From the outside The Smugglers Haunt looks very uninviting and on previous trips to Port Eynon I have refused to eat there as I imagined it to be shabby and lacking in atmosphere; I preferred chips and beans on the sea front from the chippy!
Anyway, this time hub and I were spending the weekend with the in-laws who spend a lot of time in Gower and eat at The Smugglers a lot and they wanted to take us. So I checked the menu online and there was nothing vegan, so I rang up and asked. I spoke to the chef who said she would sort me out something for the night and I made the booking for the four of us.
When we arrived I was still dubious based on the outwards appearance of the place, but once we went inside I realised how judgmental I had been - it was lovely, cosy, really quaint and welcoming and not at all shabby or lacking in atmosphere! It was busy and there was a pleasant buzz in the air. We were seated in a well lit corner and upon telling the waitress about my phone call to the chef I was given my own personal vegan menu...and let me tell you, I was over the moon!! There was CHOICE - two starters, two main courses and two puddings. I never get a choice!!
As it was, the choosing the starter was a no brainer - white onion and apple soup (this was gorgeous and if it's not already a regular soup of the day it should be, plus the herby bread roll it came with was the most gorgeous bread I've eaten in a long time) - and the main course were a choice between risotto or gnocchi and I honestly couldn't decide as they both sounded so yummy. I had to toss a coin and ordered the risotto. It was divine. Well presented. filling and mouthwateringly tasty. I was more than a little impressed. I had no room for pudding, but if I had it would have been the rhubarb sorbet.
The rest of the family also had soup to start (mushroom and garlic) and then different main courses, hub and my father-in-law had different pizzas which they both loved and my mother-in-law had pork which she really enjoyed. All the food was well presented, perfectly cooked and very satisfying - and the service was excellent.
I will be sure to eat here next time I am in Gower (sadly it's only open April-September) and my previous judgement on the outward appearance has taught me a lesson! I'll be sure to ring up and book so that I can arrange my own personal menu as well - I was really chuffed that they went to such an effort for me, and that such care seemed to have been taken over the choices.
Thank you The Smugglers Haunt.
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