There are many, many good places to eat in South Wales. The following are just a few of the good ones, and are currently my favourites.
A warm welcome awaits you at Pier 64, a premier restaurant, bar and steakhouse in Penarth Marina ideally located for visitors to Cardiff Bay.
Brought to you by the team responsible for legendary Cardiff culinary hotspot Le Gallois, Pier 64 provides the perfect setting to enjoy exceptional food day and night. By day the restaurant provides a vibrant setting for a business lunch, a break from shopping or a casual coffee with friends. Our terrace is ideally placed for a spot of Mediterrannean-style al fresco dining.
The Plough Rhosmaen
A charming four star boutique hotel and AA rosette award winning restaurant set in the beautiful Towy Valley at the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Surrounded by castles and country houses with the National Botanical Garden of Wales and Aberglasney House only minutes away.
Madeira Restaurante, 2 Guildford Cres, Cardiff. tel. (029)-2066-7705 ( map). This is a restaurant just off Churchill Way in Cardiff. From the outside it looks small, but it seats up to 90. The menu is Portuguese with a huge range. The food is excellent and the staff really try to make an effort. Thoroughly recommended for a meal out in the capital. Try the huge kebabs for something different. About £20 per head. Advised to book ahead, especially Thursday to Saturday.
Plas Llanmihangel, Llanmihangel, nr. Cowbridge, CF7 7LQ. tel. (01446)-774610 ( map). Looking for somewhere really different? Then try this 16th century manor house hidden away in the Vale of Glamorgan. Sue Beer is renowned for giving private dinner parties. The meal is served in the banqueting hall. Groups of 6 or more recommended. A reconnaissance of the location is worth it especially if you plan to arrive after dark. Car essential and a taxi to get home even more essential, though a small number of rooms are available B&B. £35 per head plus wine (you can bring your own if you talk nicely to Sue). Book well ahead and be prepared to haggle over dates. You can look for the ghost of the Lady of the Lake as you leave as well!
New House Hotel, Thornhill, Cardiff, CF4 5AU. tel. (029)-2052-0280 ( map). This Cardiff hotel is renowned for the quality of it's restaurant. Well worth it for the luxury and pampering! About £30 per head. Advised to book ahead.
Glanmor's Tearooms, Unit 30 Castle Gate Shopping, Brynau Rd, Caerphilly. tel. (029) 2088 8355 (map) If you're visiting Caerphilly Castle or shopping in Caerphilly then it's well worth a small detour across the road to this spacious tearoom. The location is perfect with a great view of the Castle. The food is excellent and the staff are perfect. About £6 per head for lunch. Just turn up and grab a table!