Review | January 2019 | Brett Salway |

This beautiful Georgian country manor is now a fully functional restaurant and hotel, set on the border of the striking Brecon Beacons in the quaint village of Penderyn, Aberdare. The location makes it an excellent choice for guests wanting to experience some of Wales’s true natural beauty. The Caradog restaurant is named after Griffith Rhys Jones more commonly known as Caradog, who was a welsh conductor of the acclaimed ‘Côr Mawr’ (South Wales choral union), who on two occasions, won the first prize at the Crystal Palace choral competitions.

It is tastefully decorated whilst maintaining its affluent original features. The use of hard word floors, vibrant colours and original stonework really combines old and new together, with an ostentatious finish. I found the restaurant to be incredibly comfortable and staff were truly engaging and knowledgeable. I really commend the management team there on working so closely with local farmers, growers and purveyors to offer the finest Welsh local harvest. The menu is seasonal and sources the local ingredients at their pinnacle, to ensure their offerings are flavoursome. I visited the ‘Caradog’ restaurant to experience their Sunday lunch offering, which was heavenly

I opted for the Welsh Lamb Cawl to start, which was delicious. It was particularly wintery outside, so opting for this warming starter, really brought a feeling of contentment. The lamb was perfectly cooked and delicate and complemented the explosion of flavours, from the thyme and vegetables. I then proceeded with my main course which was served carvery style. I am sometimes sceptical of this style due to temperature concerns, but these reservations soon departed. I chose beef and pork and found the meat to be of excellent quality and very tender. The vegetables were expertly cooked and tasted superb. I have to mention in particular the braised red cabbage which is prepared with balsamic vinegar and worldly spices. It had beautiful notes of cinnamon and and an intense sweetness which would surely captivate the taste of many. It was also accompanied with a traditional Yorkshire pudding which was delicious. There was an extensive wine list which offered some fine Welsh wines, this is again was very suited with the Welsh theme. A particular recommendation of mine would be their Domaine de Seuil Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux which is a Welsh organic Bordeaux wine. It is medium bodied and has aromas of red berries along with a plum bouquet. It would be an excellent pairing with this roast dinner. They also have an excellent sparkling wine section for those special occasions.

I found the Caradog restaurant to be outstanding, due to it’s incredible use of local welsh produce and stunning decor. It has a classical yet contemporary feel to it, which I loved. They also offer other traditional dishes seven days a week along with afternoon tea. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to patrons that want truly authentic welsh offerings in opulent surroundings. It really surpassed my expectations in every way and excited me to visit again in the future. The Caradog restaurant offers excellent value for money whilst keeping fine cuisine and faultless service. Below is the hotels address along with links to their social media pages.

Ty Newydd Country Hotel & Restaurant

Penderyn Road

Hirwaun, Aberdare

Mid Glamorgan CF44 9SX

+44(0) 1685 813 433

FACEBOOK- https://m.facebook.com/TyNewyddCountryHotel/

TWITTER- https://mobile.twitter.com/tynewyddhotel

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