What a glorious start to the Summer Holidays, though we’ve had our share of thunderstorms and fog, we’ve been lucky to have had some cracking sunshine in between. I was lucky enough to experience two lovely eating experiences in the last week, so I thought I’d share!
The Perfect Sunday Brunch (In my opinion)
You can smell the summer holidays in the air in Abersoch, and last Sunday the village was experiencing the calm before the storm as it braced itself to enjoy it’s busiest 6 weeks of the year. I’ve been to Kin&Co a few times before, as I live near to Abersoch, and it has always been consistent in its welcoming atmosphere and gorgeous food, so I was very eager to finally get to write about it!
You could say I was feeling slightly delicate from the night before, and sometimes you want something a bit different from the usual greasy fry up. So I grabbed last night’s drinking buddy and took her to Kin&Co where we knew we’d be getting exactly what we needed.
We’re always greeted with a friendly welcome and the interior is set up to be welcoming and laid back too, we chose the comfy sofas to lounge about on and people-watch through the enormous windows looking out onto Abersoch High Street. Kin&Co also welcome your furry doggie pals too, and we made friends with a couple of the furry customers ourselves! Coincidentally in our Autumn magazine, which will be out in September we’ll be featuring (spoiler alert!) all sorts of dog friendly locations all over Pen Llŷn, so look out for that!
The specials menu on the wall has almost as many items as on the regular menu, is ever changing and there is always a good variety of choice, especially for me a fussy veggie. I chose a smoky bean quesadilla topped with avocado and a fried egg, and my friend selected a gorgeous bagel with pate and onion marmalade, and a cheese and pastrami croissant – accompanied by a hot chocolate and a latte.
Kin&Co is set up as part cafe, part clothing shop, so as we wait for our food we can casually browse the gorgeous clothes and shoes, and try and talk ourselves out of spending too much money on the lovely things! They also sell packs of the lovely coffee they serve behind the counter, and my friend treated herself to some after enjoying her latte. I agree with her- the ‘Poblado Coffi’ roasted locally in Snowdonia is gorgeously smooth with very little bitterness.
Our meals arrived to the call of our rumbling bellies and definitely hit the spot! My brewing hangover was 100% better after my meal, and the leafy green rocket salad and generous helping of avocado made me feel a little bit like I was making an effort to get my 5 a day!
Of course we couldn’t leave without trying of one of the gorgeous selection of cakes. We both went for the banana cake plus toppings, and oh did it look gorgeous! Almost too perfect to eat! The warm banana cake was served with cream cheese icing, mixed fresh berries and a drizzle of honey, yum! The gorgeous plates and tea sets the food and drinks are served in make everything that bit much more special, just look at the gorgeous patterned plates the banana cake was served on!
I am happy to report we were feeling good as new as we left, we will definitely be returning. The cafe is likely to be busy over summer so get there early to avoid disappointment!
The Hottest Day
It’s been dubbed all over the media as the hottest day of the year so far (last Tuesday the 20th of July) and it certainly was sweltering!
It just so happened that I had this date in my diary for the past few weeks as an evening out with some friends i’ve not had time to spend quality time with of late. Having not had time to even think about booking a table anywhere, inspiration fell into my lap as I saw that Pontoon, an art gallery come Carribbean/Mexican restaurant on the outskirts of Pwllheli, was hosting a Carribbean themed BBQ in anticipation of the forecast heatwave.
Pontoon opened its doors over a year ago as a short term ‘pop-up’ type establishment for the summer, by a group of creative and ambitious young individuals. I went there in the first couple of weeks of it opening and was blown away by the transformation of the old Offaxis club. The furniture was upcycled and reclaimed, the walls painted and generously slathered with contemporary art and illustrations. This little treasure was such a joy to my eyes, and you could see that there was a lot of hard work and passion gone into the project. You can imagine my joy when I heard they had decided to turn the temporary pop-up into a long term establishment, and Pontoon is still going strong.
We arrived as the sun was still shining on the lawn in front of the little square building, which overlooks part of the Pwllheli harbour. The barbeque was already fired up with some enticing smells and the outdoor tables littered with icy cold drinks and their owners basking in the last of the heat and sunshine. The building sits right on the water and watching the little boats and jet skis go by is definitely a relaxing experience.
Now I’m a sucker for a good cocktail, and the selection was spot on. I tried a few different ones but my favourite was the ‘Sloe Gin Fizz’, tasted a bit like an alcoholic version of my own home made pink lemonade! Special mention goes to the wonderfully exotic ‘Sake on the Beach’ cocktail, which perfectly matched my own hair colour 😉
Every time I go to Pontoon, I’m so seduced by the menu, I often order several dishes, probably more than I should, but I just want to try everything! My friends felt the same way, and we ordered ourselves a little barbequed feast. My vegan burger was lovely, but the side dishes were the true heroes of the meal to me. The ‘chilli and honey griddled peaches’ were like nothing I’ve tasted before, and the gooseberry ketchup was the best burger accompaniment I’ve had! My meat eating companions shared some jerk lamb kebabs, a Jamaican fish parcel, and marinated Edern steak burgers, all barbequed to perfection. They definitely enjoyed their food, there was not a scrap left.
There is always room for desert, and as the sun went down we enjoyed Treacle toffee barbequed bananas with ice cream, superb! They looked so nice, they were gone before I could remember to get a picture…
We were blessed with the perfect weather, but even on a grey day I can’t fault the atmosphere of this lovely hidden gem. Well worth the trip outside of Pwllheli to experience. The menu changes weekly with dishes ranging from Mexican to Carribean and beyond, and they are always accommodating to any diet. If you drop them a message on facebook or call in advance, they can usually cook anything to your preferences and dietary requirements, and are more than happy to do so.
So I’ve had a very wonderful week of food. And it’s not even over yet! (I write this on Wednesday) What else could I have in store for me this summer? I always love to hear recommendations from you, so either comment on this blog, write on our facebook wall or tweet us your suggestions! And don’t forget to tag us in your pictures, especially if you are enjoying a meal from one of these two fabulous places! Tag us in your food pics on instagram!
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