By Tracy Roth-Rotsas
The Anoi Pub & Bar in Kouklia is actually located within the Aphrodite Hills Resort complex and one of the few establishments which remains open all year round.
Particularly in winter, it is very inviting: warm earthen-toned décor, leather lounge chairs and bar stools, heavy wooden tables, thick curtains, and a sweeping bar that provides easy access from any part of the room due to its curvature. The array of beers on tap is moderate but supported by a greater selection of international ones in bottles. Cocktails are a specialty (especially in summer) and of course, wine, both local and international are available.
For football fans, the large flat screen TVs adorn virtually every free wall, but are strategically placed higher than usual and angled downwards, in an effort to compromise with people who would rather just enjoy a nice pub meal while on holiday.
In Summer, or on sunny Wintery days, there is a beautiful, spacious, covered terrace with spectacular panoramic views: Anoi Pub is one level above ground floor and reachable by a set of heavy steps…I hadn’t considered how that impacted physically-challenged people until writing this. Upon checking this, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there is actually a lift that is offered, should it be required.
Food-wise, the Anoi menu is not cheap – it is after all, situated within a five-star resort complex – however, for the money you pay, you do get a very large portion. The ribs, in particular were quite overwhelming and managed to get the better of us with a deliciously sticky sauce and tasty morsels of meat.
Probably one of the nicest aspects of the pub is the vibe. It’s casual but cosy. Warm and inviting on a winter’s night, but once the curtains are pulled back and the verandah doors opened wide, the light breeze, gorgeous views and warmth of summer could lure even the most reclusive of hermits out of hiding.
Service is fabulous, prompt, attentive and friendly!
Due to its location within the resort and the hotel right next door, the majority of its patrons are tourists, however every time I’ve visited, there has always been a spattering of locals, foreign locals, and regular visitors, so it seems to hold somewhat of a universal appeal.
Overall, Anoi Pub is a great venue to have a casual get together or a genuinely “nice” meal out with family or friends.
Anoi Pub & Bar
Where: Aphrodite Hills Resort, Kouklia
When: Open 3pm-midnight (Kitchen 4-10.30pm), reservations advised on weekends
Contact: 26-829480, www.aphroditehills.com/bar-restaurant/anoi-pub/
Price: mains €15-25, cocktails €7-8