Well it’s not exactly Cardiff, but if I feel it’s worth writing about, I should.

We moved back to Cardiff after living in the Cynon Valley for 18 years (15 longer than planned!). The very fact that we have since been back bearing in mind that we are surrounded on all sides by eateries in our new home, gives testimony to this place.

I’m sure the Llechwen Hall Hotel is more stumbled  upon than anything.  Just minutes from our previous home, it took us a few years to happen upon it.  It’s not generally a destination place, although weddings are pretty popular and this has become its main market place. But it’s also upped its food game.

The hotel is perched high on a hill in the valleys, surrounded by peace, quiet, a few sheep and the distant valleys towns of Abercynon, Quakers Yard, Treharris and Nelson.  The staff at the hotel are always lovely, and my favourite bit is that dogs are welcome.  Our retriever feels quite at home there!

My latest trip there was for lunch (a leaving do for a work colleague actually).  We started out with a glass of Prosecco outside on the patio before heading inside to the glass fronted restaurant to  eat.  I had the quinoa salad with added halloumi (I can never resist it!).

What landed in front of me a short time later was a good sized portion, very tasty with the avocado perfectly ripe. The star of the show was the lime dressing, which combined with the heavily grilled and extremely salty halloumi was utterly, well, lush, I’d have to say. 🙂

My colleagues had fish and chips which looked amazing, mainly because it’s still the meal I miss the most, even after 35 years of being vegetarian.  I really shouldn’t dwell on that!

We were quite full and opted to finish with teas and coffees rather than dessert, but were offered mini cakes with our tea and having seen them on other tables, we felt it would be rude to say no.  Perfectly light mini Victoria sponge. What’s not to like, especially when the prices are so reasonable.

Llechwen Hall is a delightful place and really worth a visit if you want to try somewhere different or quieter.  The food pictures below are of my lunch and I’ve taken a couple of images from their website www.lechwen.co.uk so that you can take a look at the venue for yourself.  On a sunny day, it really is stunning.