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The village inn

Rua Visconde de Lagoa 13 | Mexilhoeira Da Carregacao, Estombar, Lagoa 8400-104, Portugal
+351 282 412 036
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“spiced lamb” (9 reviews)
“sole” (5 reviews)
Opens in 25 min
All hours
Portuguese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
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Rua Visconde de Lagoa 13 | Mexilhoeira Da Carregacao, Estombar, Lagoa 8400-104, Portugal
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Reviews (156)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this place on Trip Advisor and decided to try it out! Greeted by Kathy, an extremely welcoming host, and had no problem fitting us in although we had not booked. Menu was extensive and varied. The restaurant has a lovely relaxed vibe to it....More

Thank David J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We can never find a replacement for our favorite restaurant, The Village Inn in Meix.da Carrgeção. No matter how many restaurants we try, we can never find a better place that meets all our criteria. The menu is intriguing with a large choice including squid...More

1  Thank Trudy888
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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...More

Thank AnnieBananie66
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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...More

Thank Ali F
Reviewed 12 May 2017

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
Reviewed 11 May 2017 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...More

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed 4 May 2017 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...More

1  Thank leeboygreen
Reviewed 18 April 2017 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
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....More

Thank dutchess_arja
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,...More

1  Thank Keith E
Kathleen L, Owner at The village inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

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

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Can customers come forward just drinks?
4 May 2016|
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Response from georgette52 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry not sure, best to call her.
Hi, I've looked up the address and tried to find the restaurant via street view on Google Maps without success. I'll be staying just by the yacht club in a few weeks and wonder if I can have directions?
31 July 2015|
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Response from trudy G | Reviewed this property |
Back again to see Kathleen. She was packed this time we arrived, but managed to squeeze us in. I had my favourite Goat Cheese Salad followed by the oh so delicious Beef Bourginon, which she simmers so the meat is very very... More
Bill P
Hi! Kathleen. Six of us will be back at Debbie's apartment in Vau from the 1st to 16th September. Looking forward to introducing three new friends to you sometime in that fortnight. Bill
31 March 2015|
Response from Kathleen L | Property representative |
Thanks Bill. It will be great to see you again, until September!! Kathie
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
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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