Monday, 7 July 2014

Friday 2nd May 2014...

Food with the 4J's - two lunch at Coast Restaurant, Coppet Hall, Saundersfoot

 http://coastsaundersfoot.co.uk/

It was a lovely sunny day when we decided to make our first visit to this restaurant. Newly opened by Neil & Zoe from The Grove in Molleston nr Narberth and headed up by chef Will Holland.

We decided to order two non alcoholic cocktails and to sit on the terrace and decide what we would order for lunch. We were a little surprised there was no separate lunch menu as they offer one at The Grove. 
We visited here quite early into it's initial opening and there were a few things not finished surrounding the restaurant but this didn't effect our enjoyment. The food we chose was fishfingers & chips and John Dory filets for main course with a side order of greens (£4!) For dessert we had pear with panna cotta & blood orange sorbet baked alaska followed by two coffees. We felt there could have been a drop more coffee in the cups or have been offered the option of cafetieres?? (as one of us doesn't take milk in our coffee)
We had an unfortunate encounter with a guy who may possibly have been a manager but we believe/hope he has since left.
The bill including tip for lunch was £74 for the two of us so not cheap. One of us has already returned for cocktails & nibbles with family members and we watch with interest whether a lunch menu appears...maybe late Autumn??













Saturday, 18 January 2014

January 2014 Y Polyn, Capel Dewi, Carmarthen

http://www.ypolynrestaurant.co.uk/





Only three J's made it on our first outing of 2014....
Great value Credit Crunch Lunch which changes each week and even though one of the J's disliked rice pudding she could choose an alternative from the main menu ..sticky toffee pudding.

We thought it was fabulous, real food, well put together, very tasty and would go back every week if it was on our doorstep.

Also with being in the area we couldn't resist an afternoon cuppa en route home at http://wrightsfood.co.uk/
to stock up on some goodies and get more info about their exciting move up the road....our next trip out will be there watch this space.....

December 2013 2nd visit to Hammet House Llechryd nr Cardigan

 Starters...

 Mains...
 x 2
 desserts..



 A lovely real fire...
After our last visit we decided to return again as Hammet House are still 'work in progress' although there were no changes to the reception/bar/lounge & restaurant areas. The large function room has a lovely new floor and looks all the better for it. The toilets still need some attention to match up to the rest of the downstairs.
We were disappointed again to be the only diners at lunch time although the real fire helped the atmosphere.
So, the service was good, the food was good, the Christmas decorations were.....interesting.....
There were two main negatives for us on this occasion...the cost of £31 per head with no alcohol (only three ginger beers)(you can eat at a Michelin star restaurant in London such as Hibiscus for lunch @ £35 per head) and the atmosphere as there was some medical thing going on and a couple of nurses walking about made us feel we were in some kind of institution?

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Wright's in the garden at Aberglasney....

Wednesday 31st July 2013 three 4 J's and 'Jiz' visit http://www.wrightsfood.co.uk/aberglasney/ 
Homemade lemonade
Tuna nicoise salad
Two quiches with salad leaves and nasturtium flower from the garden
Cnwd Pork rillette & toast
Lilies on the lake
Beautifully kept gardens

The afternoon was finished off by coffee and cake at http://www.wrightsfood.co.uk/......yum.....

One 4 J goes to India....

In May one of the 4 J's visited India on the occasion of her husbands birthday. For his birthday meal they went to the Rajbari restaurant in Kolkata.
The restaurant serves traditional Bengali cooking. Everything is served on  traditional brass plates & glasses. There were a group of eight at the dinner and they shared dal, cauliflower roast, spiced filled battered fish, fish with mustard, prawns in coconut milk, chicken korma & rice.
All the dishes were delicious but the best was the Kulfi ice cream wrapped in fresh mango.....yum...






Sunday, 23 June 2013





Wednesday 5th June 2013
The Moorings @ Dale 
A restaurant with a view......


 All of the 4 J's dined on this occasion..
Chilli roasted feta en croute, olive tapenade, basil emulsion & water melon sorbet..

Pan roasted scallops, smoked bacon, peas & salad leaves..

Chicken liver parfait with balsamic jelly, toasted ciabatta, red onion marmalade and salad..

Roasted field mushroom, thyme, confit garlic, peanuts, blue cheese, sauce vierge..

Fishermans pie with cod, prawns & mussels topped with creamy mashed potatoes and market vegetables..

Roasted cod fillet wrapped in bacon with provencal vegetables, fondant potatoes and salsa verdi..

  Roasted pepper & basil moussaka topped with aubergine, potato & cheese sauce and a green garden salad..

 Pan seared sea bass with a garlic prawn tortallini, pan roasted scallop, smokey haddock brandade & summer vegetables..

Welsh cheese board with 4 cheeses, home made chutney & cheese biscuits.. 

White chocolate panacotta with summer fruits & biscotti..

Lemon custard creme brule with Welsh strawberries & vanilla ice cream..

Mocha white chocolate delice with vanilla cream and chocolate ice cream..
Drinks were soft drinks, water was brought to the table and we ended the lunch with a pot of coffee.

Our thoughts at the end of a very relaxing lunch (with the odd distraction of a boat arriving at the pontoon which was part of the fabulous view we enjoyed) were that the food & service were excellent....a tiny criticism...the quality of the background music could be improved but the couple running the place deserve success!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The Corran in Laugharne - April 2013


 http://www.thecorran.com/


Three J's made it to The Corran Resort & Spa on a sunny April lunchtime.

This was formerly Hurst House and has recently had a 'makeover' by the new owner. We were fortunate to meet him and he came across as a very nice friendly guy. He seemed to have an understanding of what guests are looking for when they want to have a break away. After lunch, we somehow managed to get ourselves an invitation to have a look around many of the rooms & spa. We were all impressed by what is being done to the rooms and all of them looked comfortable and luxurious. On a cold April day we also liked the fact that all the rooms were warm!

Lunch was served in a large conservatory which was also warm, and whilst there was only one other table dining, there was a nice ambience and we all felt comfortable. We thought it would look really lovely in the evenings as there were lots of candles around.

Lunch was pleasant but perhaps fell slightly short of the rest of the surroundings.

The staff were very friendly and local, which is nice touch.

This is what we ate & drank...

non alcoholic mojito cocktails...

 Chicken dish..
 Butternut squash tagine with rice and yogurt & coriander..
 Courgette & Pea & Mint ravioli with butternut squash...
 A HUGE..cheeseboard..we could have shared it between the three of us!...
 Chocolate torte...
 Chocolate, pepper & ginger cake...
 A beautifully presented pot of tea....


Overall, we enjoyed our time at The Corran. We would definitely return and would tell others to try it...it has great potential to get even better....