Good things come in threes


Jo Shone

EVERY restaurant meal should have its highlight moment, that point when you know you’ve made the right decision, both on venue and menu.

My companion and I had enjoyed the starter and main course at the Glan Yr Afon Inn on the outskirts of Holywell. He had happily tucked into a dish of spicy chorizo, chicken and roast pepper salad, followed by an adventurous pork, apple and black pudding roulade, served deliciously with crushed sage butter and new potatoes in a sweetcorn mustard sauce.

I, on the other hand, had sidestepped the starter and headed straight for a main of
Welsh lamb chops, rough-cut chips and a variety of fresh veg.

So far, so good. This traditional village pub with a crackling log fire had a welcoming ambience with all its nooks and cranny seating areas. You could settle where you wished, in an out-of-the-way corner or at the heart of the bar near the fire.
We chose to eat in the stylish restaurant with its rough stone look and impressive geological prints framed on the walls.

That pivotal highlight moment came as I perused the dessert menu and shunned the homemade sticky toffee pudding and chocolate mint rum truffle for not one, not two but three of the ‘Chef’s new style made-to-order cheesecakes’ served in a line-up of individual glasses.

The three flavours were toffee and after eight, lemon meringue and mixed berry. I have to say, if you have a penchant for cheesecake you’ll absolutely adore this trio of delights. It is impossible to say which was my favourite, they were all mini masterpieces and a glorious end to a very enjoyable dining experience.

The Glan yr Afon is ideally placed at the base of Halkyn Mountain just a few minutes’ drive from the A55. It’s the perfect spot to start or end a walk, and it’s worth knowing that dogs are welcome in the bar area.

One thing’s for sure I’ll be going back, if it’s only to checkout those marvellous cheesecakes. All in the line of duty of course!

The Bill

Spicy chorizo, chicken and roast pepper salad – £4.95

Local Welsh lamb chops with rough cut chips and fresh veg
– £11.25

Pork, apple and black pudding roulade – £10.95

Chef’s new style trio of cheesecakes –  £4.25

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