How could it be, one wonders, that I should end up in South Wales for a business trip and be raving not once, but now a second time about Thai food? Well, we'll get to that in a bit.
I was assigned a trip to this part of the world that I have never really been to, except a junket down to Land's End upon leaving Old Blighty for the New World. Living in American as I now do and having become accustomed to relatively cheap, good accommodation, it was quite a surprise to find somewhere as nice as St. Mary's Hotel, Golf and country Club in Pencoed, just a short drive from the offices I have been working at now for the best part of a week. Indeed, I look toward my departure this Friday with a tearful eye, as I feel very much at home here.
The breakfasts in the conservatory overlooking one of the putting greens are memorable. The white layer of chilling frost is not able to detract from the full English breakfast "with all the fixin's" as they say in the South. The staff is able to look after us house guests with all our whims and idiosyncrasies, despite catering to multiple large events - a wedding on the weekend, parties, office groups etc. etc.
The Spike Room is a quaint bar - decorated with a lot of interesting artefacts - that allows the strutting golfers in their spikey shoes to hit a "19th Hole" for a libation after their game without having to overexert themselves bent double fiddling around trying to untie pesky laces.....
Finally, I will have to come back to the food. The Thai red curry (Gaeng Deng?) was of a remarkably high quality, as was the green curry I had tonight. Every one of the staff members has such friendly dedication with which they carry out their tasks, and for the hospitality they exude, down to the general manager - and most likely the owner - who personally brought by an ironing board and a steam iron (pre-filled with water) so that I could prepare some new shirts I had bought for wear.....
If you come to St. Mary's you will soon realize that this one is not of the contrary one of the nursery rhymes, although I would not be surprised that the garden grows very well here too. I shall have to make my next stay here in the springtime, if I am so lucky as to be reassigned to the Vale of Glamorgan!
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