Portugal's Attractions: Cervejaria Trindade
Cervejaria Trindade is a historic restaurant in the Chiado district of Lisbon, popular with both locals and tourists alike.
The Cervejaria Trindade is a huge, vaulted space decorated with large, blue and white azulejos tile work with a lovely patio garden.
The Cervejaria Trindade is built in what was once the refectory of the 13th century monastery of the Trinos Friars of the Redemption of Captives, set up to aid prisoners held by their Muslim captors during the Reconquista period of Portuguese history.
After the dissolution of the monasteries in Portugal in 1834, the space was purchased by Manuel Garcia, a Spanish businessman, who opened Lisbon's first commercial beer hall here with beer brewed on the premises. As monasteries also brewed their own beer, the Cervejaria Trindade claims to be the oldest continuous brewery in Portugal.
The Cervejaria Trindade is now owned by Sagres, one of Portugal's top two brewers.
The two large rooms of the Cervejaria Trindade are decorated with magnificent tile panels designed by Francisco Ferreira with motifs inspired by the Freemasons.
The panels depict allegorical figures representing the four elements, the four seasons (winter is no longer there as a door was pushed through in the 19th century) and industry and commerce on the back wall.
The stone mosaic panels in the back room were designed by the artist Maria Keil (1914-2012) in the 20th century and are based on classic Portuguese calçadas (mosaic pavements).
The Cervejaria Trindade serves traditional Portuguese cuisine (meat, fish, shellfish) along with its excellent beer, wine from different regions of Portugal and its signature sweet desserts (mousse, flans and puddings).
Prices may be on the high side, but the interior decoration, excellent service from the waiters in traditional costume plus the historic atmosphere, justify the rates.
Rua Nova da Trindade, 20c
Tel: 213 423 506
Hours: 10am-2pm; Daily
The nearest Lisbon metro station to Cervejaria Trindade is Baixa-Chiado.