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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Wild in Wales


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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