Fairy Hill, Swansea – review

Fairy Hill is a well-known fine dining restaurant and hotel on the Gower Peninsula, but it also has a reputation for upscale prizes. However, it’s currently serving up a fantastic £5 wine tasting deal to get diners through its doors for a boozey lunch.

The tasting takes place in a mid-size but airy room overlooking the grounds and a selection of 12 hand picked wines are available to taste between 11.30am and 1pm. I was a big fan of the Rioja Tempranillo Vega del Rayo, so much so that I bought a bottle to continue our post-lunch boozing. High tannin, but smooth  fruity enough to make it moreish – bargain at £6.04 a bottle, albeit from the retail wine list.

After getting suitably squiffy, we ventured into the restaurant and sat down to a three course lunch. The a la carte menu was available, but trying to keep a rein on the purse strings I stuck to the set menu. All three courses were simple, but tasty – I particularly enjoyed the dessert which certainly put the crumble in rhubarb crumble!

Wine tasting made more of a ‘get together’ out of what would have been just lunch. Definitely worth the few extra pounds and the food is decent, too.

My eat of the week

Three courses for £25

Hake and salmon fishcake, cauliflower and herb cous cous, lemon dressing

Pan fried fillet of salmon, broccoli, herb crushed potatoes, beurre blanc

Rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice cream

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