C.A.S.A. - the Social Club
C.A.S.A.  -  the Social Club

Recent Events

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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Saturday 17th October


Car Treasure Hunt

followed by

Lunch at


Restaurante Dom Joao

near Alvor



Approx 40 km country drive from a start location in Silves where there is a cafe for non-alcoholic refreshments  to a traditional Portuguese restaurant near the Alvor Aerodrome where we will have lunch.


Detailed Treasure Hunt starting point joining instructions will be provided only after booking.

Minimum 2 and maximum 4 people per car, all must be a CASA member. We don't recommend sharing a car between households but if you decide to do so please ensure you follow the current regulations.


The Treasure Hunt / Motor Meander will start from 10:00 (cars will be dispatched at short intervals between 10:30 and 11:00) and should take about 1 ½ hours to complete. 


There will be a prize for the most clues correctly solved en-route.

Please note that this is not a race, there is no advantage in completing the route quickly!


The prize plus a trophy to be held for one year will be presented during lunch.


It is not necesary to take part in order to join the lunch which is available separately.

If joining for lunch only without taking part in the treasure hunt please arrive no later than 12:45 as the lunch will be served at 13:00 sharp. 

We are additionally looking at holding a small quiz during lunch, there will be a small prize for the winner.





STARTERS:    Bread,    Olives,    Croquets of Bacalhau.

MAINS:           Fish of the day with boiled potatoes        OR  

                     Hake fillets with chips        OR

                     Entrecosto Grelhado  (Ribs)  with Chips     OR

                     Strogonoff  with rice.

DESSERTS:     Torta de limão  merengue            OR 

                      Salada de frutas frescas              OR    

                      Pudim Flan.   


Meal includes    Wine, beer, water and coffee.


Combined Price for the Treasure Hunt and/or Lunch: €20 p.p.

Same price for those that come only for the lunch where all fees will be collected.

Any pre-lunch refreshments are not included in the lunch price so should be paid for when ordering.


Maximum of 30 people for both the Treasure Hunt and Lunch.

Members Only.



Saturday saw 10 cars of keen competitors gather for a staggered start from Recanto dos Mouros for the 1 1/2 hour Treasure Hunt.  Clues were solved, or not, along the way. A few cars managed to miss turnings and other minor navigational mishaps - but that's all part of the fun! One team was a little late arriving at Dom Joao, but all did arrive safely in time for our lunch, which was much enjoyed.  Following lunch the prizes were awarded in reverse order of the top 3 and finally the much coveted Wooden Spoon - this team are allowed to keep their prize - unlike the silver cups which we do expect back for next year!
As an experiment this year we also held a car related quiz over lunch, the prize for this went to a table with a perfect 20/20 score by Do, Mavis, Ernie and Micheal who had not taken place in the Treasure Hunt.
Al in all a very pleasant day out and our thanks go to the staff of both Recanto dos Mouros and Dom Joao  for their kind assistance and support.
A list of the teams and scores is below these pictures.

First           Three Maskateers             27    Points

Second       Algarve Raiders                26.5 Points

Third          Three Legs                      25.5 Points

Fourth        Bedlington Terriers           23    Points

Fifth           In...trepid...ation             18    Points

Sixth          The Lost ones                 16.5 Points

Seventh      Intrepid Trio                    14    Points

Wooden Spoon     Pio Po                    5     Points

Ninth     No names on answer sheet     2     Points

Tenth     No answer sheet returned      0     Points

Saturday 12th September


'Al Fresco' Lunch


In the gardens of

Restaurante Jardim das Oliveiras

on the road to Foia from Monchique



Jardim das Oliveiras is a traditional Portuguese restaurant with a long-standing excellent reputation.   This will be CASA's first meal here.




Starters on the table to be shared -

    Mushroom, ham, chorizo, polenta and asadura


Main Course :

     Pork loin with chestnuts

     Lamb in the oven with prunes

     Rooster from the hills


Choice of deserts - "too many to mention"


Wine, bread, soft drinks, coffee etc. are included.


Various table sizes will be available to a maximum of 8 people.


Please arrive from 12:30 for 1 o'clock service.

Inclusive price is 27€ per person.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 40 people.

Please note that this lunch is Members Only.

Last date for booking was 5th September.

"Spot The Member"


July / August


Resulted in a tie between Kareen & Cecilia

who will each receive a  meal voucher.



Winners of the

CASA Monthly 'Lockdown'

Photo Competition.




Theme : Pet (or Pets) in Lockdown



Winner : Michele


Theme : The door/entrance to your home


Winner:     Ernie with

                   'All’s well on the home front'



Theme  'Keeping busy in Lockdown'


Winner - Karen  with  'Lemon Marmalade'


Sunday 17th May


Sunday Lunch




Caldas de Monchique



Update 28 March - CANCELLED due to Covid-19

Saturday 18th April




Asia - Tokyo Restaurant


Praia  da  Rocha


12.30 for 1 p.m.



Update 18 March - CANCELLED due to Covid-19


2020 A.G.M.

& Dinner


Big Red's

Steak House




Saturday 14th March 2020


We very much regret that we had to cancel the AGM due to the Corvid-19 outbreak. 

The AGM has been re-scheduled for March 2021 at Big Red's.

Valentine’s Lunch


Saturday  15th  February



Restaurant Ponto de Encontro, Carvoeiro.


12:30 for 1 p.m.



Price: €22\€24.


          Cauliflower Soup or

          Mushrooms in a garlic butter sauce or

          Shrimps with garlic sauce.
Main course:

          Grilled Salmon with orange or

          Grilled Stone Bass or

          Tropical Chicken or
          Pork Loin with either mushroom or pepper sauce (need to choose)
The above fish will be served with French fries and vegetables, or for the meat boiled potatoes and vegetables if preferred (need to choose which; French fries or boiled potatoes)

           Apple crumble with Ice cream or

           Choice of the dessert of the day.

  ½ Litre of wine per person: White / red / rosé wine

   beer, soft drink, water & coffee.



30 CASA members and guests attended the “After Valentine’s Day” lunch at Ponto de Encontro in Carvoeiro on the 15th February. A Valentine’s quiz was held with the winner of this receiving a bottle of ‘bubbly’. To maintain the theme heart shaped chocolates were also served for all to have with their after lunch coffee. A wonderful meal and the great service received from Paulo, aided by his staff, was appreciated by all; we thank them for making this a very enjoyable occasion.




After Hangover








January 18th



Restaurant Brasserie Rosal



7 for 7.30 pm

 €25 members & €27 guests


Marinated salmon on fried Polenta with honey-mustard sauce and a small salad

Ragout Fin from chicken and veal with creamy mushroom sauce, served in puff pastry

Prawns Piri Piri with garlic and fresh herbs


Main courses:
Oven stewed lamb in red wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables

Pan fried Filets of Sea Bream with garlic sauce served with sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables

Italian Chicken-Saltimbocca with herbal tomato sauce, sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables



Portuguese Cream Tarte with vanilla ice cream


Fruit Salad


Cheese Selection.

Red, White & Rosé Wine, soft drink or water and coffee included.




A full and varied menu guaranteed another great evening, at this very atmospheric restaurant, with an owner always ready to go that extra mile to ensure our members are happy - an enjoyable and fun evening for all. The wine flowed, the food was good and the staff were very attentive, but never invasive. Naturally we will be returning here.




7th December


Christmas  Dinner





This year we will be at a

newly opened restaurant




at Monte Carvoeiro



This was previously A' Tasquina where CASA

held the AGM for some years.

Space is limited, to avoid overcrowding booking will be

limited to the first 60 applications.


Inclusive price = €40 members,  €45 non-members


Reception with welcome drink in the bar from 18:30

Buffet Style Christmas Dinner served from 19:00


Menu includes:

'Couvert' / Starter


From the buffet - full 'English' Christmas dinner of:

Roast Turkey, Roast Beef, Pigs in Blankets (sausages with bacon),

roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots & peas:

Sauces: gravy, horseradish for the beef, cranberry for the turkey.


ALSO: A Fish dish and a ‘Vegetarian Cassoulet’

alternatives will be available


followed by


Christmas Pudding with brandy custard or
Fruit salad with cream/ice cream

Includes Wine,  water,  coffee & mince pie.


We expect that Father Christmas will

put in an appearance with his sack of presents!


There will be live music by Filomena Baptista (as at the BBQ)



The CASA 2019 year drew to a close on Saturday 7th December when we celebrated Christmas with a dinner at the new restaurant 'Monte Mar' (previously known as A'Tasquina) at Monte Carvoeiro. After our welcome drink and time to catch up with friends in the bar we moved into the main restaurant for our three course buffet-style Christmas dinner. The tasty buffet dinner offered us the choice both beef and bacalhau in addition to the traditional succulent turkey, followed of course by Christmas Pudding, or fruit salad and ice-cream. Filomena Batista entertained us all evening; providing a quiet background throughout our meal then upping the tempo after the meal for an hour of dancing, though many seemed to be too full of turkey, beef and Christmas Pudding to be tempted onto the floor. Before our coffee was served (with mince pies – naturally) a spirited man dressed in red carrying a large sack, and accompanied by the sound of the well known music 'Jingle Bells', joined us. He distributed assorted presents to the assembled company before vanishing as mysteriously as he had arrived. We thank this unidentified man for his generosity, his festive spirit and for standing in for our regular Santa who was unable to join us at short notice. We would also like to extend our thanks to Filomena for the music and to Clementina and her friendly staff at the Monte Mar for the excellent service all evening.



16th November


'After Trip' Dinner



Por do Sol





6:30 p.m. for 7:00 p.m.




First course: Vegetable soup OR

                   Mixed salad

Mains: Monkfish Algarvia with Almonds OR

          Grilled Seabream with butter & Aromatic herbs OR
          Pork Tenderloin with Béarnaise Sauce OR

          Chicken Curry with rice
Fish is served with batata cozidas & vegetables.

Meat is served with batata fritas & vegetables.

Desserts: Créme brülée OR

               Fruit Salad.


Half a bottle of wine, water, coffee.


€20 for members and €22 for guests.



4-8 November



CASA Annual Trip


Cadiz area







Enjoy 4 nights in Cadiz including tours

with free time to explore, browse, shop and relax.




4 nights half board in the 5-star Hotel

Iberostar Selection Andalucia Playa



Balletic Horse Display

Free time to explore


Doñana National Park:

Boat Cruise with Guided Tour 



Bodega Gutiérrez Colosia

Guided Tour and tasting

 Time to explore, shop, etc.


Lunch on the return journey



We are based in Carvoeiro in the West-Central Algarve of Portugal.

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