Looking for a celebratory and cosy dining experience within the rural Welsh landscape? The Hand at Llanarmon has you covered as an ancient hostelry which has tonnes of character!
One of the thirty most cosy pubs in Britain.The Sunday Telegraph
My fiance & I are always on a mission for a unique eatery each year to toast our anniversary, and with an activity weekend planned ahead filled with coastal walks and mountain hikes, we felt it was imperative to kick things off with a hearty three course meal.
The Hand hits the spot if you’re after a relaxing ambience; rustic decor, old wooden beams, roaring fireplaces, a mix-and-match of pine and oak furniture, real ale and most importantly, a decent menu from the Head Chef Grant Mulholland and his team. It’s also worth noting the sophisticated metropolitan cuisine is award-winning; Head Chef Grant has also been awarded two AA Rosettes for “culinary excellence” and The Hand have also been included in the prestigious Michelin Guide, along with securing a Five Star Food Hygiene Award.
Let’s get straight into the recommended dishes to give you a flavour of what this place is all about…
- Cream of Broccoli & Welsh Per-Las Cheese Soup, Served with Warm Bread & Netherend Farm Butter
- Pressed Terrine of Rabbit & Pork, Date, Pistachio & Chorizo Served with Fruit Chutney & Tomato Focaccia Bread
- Grilled Sea Bass Fillets, served with Samphire & Lobster Sauce
- Roast Rump of Marinated Welsh Lamb, served with Black Pudding, Perl-Las Cheese & Cauliflower Puree, Walnuts & Veal Reduction
Washed down with a glass of chilled, white Sauvignon Blanc and a side of hand-cut chips (of course!)
A key call out would have to be the Sea Bass fillet; the fish was cooked to perfection but what struck me the most was the samphire & lobster sauce; a deliciously indulgent taste of the sea delivered straight to the restaurant.
The lamb was equally impressive with not only being cooked well (medium rare as requested) but the sauce again was the show stopper for this dish; rich & sweet – the ideal companion for a lamb dish.
Every day of the year between 12:00-2:30pm at lunchtimes and 6:00-8:30pm in the evenings.
Hands up if you’ll be trying out this place when next in the area?