Where to find Portuguese food and wine in The UK
The beginning of the migration of Portuguese people to the UK dates back to the 15th century, when the Jews who were being persecuted in the Portuguese territory found a safer home in Britain. Yet, if we can count up to 400,000 Portuguese people in the UK these days, it’s mainly because of the big influx of immigrants that started taking place around the 50s and 60s and continues today.
Immigration translated not only in the movement of people, but also importing customs, cultural traits and, of course, food habits. Portuguese people have a long tradition of emigration, taking with them a bit of Portuguese culture to all corners of the world. Thankfully, oftentimes, this materializes into edible culture!
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No matter if you find yourself in South London’s Little Portugal (around Vauxhall, Stockwell and Brixton) or elsewhere in England, Scotland or Wales, finding authentic Portuguese food and even ingredients so that you can taste Portugal at home, shouldn’t be too hard. Yet if you don’t know where to begin, we share with you some of the best establishments and restaurants to make your quest for Portuguee food in the UK a legitimately delicious one!
BEST PORTUGUESE RESTAURANTS IN THE UK
Ty Madeira brings the delights of Portuguese culture and gastronomy to the shores of Cardiff. Their team of chefs follows only traditional Portuguese cooking methods, to ensure that every single dish is not only delicious but also authentic. Apart from very traditional dishes relying heavily on meat and fish, their menu also includes dishes suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but that taste like Portugal nonetheless.
As this is a restaurant that takes its name from the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, we suggest trying some dishes from this region of Portugal. Look out for the king prawns in Madeira wine sauce or go for the beloved Madeiran style skewers with fish or meats!
📍32 St Mary St, CF10 1AB Cardiff
Taste of Portugal
Coffee shop, Portuguese restaurant and deli. Visit Taste of Portugal to sample genuine Portuguese food. From light bites such as appetizers and typical Portuguese meat sandwiches to main dishes focusing on fish, but particularly on meat. From the dessert’s menu, do not miss the baba de camelo, a caramel mousse that translates as “camel’s droll” but that has no dromedaries involved in its making and that will only make you drool! Next to the café, find their Taste of Portugal’s shop with a great selection of fresh and packaged Portuguese products.
📍16 Market House Arcade, PL31 2JA Bodmin
O Cantinho de Portugal
This little corner of Portugal (that’s what the name literally translates as) consists of a bar area and adjoining restaurant room. This is the kind of restaurant Portuguese families in London love to visit for Sunday lunch. Comes here for petiscos, big servings of bacalhau and other regional Portuguese specialties such as Francesinha or Madeiran beef skewers, as well as for wine served by the glass at more than fair prices!
📍 137 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9TN London
Casa do Frango
If there is one Portuguese dish that folks in the UK seem to know and love, that is frango de churrasco, grilled piri-piri chicken. Casa do Frango serves wood-grilled piri-piri chicken as well as Portuguese sharing platters at several locations across London. Founded by pals Marco and Jake, Casa do Frango is the materialization of a friendship that developed in the Algarve region of Portugal where Marco is from, bonding over grilled chicken at traditional shacks.
If you’re looking to eat pretty much like you would in Portugal but while in London, A Toca can provide a genuine experience of what Portuguese gastronomy and ambiance is all about! Their expansive menu features small dishes to share, including specialties such as pig ear salad and chicken gizzards, as well as meat and fish preparations like grilled sardines or steak Portuguese style. With a capacity of up to 130 guests, this is a great option if you’re ever looking to throw a big party with Portuguese flavors in the heart of London!
📍 341-343 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JH London
Jorge and Maria have been running A Torre since 2013, even though the restaurant has been open since 2004. This family owned restaurant is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, large selection of Portuguese wines and authentic taste of traditional Portuguese cuisine. With a truly enticing menu featuring appetizers, meat and seafood dishes, and a beautiful range of home-made desserts, their goal is to “ensure that each visit to A Torre is a special one”.
📍19 Westow St, SE19 3RY London
This bar and restaurant matches exquisite Portuguese wines with all the traditions of local Portuguese food. Welcoming only up to 30 diners at a time, sitting at a marble counter, Bar Douro offers not only delectable cuisine and a great wine selection from the many wine regions across Portugal, but also an intimate and attractive atmosphere. You can also order some of their wines individually or as a part of their curated wine boxes in their online Bottle Shop.
📍Arch 35B 85B Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1 0NQ London
📍Finsbury Avenue Square Unit 3, EC2M 2PF London
When you walk into Caravela restaurant, you know for sure that you have entered a space dedicated not only to Portuguese food, but to Portuguese culture as a whole. The floor is decorated with patterned cobblestones and the marble counter is completed with blue and white tiles. The looks match perfectly the food offerings that concentrate on bringing the best of Portuguese culinary heritage to London.
📍145-149 Battersea high st, SW113JS London
Estrela restaurant and bar brings the best of Portugal to London. From the gastronomy to the wine selection, and even the tablecloths that certainly contribute to transporting you to Portugal during your meal here. Come here for main meals, tapas, or order to enjoy at home through some of the most popular food ordering apps such as Uber Eats, Just Eat and Deliveroo.
📍111 – 115 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1UZ London
This is a restaurant that shows the richness and flavors of Portuguese cuisine. Both the menu and the decor at Grelha D’Ouro are straightforwardly Portuguese. This translates into while walls with blue touches when it comes to the interior design; and dishes like salted cod, octopus, seafood rice or cataplana between their extensive selection that also features Portuguese meat delicacies.
📍151 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XN London
Located next to Heathrow Airport, this establishment combines a café, restaurant and delicatessen focusing on tasty and authentic Portuguese food. Visit the restaurant for a full meal, the café for a quick snack or a cup of coffee and a Portuguese pastry, or browse a good selection of products imported from Portugal at their store.
📍47 Sipson Way, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0DW Greater London
Typically Portuguese, restaurant O Moinho offers an extensive menu of dishes that highlight some of the most beloved preparations of Portuguese cuisine. From appetizers such as salted cod cakes or flame grilled chorizo, to main dishes like pork loin with Port wine or roasted octopus Lagareiro style.
Their home specials include bacalhau com todos, that is, salted codfish served with chickpeas, potatoes and vegetables with a generous drizzle of luscious olive oil.
📍355A Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JH London
The Three Lions
Down-to-earth café and restaurant that specializes in meat dishes such as Madeira style skewers, pork and clams Alentejo style and Francesinha. As in most respectable Portuguese establishments, desserts are one of the highlights. Choose one of their sweet dishes, which includes homemade puddings, biscuits cake and chocolate mousse.
📍125 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XA London
Pedro Rio runs this unpretentious Portuguese joint in Plymouth with a big smile on his face! While the menu of A Taskinha is not strictly Portuguese, it does feature heavily Portuguese staples like grilled chicken, tapas and appetizers perfect for sampling a variety of dishes and sharing, and even the one thing that can’t be missed at Portuguese restaurants and cafés: pastel de nata!
Their Portuguese custard tarts cost only £1 a piece!
📍53 Union St, Stonehouse, PL1 3LU Plymouth
If you’d like to enjoy a Portuguese feast, visit Algarve’s Grill in Portsmouth. Amongst the many items on their menu, they serve a combo of 5 Portuguese tapas and a bottle of wine, perfect to share with a special someone while getting introduced to the tantalizing flavors of Portuguese cuisine.
This restaurant takes its name from Portugal’s southernmost region, famous for its beaches and seafood delights. As such, we recommend trying their Algarve Shrimp dish, featuring shrimp cooked in olive oil and garlic, and served in a soft butter white wine garlic sauce.
📍48 Osborne Rd, Southsea, PO5 3LT Portsmouth
Manzano’s Peri Peri
In their own words, Manzano’s Peri Peri is a restaurant that “caters for people with a chicken addiction”. Based on the heavy presence of chains such as Nando’s in the UK, we sure know how many British folks love Portuguese-style grilled chicken! Manzano’s is a welcoming and lively establishment, perfect for family and friends’ gatherings.
Keep it simple: come here for great chicken and burgers!
📍41 Oxford Road Reading, RG1 7QG Berkshire
This establishment combines a coffee shop as well as a restaurant with a typical Portuguese menu including some of the most recognizable and beloved dishes from Portugal. From appetizers such as tangy octopus salad, clams Bulhão Pato style and fried cuttlefish, just like you’d enjoy in Setúbal, cross the Tejo river from Lisbon. The selection of main dishes vary depending on the day – refer to their Facebook page below if you’re curious about what’s coming out of the oven on the day you’re visiting!
📍21 Wokingham Rd, RG6 1LE Reading
Taste traditional Portuguese cuisine in Sheffield. Na Pedra showcases the best that Portugal has to offer, through their selection of wines and traditional food, aiming to bring a slice of Portuguese culture to Yorkshire. If you miss Portugal, you can visit this restaurant or order online for home-delivery, from their simple but good menu that features appetizers, meat and fish dishes, as well as a few vegetarian options.
📍West One, Fitzwilliam Street, Broomhall, S1 4JB Sheffield
Lisbon Tapas Bar
Authentic Portuguese cuisine in Wales. Lisbon Tapas Bar stands out for the vast menu of Portuguese cuisine, but also quite an extensive list of Portuguese wines. The decor focuses on blue and white tiles, making you feel “at home” in Portugal. The welcoming and charming service, allied to the fabulous cooking, will make your experience here a delight!
📍6 Church St, LL13 8LS Wrexham
BEST PORTUGUESE CAFÉS AND PASTRY SHOPS IN THE UK
A Portuguese Love Affair
A Portuguese Love Affair won the distinction of best pastel de nata in the UK. That alone is enough of a reason to visit this deli, café and boutique shop. The team behind this concept believes this is “the side B of Portugal” right in London. Expect to find loads of yummy food and produce from Portugal. They have a different daily menu, as well as a special weekend menu. On the store side of things, you can find a beautiful selection of not only Portuguese food and wines, but also homeware, books, stationery, gift sets and beauty products. Order online and enjoy free deliveries in all UK on orders of £50 and above!
📍326 Hackney Road, E2 7AX London
This café provides a Portuguese-meets-Brazilian experience to its customers. Their main product is coffee, and they proudly serve the Portuguese brand of coffee Delta, which is the most widely consumed brand across Portugal. Inspired by the café lifestyle in Portugal, Café Lisboa aims to be a place where folks meet, socialize and have good conversations. Of course this all flows much more nicely when you have a good cup of coffee to sip, and even more so while munching on irresistible treats such as egg tarts, bolo de arroz, sweet bean tarts and more!
📍424 Staines Rd, TW14 8BS Feltham, Middlesex
This family run business has imported some of the best Portuguese traditions of pastry baking into the UK. Their custard tarts are so celebrated that they supply other establishments around London, and they have been doing so for over 30 years! So, even if you haven’t visited Casa Madeira yet, chances are you have sampled some of their work if you have visited other Portuguese speciality stores or coffee shops in the city. This is the place to go not only for traditional custard tarts, but also new contemporary variations of the much beloved Portuguese pastry, featuring flavors such as matcha, berries, passion fruit and cocoa!
📍46b Albert Embankment, SE1 7TL London
Open since the 90s, this coffee shop and bakery is a true institution for authentic Portuguese baked goods in London. Their range of pastries is quite extensive, featuring the famous pastel de nata but also so much more. If you’d like to enjoy their variety, visit before 2 PM as the goods are literally so good that they tend to sell out. A delicious place to enjoy a Portuguese sweet bite along with a strong espresso coffee or a milky galão, that is, a Portuguese latte. This is one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s favorite shops in London – and that is quite an endorsement!
📍57 Golborne Road, W10 5NR London
Typical Portuguese bakery and coffee shop that mixes an unpretentious setting with a seriously strong selection of Portuguese cakes, such as the usual pastel de nata, bread of god, rice muffins and more. Read about our recommended must-try Portuguese cakes and pastries here! Apart from baked goods, they also have a small deli store where you can find great Portuguese olive oil, wine and canned fish such as sardines.
📍141 Stockwell Road, SW9 9 London
Sintra Café & Delicatessen
Established in 1986, this more-than-a-café also includes a grocery store and small restaurant in its space. Sintra Café has an amazing range of Portuguese products and an atmosphere that could easily make you wonder if you have stepped inside a café in Lisbon’s very own Alfama. Expect tiled walls, Portuguese newspapers, Portuguese channels playing on TV and Benfica football club scarves hanging from the wall. Our friend and travel journalist Rob Crossan lives in the Little Portugal area of London and who has been coming here for 18 years recommends you don’t miss out on the fried calamari!
📍146-148 Stockwell Road Brixton, SW9 9TQ London
WHERE TO BUY PORTUGUESE FOODS AND WINE IN THE UK
Grocery store specializing in Portuguese, South African & Brazilian products. Apart from packaged goods from some of the most popular Portuguese brands, they also have a good selection of fresh and frozen ingredients, like cured meats, fish and dairy items. Fresh sweet and savory bakery items can be ordered for next day collection!
📍Visit the store at: 294 Leith Walk, EH6 5BX Edinburgh
📦 Or order online after browsing the selection on their website: casaamiga.co.uk/shop
Family run little delicatessen, ideal for a quick, affordable and authentic taste of Portugal. Enjoy a lovely lunch featuring the special dishes of the day or one of their signature pork sandwiches. Arturo’s is also the place to go to in Glasgow for purchasing Portuguese ingredients such as cured meats, cheeses and other specific products from Portugal such as lupin beans or our country’s most popular soft drink, Sumol.
📍1 Carmunnock Rd, Mount Florida, G44 4TZ Glasgow
If you’re looking to buy your Portuguese groceries and have a little something to eat while at it, visit Ilha Dourada in London’s Stockwell Road. This shop sells both packaged products and fresh fruit, vegetables and Portuguese style bread. Besides ingredients to take home, Ilha Dourada squeezes in its space a small bar where you can also have a snack.
📍65 Stockwell Road, SW9 9QA London
Made in Portugal
Ethnic grocery store specializing in Portuguese products, in their own words, “at the best prices you’ll find in the UK”. This Portuguese specialist stocks fresh and dried foods, snacks, and drinks. Apart from products you can purchase to take home, Made in Portugal also includes a little café and restaurant serving sweet and savory specialities from Portugal. When the sun shines, take advantage of their outdoor seating!
📍Shernhall street 171, E179HX London
Exquisite Portuguese Wines
Owners Maria-José and Paulo Silveirinha started Exquisite Portuguese Wines back in 2014, after dreaming about this project for a long time, since back in the days when they were both working connected with the wine industry while in Portugal. Whether you are an individual or an industry client, expect a wide range of Portuguese wines, spirits and even olive oil, as well as dedicated customer service!
📦 Order online from exquisite-portuguese-wines.co.uk
This company features exclusive wines that, within the UK market, you will only come across through them. They import the finest wines from Portugal, supplied by independent vineyards. Buy individual bottles or make your own case, with a selection of your choice. Their Vintage Vault features some of the most special wines within their range!
📦 Order online from www.portuguesevinhos.uk and enjoy free delivery on orders above £130!
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