During our holiday we dined at Lorraine's Magic Hill Restaurant on 3 separate occasions. The menu was extensive, the food was always excellent and the portions were enormous. I'm a veggie and there was plenty of choice, with Lorraine suggesting several veggie 'specials' that weren't even on the menu. My partner is most definitely a meat-eater and managed to work his way through a varied selection including chicken, swordfish, lamb & pork. Most of the ingredients are home reared/produced and are really fresh and juicy. Lorraine's is in a wonderful setting on the hillside, just a short walk up from the beach. You can sit on any one of three levels looking out to sea, with each level offering a slightly different atmosphere depending on how busy it is. Lorraine and her family are really hard working, but in between preparing and serving the food, they managed to find the time to make us feel really welcome and if we ever find ourselves back in Kefalonia, we will definitely make a return visit to their restaurant. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LORRAINE! Best Wishes, Belinda & Sharif xxx
I forgot check the 'Thumbs Up' box on my previous comment, and whilst revisiting the comments box I'd also like to mention that you should check out Lorraine's snack bar on the beach front during the day - the toasted sandwiches are excellent!
We booked a late deal through Kosmar and picked the Villa Mare as it was so close to the beach. This was the making of the holiday as we wouldn't have been too happy walking up and down 'the hill' everyday! We had a 1st floor twin-bedded room with a balcony looking out to sea. The room was clean, light and airy and although there wasn't any air conditioning, it didn't matter as you could leave the french windows open at night and benefit from the sea breeze and the therapeutic sound of the waves (we did take a mozzie net to sleep under though!). The self-catering area was limited to a sink, fridge, two-ring stove, a couple of pots & pans & few cooking implements - enough to prepare light meals, but in reality we only used the stove to boil water for coffee, and the fridge to keep the beer cold!. Yhe ensuite shower room was a bit small, but very clean and functional and there was always plenty of hot water. The cleaner visited twice during the week, and supplied clean sheets & towels etc. The villa is only 10 yards or so from the beach and close to a friendly beach bar which stayed open as late as you wanted. There is a lovely pool, complete with umbrellas and loungers behind the villa, which was built at the start of this season. It was a bit too hot for us there though, so we stayed on the beach most of the time where there was a nice cool breeze.
So in summary - I can highly recommend Kefalonia, Lourdas and the Villa Mare!