What’s a girl to do on a Tuesday night? Usually, a bowl of pasta and a bit of TV. Not this time. Oh no. This time I was kindly invited to the Llandudno Bay Hotel for the evening to taste their new summer menu. It’s just across the Bay from our cottage so very handy. How exciting.
The Llandudno Bay is owned and managed by Giant Hospitality – it’s a magnificent extensively refurbished and very stylish Victorian hotel, part of their Premier collection. I’ve been using it for coffee meetings and cocktails ever since it opened in summer 2016, and always recommend it to friends and colleagues. It’s right next to Venue Cymru, the town’s theatre and conference venue and just a stones throw along the promenade to all the attractions and town centre. You might have seen their trademark giant deckchair in the garden – a photo opportunity if ever there was one.
We started with Pimms on the lawn in the late afternoon sun. It was good to see a number of local bloggers, networkers and influencers all soaking up the heatwave and enjoying a chance to catch up with each other. Tansy Rogerson is the Business Development Manager at Giant Hospitality, the perfect hostess and the reason for this lovely gathering.
We were all ushered into the beautifully appointed Fenton’s Restaurant – an elegantly decorated intimate restaurant area all set up for dinner.
The chef had selected a choice from each of 4 courses for us to try from the new summer menu.
The starter choice was delicious. Menai Seared Scallops with creamy cauliflower puree and chorizo vinaigrette. The Menai Straits which separated the Isle of Anglesey from the rest of Wales is the source of much seafood goodness. We are regular consumers of Menai Mussels farmed by my old school pal Sean Krijnen, but it was a real treat to try these plump juicy scallops cooked to perfection. I’m not normally a big cauliflower fan but the creamy puree matched up really well and the piquant chorizo just lifted the whole dish and gave it a little sparkle.
The main course eaten by most was Herb Coated Cannon of Lamb with carrot and butter braised potato which looked really delicious and the meat-eaters all enjoyed it.
I struggle to call myself a vegetarian. I’m just not that keen on meat, but love fish and most vegetables. However tonight was a good night to embrace the vegetables.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with marinated feta and vegetables in a creamy sauce. I love gnocchi and I love sweet potato so putting them together is just inspired. A little taste of the mediterranean on the North Wales coast.
Who knew pre-dessert was a thing? I cannot tell you the excitement on our table when the penny dropped. Two desserts are generally better than one – especially on a tasting menu.
The hazelnut mousse was served in an espresso cup with blue berries and honeycomb. Now it is true that you can have too much of a good thing, but this pre-dessert was the perfect size. It will appeal to the sweet toothed and the presentation was just stunning. Almost too pretty to dig your spoon in, but not quite.
And finally we were served Strawberry Cannelloni with strawberry sorbet and pistachio. This dessert had Wimbledon written all over it. It oozed strawberry from every crumb but without being over sweet. The cannelloni was filled with a light Italian style cream which reminded me of the mascarpone they fill their cannoli with in Tuscan bakeries. It was a lovely light summery pudding to finish off any meal with guilt or regret. Strawberries are one of our 5 a day – right?
If you fancy a stay in Llandudno you won’t do much better than the waterfront gorgeousness that Llandudno Bay offers. Imagine sitting in the sumptuous bar lounge, drink in hand, watching the sun set behind the Great Orme.
Next time I have a special meal to organise, the Llandudno Bay Hotel will certainly be on my list. Its a real asset to the town, a great place for coffee meetings and you can park for free outside – happy days.
Giant Hospitality is well represented in North Wales with the Belmont and Queen’s Hotel just along Llandudno Promenade and the beautiful Caer Rhun Hall, part of the Manor House collection, down the Conwy valley.
Until next time
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