Llanerch Vineyard, Hensol – review

I had a fantastic experience at Angela Gray’s cookery school at Llanerch Vineyard, so I was really looking forward to going back to try out the AA restaurant for my friend’s birthday. I don’t think the restaurant or menu itself is linked to Angela Gray, but it had a good reputation nonetheless.

We started our evening sitting outside in the beautiful surroundings of the vineyard and decided to try out the wine tasting while we waited for our table. I’ve never been wine tasting before, but based on what I do know, the wine tasting at Llanerch Vineyard is more of a relaxed nice-to-do affair rather than anything you would travel from afar for, but that’s not to say it wasn’t good fun. Priced at just £6 per person, we were served three small glasses of the Vineyard’s home grown wines and the waiter talked through their origins and flavours. He then left us with a sheet of instructions on how to taste wine like a pro.

We then moved inside to the bistro side of the restaurant which had a typical gastro pub feel, with a conservatory area looking out onto the vineyard. We sampled a cute amuse bouche of bread crumb balls of glamorgan sausage while we picked through the bistro and a la carte menus, ranging from burgers and focaccia sandwiches to venison and corn-fed chicken. Great for both the less adventurous and those wanting to taste something a little bit more up market. Here’s what I ordered and it was very nice, too!

My eat of the week

  • Asparagus, poached egg, brioche – £6
  • Pan-seared hake, roast pepper salsa, crushed potato, walnuts, tahini yogurt – £17
  • Chocolate delice, raspberry sorbet – £5.25


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