Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tyddyn Llan

Mrs D and I like good restaurants. Our second son, Patrick and Verity live within walking distance of the village of Bray in Berkshire which is home to Britain's top eating house, The Fat Duck, and also eighth on the list, The Waterside. (I am pleased that Heston Blumenthal has knocked the foul mouthed Gordon Ramsey off top spot.) I did expect to have been to a few of the top 40 in Britain, and was surprised that we have only been to one in the 2008 Good Food Guide Top 40, Mr Underhill's at Ludlow. I suppose that the top restaurants do tend to come and go.

But there is no excuse for us not having been to Tyddyn Llan, near Corwen in North Wales, which is the only Welsh restaurant in the list. I have tried to book us in on at least two occasions, without success. It is clearly the place to go for any Welshman who wants to promote good eating in Wales. We should be doing more to encourage a higher standard of Welsh cuisine. It really is a poor do that we only provide one of the top forty.

6 comments:

Christopher Glamorgan said...
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cleckanndra said...

The Waterside is a fantastic location Glyn, I agree, but the food is over-priced for what you get. Haven't tried The Fat Duck.

Valleys Mam said...

Th Chippy in Llwydcoed isn't bad either

Glyn Davies said...

And there's a very good chippy in Welshpool as well. Sorry if I seemed a bit snobbish about my food. Didn't mean to. Will try Tyddyn Llan soon though.

Anonymous said...

Forget about the fancy restaurants. For anyone over the age of 65 the real winner is any Age Concern establishment. For £2.40 they provide a cracking 3 coursemeal. In the real world Glyn most people just read the restaurant reviews and wonder how some can spend more in one meal than most pensioners have to live on each week.

Glyn Davies said...

anon - I don't disagree with you, but also in the real world, tourism is a key economic driver - and one thing that gives 'glamour' and attraction to a country is the special restaurant.

The same point can be made about upmarket houses and 5 star hotels. Not many can afford them, but they are vital if Wales is to be a successful country.