5 OF THE BEST COSY RESTAURANTS IN WALES | FOOD FEATURE
With the nights getting longer and the thermometer getting lower, you might as well make your rare forays outside worthwhile, as Lorria Sahmet counts down the five cosiest restaurants to curl up in.
The Walnut Tree
Built in the 60’s, The Walnut Tree Inn has since refurbished their dining area into an intimate 20-seated space surrounded by the beautiful Welsh countryside. Headed by Michelin star chef Shaun Hill, the menu is an eclectic mix of his own personal tastes combined with fresh ingredients that changes every day.
Old Ross Road, Llanddewi Skirrid, Abergavenny. Info: 018 7385 2729 / www.thewalnuttreeinn.com
Situated in Llanelli’s North Dock, Sosban is tucked away in a Grade 2 historic building that has been restored into the cosy corner it is today. The restaurant is decorated with exposed brick walls, wooden ceiling beams and leather seating creating a casual and relaxed dining experience, offering up simple meat and seafood dishes complete with an attractive dessert menu – just what you need for a full-hearted meal.
The Pump House, North Dock, Llanelli. Info: 015 5427 0020 / www.sosban.wales
A gem in the Welsh countryside, dining at The Hardwick comes with beautiful views of the Abergavenny hills. While its exterior is the shell of a former pub, the interior is made inviting by the dark wooden furniture, kaftan rugs and homely atmosphere. Having won Best Restaurant in Wales in 2013, it serves an impressive selection of duck, chicken, fish and more, all made with the freshest ingredients.
Old Raglan Road, Abergavenny. Info: 018 7385 4220 / www.thehardwick.co.uk
The Salt Cellar
Scenically situated by the coast with Paragon beach right at its doorstep, The Salt Cellar is dedicated to serving the finest ingredients Pembrokeshire has to offer. The menu consists of light and fresh dishes inspired by the surrounding landscape, including dry aged beef, braised pork belly and cod loin, The Salt Cellar is the ideal place to unwind and catch up with family and friends.
Esplande, Tenby. Info: 018 3484 4005 / www.thesaltcellartenby.co.uk
Elgano Italian Restaurant
Centred in the heart of Cardiff, Elgano Italian restaurant presents to diners a traditional Italian bistro. With its combination of typical Italian diner décor, it reflects the authenticity of a local taverna. Find on the menu a delightful array of traditional Italian dishes that will transport you to the warm weather of Italy.
56 Cathedral Road, Cardiff. Info: 029 202 55853 / www.elgano.co.uk