A cut above regular pub food, Bryn Tyrch is now a cut above that. Its pricey and I wish it was not trying to be quite so up-market. As ever, the service is ever so friendly and obliging, so that alone makes it worth your visit.
But do they really want to be a restaurant rather than a country pub, and do they want your correspondent to try a Jay Rayner? If so, then a little more attention is required for the tempura vegetables, not quite tempura batter that, a little on the hard side and more suited to a cod. Served with sweet chilli chilli enough to etch the stomach (which it did), I was off to a bad start. A main of bream - sounds nice, but the vermouth sauce was a bit like half a cup of cream .... and do they really have to eek out the samphire with green beans? Two courses and a couple of drinks = not much change out of £30.
Apart from that, rather too much on the menu for pork lovers. Meanwhile, the punters, carefully out of earshot of mine hosts, can be heard to whinge about the portions and resign themselves to having to have a sweet - so as to be stoked up enough to get up their hill the next day.
Don't get me wrong dear reader, you will enjoy it, but is it really what you want?
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