One of the perks of being part of the vibrant North Wales business community is when lovely invitations drop into your inbox. Most recent was the opening of the brand new Belmont Hotel, the latest feather in the cap of Giant Hospitality.
It’s a traditional 3 storey Victorian building on the edge of the Great Orme at the west end of Llandudno promenade with a stunning view across the Bay.
Lisa Fotios was my “plus 1” and what a lovely evening we had. Lisa is a commercial photographer at Indever Web Solutions and she brought her camera along to take some great shots of the evening.
The facade of the hotel has been kept to the original design with all its character features. The entrance way has been modernised with glass frontage, full disabled access and a lovely ground floor patio.
We were welcomed with a glass of prosecco and shown into the restaurant – all laid out for dinner. Residents and non-residents can enjoy dinner here and what a lovely atmosphere. The styling is contemporary with a touch of quirk. Shades of grey and teal furnishings flow through the hotel, crushed velvet upholstery, with polished copper light fittings. The wall art made us smile and added a touch of humour to all the rooms. If you want to know more you’ll have to visit.
There are 2 rooms that make up the restaurant. The back area provides a cosy, intimate space with warm lighting and a pleasant atmosphere. The front room spills out onto the terrace with french windows wide open to take in the evening sun. The hotel will be offering morning coffee on the terrace which makes it a great spot for business meetings, and cake consultations!
The staff were friendly and attentive – constantly filling up our glasses, and offering us delicious tasters from “The Grill at North Shore” menu. I want to call them canapés but they were much more generous than that. I think the definition of a canapé – is one bite, so these were 3 or 4 bites – which was amazing, and gave us a real flavour of the types of dishes to be served in Llandudno’s first steak restaurant.
A good choice of dishes on the main menu included every type of steak you can imagine as well as options for vegetarians, and those less keen on red meat!
We were offered pulled pork, mini burgers, and mini steaks – all served in soft brioche style mini-buns. Chicken fillets on skewers, grilled Portobello mushrooms and breaded meatballs. Lisa and I tried most things between us, and enjoyed every bite.
The hotel describes itself as luxury boutique style and we were invited to view the bedrooms on the first floor. The decor notes continued up the stairs with lovely bedrooms – fluffy white duvets, stylish cushions, cute furniture and nicely appointed bathrooms. Wifi in all the rooms is an essential requirement for the modern traveller, even if only so you can post your selfie with the view of the Queen of Welsh Resorts behind you. The rooms we viewed were small but perfectly ample – and there are a range of differently sized rooms on the upper floors and in the back part of the building.
The bar is a welcoming sight when you arrive at the reception area serving local ales as well as fine wines and spirits.
On the front of the building is a private dining room seating around 12 – ideal for a family dinner or business meeting. A large picture window frames the view and floods light into this beautifully styled room.
My favourite detail is the salt and pepper shakers – shaped like polished mussel shells. So cute.
It was nice to see some familiar faces during the evening. Local business folk all gathered to check out the hotel and to wish the owners well in their new venture.
Lisa and I really enjoyed our evening – we chatted and munched, and had a good look round. And yes, of course it would have been rude to say no to that extra glass of wine. Thank you Lisa for keeping me company and for your great images.
All the best to the team at Giant Hospitality, and especially the new hotel management who will be running things on a day to day basis. We wish you well.
The best news is that we live just a 10 minute walk away and look forward to booking a table for a proper nosh-up. Mr Bond does love a steak dinner, and we’ll share a bottle of wine as we take in the view that we get to call home.
All the photos in this blog belong to my talented companion and you can see more of her work at www.lisafotiosphotography.co.uk. Lisa especially enjoys photographing business events, so if you’ve got something planned get in touch and see if she can help you.
That’s all for now,
I’m Judith – 50% Caker, 50% Blogger, and this is my Food & Lifestyle blog where I tell you my cake stories, review products I love and share my top baking tips. I love to write and take pretty photographs so have a read and see what you think.
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