Friday, 22 August 2008
Castell Deudreath Wales
While the food on our holiday wasn't all I had hoped for, we did have several good meals. Castell Deudraeth, a 20th Century folly overlooking the extraordinary 20th Century folly that is Portmeirion gave us one of them.
The weather was really cruddy, so we weren't going to get to do much walking, but Paul had fond memories of a previous trip to Portmeirion, so he was determined that we should see it. At the head of the ascent into the village was this funny not-very-old-looking castle with a sign saying "bistro". So I decided that it was lunchtime.
The menu was good - many tasty-sounding locally sourced dishes - if a bit pricier than I had planned. But since the night before had ended up quite cheap (we'd ended up at quite a nice pub called Y Beuno but it wasn't an expensive night out) it was justified. And as a retrospective justification, our dinner that night wasn't very good, so we deserved it.
Paul started with oysters. He is so pleased that raw oysters are almost the only thing he ever eats that he doesn't have to share with me. These were big fat ones, really creamy, served with the biggest bottle of Tabasco sauce that I have ever seen. There's another picture, that I took for his dad, with the oysters and Paul looking very, very smug.
My starter was described as home-cured duck, which it wasn't. It was very delicious cold roast duck. The beetroot was perfect with it. But if it was cured, it was extremely mild!
Paul's main wasn't very photogenic. But I had a lovely dressed crab. And a perfect glass of sauvignon blanc to go with it.
And it turned out that because we ate at the restaurant, we got into Portmeirion free of charge, so actually if you deduct the £14 entry for 2 adults, lunch wasn't that pricey afterall. I love a good justification.