Thursday 22 January – Sunday 25 January
Taste a piece of Portugal this January when Casa Da Calçada visits the Great Gallery at Pall Mall. Situated in the quaint town of Amarante in northern Portugal, the 16th century hotel is next to the Duoro Valley, known worldwide for its Port wine vineyards, amidst majestic scenery.
Head Chef Vitor Matos, Sous Chef Andre Silva and their team will be in the Pall Mall kitchens, cooking fresh Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from ingredients local to their region for you to enjoy.
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To book telephone: 020 7747 3375
Vítor Matos studied Culinary Arts and Pastry in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where he had the priviledge to learn from chef Francis Grandjean.
After graduating in 1995, he worked at 'Restaurant de Jeunes Rives', returning to Portugal at the end of the same year. In 1998 he had his first job as a Chef, at Estalagem Quinta do Paço, in Vila Real, and more recently the Grande Hotel da Curia and the Grande Hotel das Caldas da Felgueira, until 2004.
In 2003, he won the Portugese 'Chef of the Year', becoming a well-known professional. In 2004 Vítor launched a new project with chef Luís Américo, creating a gourmet restaurant at Quinta do Pendão, in São Pedro do Sul. During that time he had the opportunity to 'cook with senses', discovering a new passion for aromatic herbs and edible flowers. This also gave him a greater appreciation for traditional cuisine and how it cannot be separated from senses and emotions.
In 2005, at the age of 28, he faced one of the biggest challenges of his career as a Chef at the Hotel Le Meridien Park Atlantic, in Oporto, which inspired and motivated him deeply.
2010 brought many changes, and Vítor started leading the kitchen of the Largo do Paço restaurant, at Casa da Calçada, Relais & Chateaux. It was a difficult change but he has been able to keep his Michelin star since then, to which he has added other recognitions such as 'Garfo D'Ouro'. In 2012 Vítor Matos won the award 'Prix Chefs de L'Avenir' by the 'Academie Internacional de Gastronomie' in Paris.
Location and Destination
The 'Casa da Calçada' - Relais & Châteaux is located in the northern Portugal, in the historical quarters of the quaint town of Amarante, only 60km from Porto. Northern Portugal is becoming a must for travellers who are looking for quite and unique destinations, away from mass tourism, attracted not only by the peaceful and beautiful landscapes, but also by the Portuguese history, culture and wining and dining traditions.
Amarante is one of the most important examples of the romantic architecture in Portugal, with a very well preserved historical and monumental area, where guests can either visit the Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso Museum or wander through the narrow streets of the old town, or even enjoy the pleasures and challenges of the 18 holes golf course, situated only 15 minutes from the property.
For those more adventurous, the Tâmega River, offers all the conditions for canoeing, rafting or just trekking following the river side banks.
The 'Casa da Calçada' – Relais & Châteaux stands only one hour from the Douro Valley, a World Heritage by UNESCO and worldwide known for its Port Wine vineyards, where guests can board a cruise, while enjoying the dramatic sights of the river, visiting the Port wine estates where, hosted by the owners, they will be treated with exclusive wine tasting.
'Casa da Calçada' - Relais & Châteaux was built during the 16th century, to become one of the Palaces for the Count of Redondo. During the Napoleon’s Campaign, the house had a major role on the defence of Amarante and the road to Porto, being the
main headquarters for the allied commanders (Portuguese and British). During the battle, and on its third day, the house was destroyed by a fire.
After these events (1817) the estate was bought by a local family and then rebuilt. During the beginning of the 20th century, the house became one of the most important meeting places in the northern Portugal, either for politician or intellectuals, lead by António do Lago Cerqueira, born in the palace on 1880, and one of the most important leaders of the 1st Portuguese Republic.
After an exile in France, where he became an expert on wines, Lago Cerqueira, returned to Portugal and founded, in the house itself, one of the most important wineries of 'Vinho Verde'.
The property was fully rehabilitated in 2001 and is now a landmark amidst the Portuguese hospitality treasures and since November 2003 a proud member of the Relais & Châteaux chain.
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