Posts Tagged ‘Algarve’

Pickwick’s Tavern, Ohlos de Agua, Algarve, Portugal

My husband and I very much like Portugal, the countryside the people and the food. However, on a recent visit we stopped in for a cup of tea to a delightfully English pub, Pickwick’s Tavern. The owners and staff are English and they do an excellent mug of tea. My husband has also often taken refuge there with a pint of lager when I am resting or shopping. Conveiently, Pickwick’s Tavern runs a ‘husband creche’ that many wives take advantage of!portugal out

The pub benefits from the mild weather in the South of Portugal. It makes a point of showing main sports matches on big screen TV. It is always busy during international football and rugby matches. portugal in

The inside of Pickwick’s Tavern is quite small but cosy. Outside there is a large comfortable street-side area that benefits from large parasols that provide shade in the eat of the day. portugal sign

The staff and owners are friendly and take time to chat and make customers welcome. The ambience of Pickwick’s Tavern is warm, the food offered is excellent ‘pub grub’ and they do a tasty breakfast. We really enjoyed our visit to Pickwick’s Tavern and I highly recommend this this establishment.

Val Penny

 

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Clube Humbria, Algarve, Portugal

humbriaMy husband and I just got back from an all inclusive 7 night Spring break at Clube Humbria, Algarve, Portugal. We enjoyed our trip so much we plan to book again for next year! Clube Humbria is lovely and the staff are very polite and helpful.

 

The sites say that it is in Albufeira, but it is actually in the village of Olhos de Agua, about 5 miles outside Albufeira. The village is quiet and very pretty. It is a short walk along the road to the shops and the Supermarket or down the hill to the beach.

Our apartment was North facing, but still very bright and spacious. It was scrupulously clean. The cleaners came in 6 days out of 7.   During our stay their work was more of a cursory tidy and a swipe round the bathroom than a proper clean. Having said that, there was bedroom chnot a lot of “cleaning” to do as we spent most of our time out of the room.

The meals are served in the dining room and are varied and tasty, even for me – and I am vegetarian. There is always a vegetarian option. Also, if the soup is a vegetable, tomato etc soup then it is made with a vege stock. The bread is delicious and fresh. The fruit, cakes and puddings are fresh daily. My husband ate different things every meal. There is always a hot meat and hot fish dish. There are different hot vegetables and styles of potatoes restaurant cheach meal. There is also a hot veggie choice of pasta neopolitana and often rice too as well as the vegetarian dish. The salad bar is extensive and fresh. Choosing what to eat and not trying to eat a little of everything is the only problem. Breakfast offerings are equally good including the traditional “fry up” and continental cold choices along with porridge, yoghurt toast and jams and fruit. To be honest, even if you prefer plain old burger and reception chchips the poolside bar serves these every afternoon! The only thing we did not like was the coffee – so we drank tea! (Now that is being picky!)

The staff are very nice and friendly. They are also extremely helpful.

 

The lobby has lots of soft comfy sofas that are really difficult to get out of. It would be nice, however, if the tables were cleared of empty glasses more regularly. That is true of the bar too. The main bar is open 10.00am – 11.30pm but is probably a bit too small for the size of the hotel. The lobby bar was not open during our stay. The hotel shop is a bit tacky and you will get cheaper postcards in the shops outside of the hotel, but the hotel shop does sell stamps.

 

There is a pool for little kids which is very safe and the main pool has graded steps into the shallow end. It was too cold for us to use the pool, but other folk with thicker blood did so and it is a lovely pool. Unfortunately, I doubt there are enough recliners for the size of the hotel in the height of the season. Having said that, the week before Easter, this was not an issue for us.

There are a group of entertainers who provide a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages and adults. My husband took part in the archery and the cocktail game on occasion and enjoyed both.

What else to tell you? It would be a shame to miss staying in this lovely resort. We had a great holiday and I would definitely recommend Clube Humbria.

Valerie Penny

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