A BELA VISTA
€ A Bela Vista (249 312 870. Rua Marquês Pombal, 6 - Ponte Velha; closed for dinners on Mondays, closed on Tuesdays). This is near the old bridge over the Nabão river, which cuts through Tomar, so you’ll have a lovely view over the castle and the river here. They have an excellent regional gastronomic menu, and their specialties include roast lamb and fish stew.
€€ A Lúria (249 381 402. Portela de São Pedro, 34, Portela; closed for dinner on Sundays, closed Mondays). The name means literally “hare’s lair”, and it reminds us of the time when this restaurant was a sullen, dark, narrow and long tavern, quite similar to a lair. It can be found on the Santa Cita road towards Castelo do Bode. They serve local organic, seasonal food such as açorda de sável (allis shad fish with bread porridge).
€€€ Chico Elias (249 381 402. Rua Principal, 70 – Algarvias; closed for dinner on Sundays, closed Tuesdays). An original, charismatic place, with a rustic old brick and wood interior and a rustic yet creative menu.