This time of year allows our head chef, Karl Cheetham, to get creative with the bounty of local products available from salad leaves and cheeses to seasonal fish and organically farmed meats. Recent starters have included mackerel, crab, turbot, scallops and sewin (Welsh sea trout):
Fillet of Cornish Mackerel Pancetta, Beetroot, Creme Fraiche & Horseradish Ice Cream
Cornish Crab Panacotta Cucumber, Tempura Prawns
Crisp Turbot Smoked Shrimp & Cucumber
Pan Seared Scallops Boudin Blanc, Pea Cream
Fillet of Sewin Crushed Jersey Royals, Asparagus, Crisp Hens Egg
Here at Gliffaes, we love cooking with fish and we always aim to use fish considered by the Marine Conservation Society to be sustainable and sensitively harvested, so that we eat the most environmentally responsible seafood as possible. Our chef also favours cooking with award winning Welsh cheeses like Gorwydd Caerphilly and Pearl Wen and local meats including venison and Welsh lamb. Here’s a sample of recent main courses:
Pea & Pearl Wen Tartlet Roasted Cherry and Asparagus
Cumin Rubbed Welsh Lamb Spiced Cous Cous, Curried Fennel, Tomato
Loin of Middlewood Venison Croquette Potato, Green Beans, ancetts, Turnip Puree
Puddings have recently included strawberries of course and other seasonal fruit, including:
Strawberry & Mascarpone Cheesecake Berry Compote
Walnut & Treacle Tart Apple Sorbet
Trio of Puddings Pistachio Parfait, Chocolate Torte, Mango Ice Cream
Plus more cheese, freshly cooked bread and homemade tomato and piccalilli chutneys always feature on the menu at this time of year. The menus also change daily so we hope we have got the taste buds tingling and pricked your curiosity as to what we are going to serve as we roll into high Summer. If you happen to be here on a perfect evening, we are more than happy to serve your dinner out on the terrace.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.