Knights GastroPub, Pernera Area, Protaras

Knights GastroPub, Pernera, Protaras, Established 1988

This is without a doubt one of my favourite pubs come restaurants in Cyprus, with an impeccable history, probably because it’s owned and run by an exceptional family.  Following in its success serving quality food, these days it’s become a GastroPub and tbh it’s an excellent eaterie, to say the least.  It’s where everyone goes and inevitably, ends up going back! … I just have to say, it gets really busy on weekends, so a good tip, I tend to go more in the week 😉

I’ve watched this pub grow since it opened in 1988.  It’s all dark wood, tables, comfy seats and benches.  The whole place is covered in artefacts, posters, blackboards and hundreds of photos added over the years.  I’m sure I’m in a few, ha!, in fact, I probably took a few of them too.  It’s a cool mix of an international clientele, and of course, the locals in the area, even our nationals who swarm down to the East Coast for a swim on a weekend, and all add to the ever-increasing repeat custom and inevitably, I’d have to say; it’s one of the most successful pubs in Cyprus!

In the Kitchen

Bursting at the seams with talent, let’s start with their head chef, one of my best friends Xenis, without doubt one of Cyprus’ finest chefs, who passionately conjures up his GastroPub style cuisine, using only the freshest and finest ingredients, many picked from his personal mini farm.  The rest are bought from very selected local suppliers, except of course when they need to be internationally authentic.

Home Cooking
I’ve had the pleasure to dine at head chef Xenis’ home and trust me this guy knows how to cook!  We had lamb fillet and lamb ribs and he put 40 Kg of lamb bones in the oven to reduce to graduate the sauce to complement the meal.  His friends call him a ‘Perfectionist’ and if this video doesn’t make you believe, nothing will.

A good cook knows his seasonal herbs, spices and compliments and in the kitchen Xenis is surrounded by them, adding a pinch here and there to compliment each dish.  tbh, you’ll find dishes here you won’t find anywhere else, because when Xenis finds something unusual on his shopping trips, you’ll find them on the specials menu … so whatever you do, don’t forget to ask to see the day’s specials! …

The menu is extensive, to say the least, so it’s really hard to choose, but I’ll cover a few of my favourites … for starters, it’s either the Mushrooms in creamy garlic sauce or the Homemade Chicken Liver Pate … ‘Having said that, the Stuffed Pumpkin Flowers are extraordinary, picked from Xenis’ garden and stuffed with Goat Cheese … Mmm! … Click here to see their full Menu

Every day is Friday here, so if you like fish you’ll be in heaven.  The ‘Fresh Sea Bass Fillets’ with orange thyme sauce, is one of Xenis’ favourites … The ‘Fresh Poached Salmon Fillet’, served with fresh homemade Teriakki sauce, and fresh spinach definitely one of mine, and occasionally I just opt for a good old ‘Cod & Chips.  The fresh ‘Crusted Tuna’ in teriyaki sauce and the imposter ‘Lion Fish’ with sweet chilli sauce, both unique to say the least, and btw, it’s really cool coz they’re helping marine life at the same time!

It’s Beef
I often choose a steak, absolutely fresh, carefully selected ‘Angus Fillet’, just grilled or with a choice of tantalising sauces and of course cooked to perfection.  You really must try the ‘Ribeye’ steak with garlic butter omg! …. or maybe the ‘Tomahawk Steak’, all 1000 grams of it … or a homemade ‘Angus Beef Burger’, just mouth-watering, or if you don’t fancy beef, the brilliant ‘Pulled Pork Burgers’ topped with melted Mexican cheese, just delicious!

Mexican Corner
On that note; The ‘Nachos’ are just brilliant, but which ones?  There’s 4 to choose from, my fav the chicken, topped with melted Mexican cheese and jalapenos, served with guacamole and sour cream dips and a tantalizing spicy tomato sauce, mindblowing!

Adding some international options makes it even more difficult to choose, especially trying a few of the Cypriot favourites, like the homemade traditional ‘Moussaka’ in a hot pot, or my absolute favourites, the ‘Green or Red Thai Curries’, with sauces carefully blended by Xenis, using products grown in his allotments and imported from Thailand … The homemade ‘Pizzas’ are just like Mama used to make, so create your own, or my fav is the ‘Seafood Pizza’.  But just wait ’til you try the ‘Duck Breast’ served with honey and berry sauce! it’s a taste-bud explosion!

Kids & Veggies
There’s a delicious vegetarian selection; my fav is the vegetarian ‘Green Thai Curry’, oh and there’s a cooool kid’s corner too, my grandson loves their ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’, and btw, they like to stay one step ahead of the competition, so you’ll probably get one extra chicken nugget here 😉

Omg! You must leave some room for one of Knights’ homemade desserts.  Full of fresh ingredients that make them just irresistible.  So, if you can resist the ‘Sticky Toffee Cake’, you really must try the Tiramisu or the ‘Bailey’s Cheesecake’, they’re to die for!

Homemade Ice Creams
Brother Panicos lends a hand in making the homemade ice creams and sorbets, with a huge selection of flavours, my favs are mint with chocolate, rum and raisin and the tiramisu and the pavlova, ha!, and you’re bound to love one of them, tbh, sometimes I just pop in for coffee and afters!

Behind the Bar
Truly a family pub, you name it they’ll have it … there’s loads of fun and frolics, and more than ten beers on draught including local brews, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Paulaner, Guinness and Ciders.  There’s vodka delights and if you’ve been coming here for years and you can’t find Akis’ exotic cocktail menu, just ask … btw, gin lovers go for the ‘Knights Vision’ or the ‘Pink Queen’

There’s also big TVs and huge screens all over the place, so you can see what your listening to, coz this DJ mixes up music videos with regular trips back to the 70’s 80’s 90’s and now the noughties … oh and, just in case you’re wondering, I designed their T-Shirts, they’re the Dogs! and a must-buy! 😉

Live Sports
Oh, and it’s a must for live sports fans, with so many screens and almost as many satellite dishes they often have several sports on at once, all you have to do is ask and they will probably find it because this place shows absolutely everything with live English commentary.

Cyprus Rocks
Back in 2018 Knights Bar sort of accidentally became the ‘after bar’ for the Classic Rock Festival in October and it looks like this year the festival is cancelled again but I’m sure the rockers will still come back to meet up with their friends, and there will probably be a bit of rock music for you to enjoy!

Gotta go back
This is one of those bars that hold on to their repeat visitors as well as getting a whole new bunch hooked every season!  So if you wanna eat Booking is highly recommended coz it tends to get really busy, especially at weekends, so maybe try going Monday to Thursday 😉 … and say hi to Akis, Emily, Panikos, George, and Emily for me …

It’s a great place to hold a birthday party or a special event, maybe a small wedding party, because they’ll help you choose your munchies, and make sure you have a day to remember!

Open Long Summer Season
April ’til November
Daily: 10 am ’til 1 am
Kitchen: 10 am to 11 pm
Free Wifi

You’ll find Knights at 58, Pernera Road, Pernera, Protaras … It’s in the heart of the Pernera area of Protaras, which is not far from Protaras or Kapparis, on the bend you can’t really miss it … Click on the Google Map logo below …
GPS: 35.031233, 34.036782

An eaterie, absolutely extraordinaire!

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