop in Yorkshire...there's nothing authentically Portuguese about the restaurant or the menu but what you do get is fantastically cooked food in a home made style and a wonderfully polite and kind host in Kathi! Can honestly say I had the best lamb... More 

Thank leeboygreen
1 review
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The village inn is a homely restaurant is very cosy food is homemade and is amazing . atmosphere is great owner Kathie is very welcoming a little out the way for us but definitely worth it

Thank Audrey M
Lagoa, Portugal
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This little, yellow walled restaurant is hidden in Mexilhoeira de Carregacao(Estombar). We have been there several times over the years and find it really worth while for a (special?) "dinner out". Enjoyed the tasty dinner with a glass of good wine and the open fire. It was February the last time we were there. Two little steps at the entrance... More 

Thank dutchess_arja
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Boy what a treat! You certainly cant go wrong trying the delightful Village Inn Restaurant. Small, cosy and busy, its best to phone ahead. The Portuguese kitchen staff and lovely Canadian hostess are very friendly, accomodating to every need. With both Portuguese starters, fish dishes, British and mild curries, you will always find something to your taste. I found myself... More 

1 Thank Keith E
Kathleen L, Owner at The village inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! You could not stay away from my restaurant!! Glad you enjoyed it so much. Yours, Kathie More 

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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Where do I start. Food was amazing proper home cooked fresh tasty food. Kathie the owner was exceptional she really knows how to treat her customers. The resturant is very quirky and in what felt like at this time of year, in the middle of nowhere. We walked from our hotel and thought hmm wonder how it will be and... More 

Thank Jes W
Kathleen L, Owner at The village inn, responded to this review

Oh thanks for the great review! I am so glad you both enjoyed your Valentines night. We really try hard to make it special for everyone! We always enjoy it too. Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday! Best Wishes, Kathie More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We came across this delightful restaurant quite by chance. We were staying up the road at the lovely bed and breakfast, "Rio do Arade." On walking along we noticed the bright yellow painted building. We peeked in the windows and saw what looked like an enchanted cottage. Stepping inside it seemed pretty busy, but we managed to get the last... More 

2 Thank George H
Kathleen L, Owner at The village inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! It always makes my day to receive such a good one as this! I hope to see you again in the near future. All the best. We strive to make your evening enjoying! Best Wishes, Kathleen More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Portuguese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Visconde de Lagoa 13 | Mexilhoeira Da Carregacao, Estombar, Lagoa 8400-104, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Lagoa  >  Estombar
  • Phone Number: +351 282 412 036
Very intimate dining experience. Charming old building, wonderful al fresco dining in the summer months. Attention to detail. Every table is beautifully set with fresh flowers from Kathie's garden. Each table different. Value for money. Specialities include, lamb chops with honey, mint, garlic and lemon, Persian spice lamb, steak and kidney pie with roast and veg, Circassian chicken. Desserts are a real treat here at The Village Inn. Apple crumble, brandy snap baskets, crepes in a Grand Marnier and orange sauce to mention a few of the many!
Starters also are worth mentioning. Hot honeyed prawns are a real favourite, phyllo pastry filled with creamed hot spinach, melted goats cheese and served with a cranberry and red currant sauce, stuffed mushrooms, baby squid sauteed with garlic, braised lamb's liver with mushrooms, onions and Madeira wine.

All just waiting for you. Well worth the visit.

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