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The village inn

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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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Tue - Sat 18:30 - 22:30
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Dublin, Ireland
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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went there on the basis of Tripadvisor reviews expecting more than we got. Quirky kitsch decor but plastic patio chairs! A relatively extensive menu but surprisingly no local fish dishes. Food was good but not great and didn't live up to some of the rave reviews. Owner serving tables was a little overbearing for my taste.

Thank Bill K
Dublin, Ireland
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131 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us had a great night in The Village Inn. Food and wine were superb and service was excellent. The surroundings were comfortable and cosy and reminiscent of a village establishment. We rounded off the great meal with large digestifs. Booking essential in high and shoulder seasons.

Thank HallyHoHo
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

What a fantastic spot! The food here was so lovely, healthy and filling. I struggled with the Portuguese Cuisine as a Vegetarian however this little gem of a restaurant catered completely to my needs. I had a delicious appetizer, main entree and dessert! And, of course lots of wine! The location is perfectly situated and the food is just splendid.... More 

Thank _amydolick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I were in Portugal for 2 weeks and traveled the country from top to bottom.....the meal that we enjoyed at the Village Inn was out of this world and definitely the best one we had the entire trip. The food was fresh and prepared absolutely perfectly. Kathy the owner made us feel right at home with the... More 

2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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111 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Stuffed with bric a beac and reminiscent of grandmas tea room. I would class this as home cooking. Lovely touch of a taster spoon of lemon sorbet before main meal. Husband and I divided on this one as I wouldn't particularly go back. Cost 39 euro for 1 Starter, 2 mains, 1 dessert and two drinks.

2 Thank estelleManchester
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Charming little place this one, very small but packed with interesting curios, service can be a little slow but worth the wait. Food is A1 and very reasonably priced. The Canadian lady who owns it is very charming and helpful. You may well need to book as its very popular. you can also eat on the outside terrace.

2 Thank Graham B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We visited there on the night before our departure, was a last minute plan and they accommodated us. The place was very popular and cosy/friendly, exactly what we was looking for. The starters were amazing, the bottle of wine was divine and the mains filled us up so much we couldn't even have desert! Our host Kathleen was such a... More 

1 Thank Nithin A
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Found this from a local map was a few miles from where we were staying and thought we would give it a try and so good we went back a few times Kathleen the owner was very friendly and the menu was home from home cooking and excellent value and the decor was quirky with lots of nick knacks and... More 

1 Thank lyndadavidlambe
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

As soon as you walk in the door a warm welcome awaits. The taxi trip from Alvor was worth every Euro for the ambience alone. The menu makes it hard to choose but whatever your choice you won't be disappointed. Three in our party and we visited on two occasions so covered six of the starters and five of the... More 

Thank HaydenLeoChloe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I came here during my honeymoon to Portugal. We had such a nice time dining on the back patio. Kathie is a wonderful host, and we really enjoyed the charming restaurant!

Thank ben_meatball

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$19
Portuguese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?