Today on the 12th of July 2011. Myself and my partner went to the Morawelon Cafe/Restaurant on the Parrog in Newport Pembrokeshire. The cafe was nicely decorated, the ambience was pleasant as was the food. We chose two sandwiches with a salad garnish, and a sprinkle of salted crisps. We decided to order some chips to share. At a cost of £2.65, which we felt was on the steep side, as we had never ever paid that much before for chips ANYWHERE. We resigned ourselves to the fact that as we were hungry we would pay the inflated price. As we felt that at LEAST we would be sharing a bowl full of chips. YES SURELY we would at £2.65 a portion. WELL HOW WRONG COULD WE BE ? They came to our table served in a sugar bowl/tea cup/ and I mean tea cup by volume. No NOT A MUG !!! a tea cup but more like a sugar bowl in looks and size. The Cafe's fayre was ok. BUT THE PRICES ARE EXTREME. The staff should be issued with Masks and Musketts as we felt robbed over £2.65 FOR A SUGAR BOWL SIZED PORTION OF FROZEN CHIPS.....Go and make your own mind up, BUT PLEASE dont order chips unless you are a lottery winner.....
Favorite Dish: CHIPS....!!!! HAHAHAHAHA
A smart, but simple little restaurant with a wonderful location overlooking Newport Bay on the Parrog. At high tide almost at the water's edge an also the Coastal path..
Sit outside with a drink, a light lunchtime meal or, on a summer evening , enjoy dinner as the sun goes down.
Service is friendly, a little leisurely when busy but the food is good. Our starters included 3- cheese fritttata with a tomato salsa, and smoked breast of duck on a generous salad of mixed leaves. For mains wild sea bass with a lemon butter sauce and a hot salad of baby new potatoes, tiny tomatoes and basil. Only the chocoholic in the party had a dessert and pronounced it excellent. We had good espresso coffees. The modest wine list has wines by the glass and some very reasonably priced good Chilean wines. A jug of water was brought to the table - a basket of bread would have been nice too.
In winter and outside low season it is best to check on opening times - particularly at the beginning of the week. We were there on a Thursday early in June and were glad we had reserved a table as it was quite busy.
"Cnapan" is a form of mediaeval rugby - so we learned on our first visit over 20 years ago.
Situated on the main road that runs through the village of Newport and painted pink this establishment has become a landmark for all visitors to the area. It occupies the former modest house of a local doctor and on entering the traditionally furnished narrow, hallway you are shown in to one of the two small stting rooms. The one on the right serves as a small bar too.
Run by the same family since it opened over 20 years ago it is now an Institution and one of the things that makes Newport such a special place to which people return year after year.
The welcome is warm and personal, the service both homely and professional and the food is inventive, never boring.
Fresh local produce is served, vegetables are given imaginative treatment with a good use of herbs.
( vegetarians are very well catered for) and puddings are to die for.
The decor reflects the good taste of a comfortable traditional home, and that is how it feels to be there - like a favoured guest .
Because we have relatives a mile or two away we have not needed to stay in one of the 5 bedrooms but many friends who have speak highly of the comfort - albeit in smallish rooms.
In the season Morning Coffee, Lunch and afternoon Tea are also served.
Our last visit was June 2009 and I know of few places that have maintained so consistent a standard of service over25 years,
The Sloop Inn in Porthgain is one of the most famous pubs in the area and has a well-deserved reputation for good food. Much of the menu is based around fish caught that day locally, or you could try one of their famous home-made burgers. It's very pleasant inside, with the walls decorated with old fishing and sailing equipment. The Sloop gets pretty busy, so you may want to book a table in advance, especially on a nice summer's evening.
Porthgain itself is worth a visit. Formerly home to a slate quarry, it now houses several art galleries. There are some good walks around the area - and the sunset is just breathtaking.
Favorite Dish: The burgers - perhaps not the most sophisticated choice, but they weren't half good!
I can't speak highly enough of this Bar/Bistro, lovely food, great atmosphere and Great service.
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