Name of establishment
Café Inglês, Silves
A traditional cafe-restaurant that makes the most of its location, right under Silves Castle. It has a light, airy, and charmingly old-fashioned interior, with the bar forming the main focal point. The tables are nicely spaced apart, so even when busy it never really feels cramped, and the flowers and candles on each table, along with the art on the wall, are a nice touch.
The chances are that you will be met by the owner - the welcome is warm and friendly and you are made to feel right at home. The cafe is in the heart of one of the Algarve’s most popular tourist spots, so the dress code is very much casual, with a camera the most common accessory.
The menu is international, and includes pizza, gaspacho, mixed salads and prawns in garlic sauce. Our favourite was the breaded breast of chicken, served with chips and salad, and a wicked piri-piri sauce as optional.
It’s good, reasonably-priced tourist fare that won’t win any culinary accolades but is perfectly good enough for a pit-stop. The cakes however are truly scrumptious, especially the apple & walnut, so it’s a great place to drop into for tea and cakes after you’ve been exploring some of the town’s history.
The drinks list consists of small or large glasses of beer (€1.50 & €2.60), sangria (€5 for 50cl or €9 for 1L), glass of wine (€1.90), bottle of house wine (€9.50) which - a nifty little concept - is also served on draught in a jug for the same price. Milkshakes for the kids (€2.75) and all the usual minerals and water by the large or small bottle.
Why do you like it?
On a ‘good weather’ day take the opportunity to sit outside, and watch the world and its tourists go by. And if you happen to be dining there on a Friday/Saturday evening or Sunday lunchtime you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying a live music set known as the ‘cafe concerto’. Check the website for details of performers/times.
What could be improved?
When it’s really busy be prepared for a slightly longer than normal wait. Not a problem if you aren’t in any particular hurry though.
Around 50-60 covers inside, and a further 40 outside.
The address - Rua do Castelo, 11 - says it all. It’s right under the castle, at the top of a fairly steep set of steps, so you can’t really miss it. If you’re driving, follow the ‘castelo’ signs and park as close as you can. There is parking available outside and on the road up to the restaurant, but spaces are very limited, especially in the busy summer months.
Starter, main course and a bottle of wine with a coffee to finish will set you back around €15 per person for lunch.
Times vary according to the season (longer hours in summer) but usually open from mid-morning onwards until late.