Hello there Llŷn foodie fans! A couple of weeks ago, between working on our glorious looking Summer magazine, I managed to fit in a visit home to sunny Pen Llŷn. Somewhere between the madness of Easter and Summer, we’re currently experiencing a steady calm before the busy season hits us with full force.
Alongside seeing sorely missed friends and family, I fit in a visit to Pontoon in Pwllheli one sunny lunchtime to enjoy some traditional mexican cuisine on their gorgeous patio overlooking the harbour (and some cocktails!) I wrote all about my last visit to pontoon in a previous blog, and I know it’ll become one of my regular places to eat when i’m home. I also went out for a little meal with my mum, aka Big Boss Lady of We Love Llŷn, and we chose Fresh in Abersoch.
We visited Fresh on what we thought would be a quiet tuesday evening, but it was a good thing we got there early, as the restaurant quickly filled up! Upon entering, passing the patio with abundant outdoor seating, and the pile of blankets for those times our Welsh climate lets us down, you are greeted by a friendly hello no matter what the staff are busy doing. We couldnt help but notice the small chalk board declaring the specials of the night – and before we’d even sat down we had already decided to have the camembert for our starter – a firm favourite of mother’s and mine!
My first port of call once we had sat down was the cocktail menu – updated seasonally, there are always some delicious concoctions on there invented by the staff alongside old classics. I chose a ‘Jolly Rancher’: Peach vodka with blueberries, honey and cranberry juice. It was delicious and too easy to drink!
The menu is inspired by British and American favourites with some dashes of Asian flavours, the panko prawns stood out to me as an intriguing option! My mum chose the lamb, but substituted the mashed potato with some sweet potato fries, and after enquiring after the vegetarian options I chose the vegetarian special: Piri piri halloumi burger with citrus ‘slaw, and curly fries! The burger was amazing, not too spicy with fresh flavours coming from the american inspired ‘slaw. Mum’s lamb was perfectly cooked and mouth wateringly tender.
Fresh always seems to have a vibrant atmosphere, with gorgeous local photography and artwork displayed on the walls and the very inviting well-stocked bar. The bar is often host to a number of events, especially live music from local musicians (one of them being myself at one point!) and throughout the low season their quiz nights on a Sunday are fantastic fun! One event coming up on Fresh’s calendar is a charity event very close to co-owner Heidi’s heart. On Friday the 28th of June staff and volunteers will be painitng the outside of the building bright yellow to raise money and awareness for Dog’s Trust. This is guaranteed to be a sight to behold so if you find yourself in the area around this time, be sure to pop along to offer some words of encouragement and give what you can. You can also donate through their JustGiving page.
Fresh will remain one of my favourite places to eat and drink, speaking as someone with some fussy food tendancies they are one of the most accomodating places I’ve visited, nothing’s too much trouble, it’s just a case of chatting to the staff about your dietary requirements or preferences. And I haven’t even mentioned the steaks – I of course am veggie but having worked in various establishments around Abersoch in the past, the one thing that remains consistent when people speak of Fresh is: The Steak. I’ve heard it said they are the best steaks in the village, on Llŷn, that they’ve ever tasted! Of course I cant personally vouch for them but if you go try them be sure to let me know what you think!
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