I booked a holiday in Mid Wales and decided to visit the University town of Aberystwyth while I was in the neighbourhood. Parking was difficult and we were ready for something to eat after a long search for a space. The restaurant at the top of my list was Gwesty Cymru: a quaint, small restaurant situated on the promenade and with great views out to sea. I had read a number of reviews for this small hotel and restaurant, and it had a good reputation.
We arrived 15 minutes before they were due to close in preparation for the evening sitting. Fortunately, the staff enquired with the restaurant and we were good to go! We were quickly seated and we all ordered Elderflower Presse (no comments please). The lunchtime menu was quite small but offered enough variety for most palates. I ordered the breakfast scotch egg, which was huge and very tasty. Once the the crispy breaded outer broke, the free range egg oozed yolk onto the sausage, bacon, mushroom and black pudding filling. The egg was accompanied by a homemade Bloody Mary ketchup. My wife shared the cheese platter, which was hearty and scrumptious, with my daughter. The breaded Perl Wen and home made chutney were a divine combination and the Magic Welsh Rarebit was good too.
My wife and I ordered the Vietnamese vegetable spring roll on a bed of soy and plum noodles – very fresh vegetables cooked to perfection in a light crispy roll. The noodles were great too. My daughter ordered the Balinese coconut chicken curry which arrived with well cooked rice and prawn crackers. It was a very nice curry: very creamy and well presented. It was a definite thumbs up at this stage.
As it felt like our waists had increased by a few inches, we decided to share a lighter dessert in the form of a trio of panna cotta. It was a work of art and it consisted of three varieties: lemon, elderflower, and vanilla and cassis. The texture of the panna cotta was perfect and flavours were nice, although the lemon could have done with a little more ‘lemon’. With two rounds of drinks, the meal was a little over £60 – which was excellent value. If you’re in Aberystwyth please give this place a try.