Restaurant is chefs’ pick

One of the best in the UK: Wright’s Food Emporium.
One of the best in the UK: Wright’s Food Emporium.

A LLANARTHNE restaurant is one of only three in Wales to be named one of the best in the UK.

Wright’s Food Emporium has been listed on the Observer Food Monthly’s list of the UK’s top 40 restaurants, as chosen by forty top chefs.

The chef at Abergavenny’s Hardwick, Stephen Terry explained why he chose Wright’s Food Emporium: “Wright’s Food Emporium is this big old pub in Llanarthne, and its run with great passion by Simon Wright, former editor of the AA Guide, and his wife Maryann. There’s a blackboard with the day’s dishes – no fixed menu – and they serve very simple food using the best ingredients. You can have amazing sandwiches – I’m a big fan of the cubano and the reuben – and lovely salads with roast peppers and beautiful local goat’s cheese; they also sell fantastic organic wines and artisanal beers. Once a month, they invite a guest chef to do a six-course dinner for about £30. They have a real understanding of flavours, and invest time and effort into making good food available to people in the area. We’re an hour and a half’s drive away, but I’ll find an excuse to go every month or so. It’s that good.”

The other Welsh restaurants to make the list were The Hardwick at Abergavenny, and the Walnut Tree in LLandewi Skirrid.

The Hardwick also earned a nomination from chef Shaun Hill of The Walnut Tree in Llanddewi Skirrid, while the latter was itself chosen by James Sommerin, from Restaurant James Sommerin in Penarth.

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