© Quinta de la rosa 2013
With fabulous views over the river Douro, the restaurant was opened and named after Sophia's grandmother, Claire. In the busier months (April to October) it is best to reserve a table.
Claire's love of food was legendary as were her dinners at la Rosa around Nelson's table, a copy of which we still have in the dining room. She trained Maria do Conceição to cook a mixture of English, French and Portuguese food inspired by Elizabeht David and Constance Spry. Claire was famous for her hospitality and generosity. So it isn't surprising that we have opened a restaurant in her memory and I just hope we manage to do her justice.
Claire was given Quinta de la Rosa as a christening present over 100 years ago by her grandmother. She lived here, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Douro was very remote and it took over 5 hours to drive to porto. She used to send a basket of fruit and vegetables by train to Augusto Leite (a famous mercearia, still in existence in Foz) and receive cheese, cream and other delicacies in return.
The philosophy of Cozinha da Clara is to serve local Portuguese cuisine at its best - simplicity is the key. We also want to include a touch of the family's heritage, by adding some of Claire's favourite recipes. Our executive chef, Pedro Cardoso, has worked in the Douro for over 10 years. Using locally sourced products and vegetables from our vegetable garden (named "Paradise" by Claire), Pedro has developed many of his recepies from the Trás-os-Montes.
The food will be matched with wines from la Rosa as well as other nearby Quintas chosen by Jorge Moreira (wine maker) on a rolling basis.
The restaurant must boast as having one of the best views of the Douro River. Originally built as a warehouse (armazém) it has been cleverly adapted by leading architect, Belém Lima. Using local materials, schist for the floors and a wooden vaulted ceiling, Belém cleverly modernises the warehouse concept.
We hope that sitting around the tables at Cozinha da Clara is an extension of sitting around Nelson's table. Whether staying for a few nights or just eating a meal, we want to welcome our guests and offer them a "Quinta" experience of staying on a family owned and run vineyard.
Dine at "Claire's table"
Every evening at 19:30 guests can sit around "Claires's dining table" and join other guests for a three course dinner party. Chef Pedro Cardoso will produce a three course meal based on local Portuguese gastronomy whilst using the freshest produce. Places are limited and need to be reserved.