For interest, this page contains events which we have held over the last year. It contains the description provided prior to the event and, as appropriate, some comments and photographs added afterwards.
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Friday 20th May
Pria da Rocha
Non-stop buffet served at the table over multiple courses including sushi and other asian dishes. Not forgetting the Prawn Crackers and the ice-cream to follow!
If you want more of any dish just ask the waitress!
Members price is only €20 p.p. including the lunch, wine/beer/soft drinks and coffee.
This is the same as 2021 which is amazing value in the current economic environment.
Note that the problem some members experienced last year with local parking is not schedulled to start until June.
Friday April 8th
Restinga Ria Restaurant in Alvor
1p.m. for 1:30
A breathtaking view over the Alvor harbour all
the way to Lagos, so come along and join us for
a superb lunch!
Bread, paté, butter, olives.
Fried shrimps with rice or
Duck Rice or
Grilled Chicken breast with Chips & Salad or with
Sautéed Vegetables & Rice
Vegetarian Option: Green Ratatouille with nuts
Egg pudding - Chocolate Mousse - Apple Pie & Ice Cream
Wine (Red & White), Sangria, Beer, Water, Coffee
Price €27 per person - Last booking date April 4
We only had 17 members attend the lunch at Restinga Ria, most unfortunate for those who decided not to join us as is turned out to be an excellent lunch! The welcome drink (a refreshing Bucks Fizz with fruit) was very well received and the supply lasted through much of the meal. Those who choose the Shrimps received a 'dish to die for' and the Duck Rice was similarly delicious. The location itself was also perfect, the large windows providing a great view while protecting us from the rather chilly breeze off the sea. The friendly service and flowing wine made for an exceedingly pleasant afternoon. The last stalwarts remaining for a friendly chat until they had to be chased out. Our thanks go to Zelia and her staff for a lovely lunch.
Friday 18th March 2022
AGM and Dinner
Recanto dos Mouros
In a beautiful corner behind the Castle,
stands this restaurant in Silves, which has
become a reference in the national
gastronomic scene. The privileged location,
overlooking the castle walls, and the rustic
and welcoming space, give a special charm
to the delicious food.
The AGM will take place prior to dinner and will
include elections to the committee.
Schedule and Dinner Menu
Saturday 19th February 2022
Jardim Das Oliveiras
- Lunch -
12.30 for 1 p.m.
Five starters on each table:
Mushrooms, ham, chorizo, polenta and asadura.
MAINS: Pork Loin with chestnuts or Lamb in the oven with prunes or Rooster from the Hills.
There will be a choice of desserts.
Wine, Bread, Soft Drinks and coffee will all be included for €27 per member.
Forty of us attended the lunch at this lovely old restaurant which is housed in an old Farmhouse in the hills above Monchique; we were treated to a superb lunch whilst we took in the decor and ambiance of our surroundings of rustic beams and warming fires burning in the hearths. A lovely get together much enjoyed by all.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Por-do-Sol - Alvor
- 6.30 for 7 p.m. - €25 pp
Many of our members have been to this restaurant
before and will know that the food is of the highest
quality, that the restaurant has amazing ambience,
not to mention the cosy log fire!
* Vegetable soup or Mixed Salad
* Monkfish Algarvia or
* Grilled Seabream with butter & Aromatic herbs or
* Pork Tenderloin with Béarnaise Sauce or
* Chicken Breast with Mushroom or Pepper Sauce
* Vegetarian option - Lasagne or Stroganoff
Fish is served with batata cozidas & vegetables
Meat is served with batata fritas & vegetables
* Crème Brûlée or Fruit Salad
* Wine in jugs on the table
* Water & Coffee
There will be a recovery kit for you all should you still be in need of one!
We promised you a cosy log fire and a superb dinner at our January function at Por-do-Sol and we weren’t disappointed, 43 attendees enjoyed just that; as usual, at our get togethers (since this is
what they’re all about) friends were chatting, the conversation flowed along with the wine and of course that made for a very special evening; we trust the ‘After Hangover Bags’ came in useful
Thanks to Snr. Candido and Snr. Rui for making it such a great evening for us all.
Friday 10th December
CASA Christmas Lunch
Thyme by Ruccula Restaurant
Alto Club, Alvor
12.30 for 1 p.m. - 45 euros p.p.
* Welcome drink: Bucks Fizz or Soft drink
* Garlic Mushrooms or Prawn Cocktail or Vegetable Soup
* Traditional Chirstmas lunch -
Turkey or Beef with all the trimmings
* Seabass fillet with citrus butter & chives
* Vegetarian - Filo basket, with stir-fried vegetables & sweet & sour sauce
* Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce or Almond tart with cream
* Coffee with a mince pie!
* Wine or 2 small beers, Water
Oh! and mustn’t forget - Father Christmas will be there with his sackful of
Christmas ‘stocking filler’ presents!
Last booking date was Friday 3rd December.
Our Christmas Lunch on December 10, held at the beautiful ‘THYME BY RUCCULA RESTAURANT’ in Alvor was very much enjoyed by all 44 attendees; the food was
superb as was the attention we received from Snr. Nuno and his staff; the wine flowed as did the conversation, culminating with the arrival of Father Christmas who then delivered his sackful of
presents; a complimentary ‘Christmas Raffle’ was also on the agenda and three lucky members each received a bottle of wine!
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12
SOLAR DO FARELO
Join us for lunch at this Beautiful restaurant at 12 P.M. for 12.30 P.M
Fish in the oven (Bream) or
Chicken Casserole - Hunter Style or
Lamb Stew or
Pudim Flan or Lemon Champagne Sorbet
Wine (unlimited), 2 small beers, water, coffee
Coach Trip to
Porto & Braga
On November the 1st, 29 intrepid explorers set out by coach for a 5 day adventure to the lovely cities of Porto and Braga. After a few stops for coffee and an amazing lunch along the way, we
arrived in plenty of time for dinner at our hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia which was to be our home for the following 4 nights.
After a leisurely breakfast the following morning, we set off for a visit to Taylors port winery. Our guide gave a very informative narrative about the history and production of Portugal’s most famous wine culminating in a tasting of various types of ports plus treating us a lovely cocktail using white port. This was followed by a wonderful lunch, never to be forgotten, in Taylor’s very elegant dining room. The remainder of the afternoon was left free for us to explore Porto at our leisure.
On the 3rd morning we departed the hotel for an 8 hour cruise up into the beautiful Douro valley, breakfast and lunch being provided on the boat. One of the highlights of the trip was when the boat entered 2 locks and we watched, amazed, as the boat rose 43 metres through the one of the locks, which
is the largest in Europe. At the end of the trip, after spending an hour in Régua visiting a local museum, we returned to the hotel by coach, having a spectacular view of the beautiful countryside on the way.
The following day, we paid a visit to the famous Bom Jesus do Monte – Portugal’s most spectacular religious sanctuary – reaching it via a wonderful old funicular railcar. We enjoyed an interesting and informative guided tour of the complex and after a delicious lunch at the base of the monument, were
taken to the lovely city of Braga, where we spent an interesting few hours exploring its delights.
Sadly, on day 5 it was time to return home reversing the route we took earlier in the week, once again having a very enjoyable lunch in Santarém; so, having enjoyed visiting only a few of Portugal’s beautiful sights in the time we had, it left us determined to explore more of this beautiful country!
Car Treasure Hunt /
followed by lunch.
We will start with coffee at
'Bar Bacchus / Porches Pottery'
on the eastbound EN125 near Porches.
Arrivals, Registration and Coffee from 10:00
first departures 10:30.
The Treasure Hunt is planned to take about 1 1/2 hours
It is NOT a race
Each car must have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 occupants
Members, Family & Friends only,
all guests must take part in the same
car as the inviting member.
The three teams solving the most clues along the route
will win a prize plus hold one of the silver cups
until the next Treasure Hunt
Tasty English Lunch expected at 12:30 at
Al Pacino's Blues Bar
Roast Beef or Turkey
Roast Potatoes, Carrots,
Cauliflower Cheese, Broccoli,
Yorkshire Pudding, Peas & Gravy
The ‘pièce de résistance’ is Apple Crumble!
also - Wine, Water, Coffee
The bar will be open, any pre or post-lunch
drinks are not included in the price.
Full details will be sent to those registering to take part.
When you book please give us a fun name for your team.
(Team names and scores will be published here)
Price is €20 per person for lunch with or without
taking part in the Treasure Hunt.
Booking closed with 7 cars taking part
and 27 people booked for lunch.
18 CASA members met at Bar Bacchus around 10 o'clock for coffee prior to taking part in the 'Motor Meander/Treasure Hunt'. The first team (The Lost Tribe) were dispatched about 10:15 followed at intervals by the other 6 cars, all being on the road by 10:45. The clear directions meant that this year only one team got slightly lost, not to suggest that solving the 'clues' was as straight forward or as easy as following the route directions! All made it to Al Pacino's Blues Bar in time to hand in their answers (and collected Alfaroba leaf / fruit) before lunch, most also managing to fit in a pre-lunch tipple. 9 other members not taking part joined us and the friendly staff of the Blues Bar served up an excellent roast lunch on the sunny patio. Our thanks to Kim and her staff for the welcome and an excellent lunch.
Over the coffee the prizes were awarded to the teams with the most points scored, these being:
First place – The Panda Pirates (taking part for the first time)
Second place – The Fuzzies
Third place – Algarve Reivers
As always we awarded a wooden spoon for the lowest score, this year to the Deadly Duo
Three teams just managed to skilfully avoid winning a prize – Quaranteam, The Ravers and The Lost Tribe.
Unfortunately this year, due to a small mishap, we don't have the actual points scored available to share, perhaps just as well!