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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Wild in Wales

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2. Where to Eat


The dining room of Burges Restaurant, housed inside multilevel Park House.  

Taste modern takes on traditional Welsh cooking at Park House in an 1870s French Gothic-style mansion overlooking the gardens of Cardiff’s National Wales Museum. The seven-course seasonal tasting menu ($90) features local meat, seafood, and produce—Cornish John Dory with freshly foraged hen-of-the-wood-mushrooms, scallops with black pudding and foie gras—but check the Twitter feed for dinner deals such as half-price meals on some weekends.

Settle in for refined gastropub cuisine at the Hardwick, a high-end farmhouse spot helmed by Welsh native Stephen Terry, who trained under Marco Pierre White in London. Unsurprisingly, the menu is dominated by a variety of meats and seafood from the surrounding region; splurge on “the taste of local beef,” an opulent spread for two that includes short ribs cooked for 72 hours, oxtail suet pudding, seasonal greens, and triple-cooked chips ($83).

Discover Michelin-starred cuisine on an unsuspecting country road at the Walnut Tree (reservations recommended), where the three-course lunch menu ($42) changes daily and features novel plates of local game like pheasant and hare. Take advantage of the diner-friendly wine list, with helpful categories of “essentials” (available by the carafe, from $15), “core” (solid values from $37); and “classics” (rare finds like a 1989 Gewurztraminer made from individually picked, overripe Alsace grapes; $120 for a half-bottle).


Published on Apr 18, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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