DISCOVERING new restaurants for a fussy eater is like finding a decent Christmas present for an 80-year-old scrooge - laborious, annoying, but ultimately rewarding if and when you get it right.

After browsing many menus online from pubs and eateries in the local area, my boyfriend and I finally decided on a place not even three miles from where I work, The Glasfryn, on Raikes Lane, Mold.

The Friday night atmosphere was pleasant, with a constant flow of people but not too much background noise to warrant yelling to one another across the table.

As a family, we’d been here for a summer’s day drink, overlooking the beautiful Clwydian Range from the beer garden, but I’d never eaten at this place so close to home.

We were taken to a cosy table of two and our waiter was very quick and attentive, and answered all 101 of my questions about the menu with patience.

We ordered the Indian spiced lamb kofta with Bombay potatoes to share as a starter, which arrived quickly and was tasty with it’s cucumber mint raita.

The menu offered a lot of variety but in honesty, a lot of it sounded too complicated and ostentatious, and the song Chippy Tea by the Lancashire Hotpots came to mind - “But you keep givin’ posh nosh, it don’t agree with me. I don’t want lobster thermador or your raspberry coulis, I’m a working man from Lancashire and I wants a chippy tea.”

I ordered for my main the gluten-free Sicilian fish stew, which in fairness was very tasty and was filled with red mullet, king prawns, mussels and squid.

My boyfriend and I, who were in no rush on a Friday night as I was driving and weren’t waiting on a taxi, sat patiently before we soon came to realise around three tables who had walked in at least 20 minutes after us had been served their mains, and had their tables cleared before we saw sight of ours.

I imagine this would have put diners who were eager to get to Theatr Clwyd opposite the restaurant, as many do, in a difficult position.

I was happy with the stew, and my boyfriend was very pleased with his Malaysian chicken curry, and was contently full with his bowl of chunky chips.

In all, the Glasfryn will always be a popular venue for couples, families, and parties all year round and we had a pleasant evening - next time I’ll pluck up the courage to ask the waiter where our food was.

How it rated: Glasfryn, Raikes Lane, Mold. Tel: 01352 750500

Atmosphere: 9

Food: 8

Service: 6

Child friendly - yes

Disabled access - yes