Cwtch

22 High Street, St Davids , Haverfordwest, SA62 6SD

3 reviews

30 British South Wales

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SquareMeal Review of Cwtch

Wood floors, uneven whitewashed walls and floor-to-ceiling bookcases create a relaxed, informal environment in this cosy and very welcoming little restaurant. Despite changes in the kitchen, the basic thrust of the menu remains the same: excellent Pembrokeshire produce cooked simply, with an emphasis on flavour. Uncluttered, gutsy starters of ham hock and apricot terrine with piccalilli or pork scratchings with toasted sourdough mighty give way to main course favourites such as slow-roasted belly pork with black pudding, onion gravy and apple sauce or 8oz Welsh sirloin steak with horseradish butter, slow-roasted tomato and triple-cooked beef dripping chips. Everything is homemade, including the excellent breads and desserts such as baked chocolate and raspberry cheesecake with raspberry sorbet or sticky toffee bara brith pudding. Children’s meals are available until 7pm.

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9.0

Food & Drink: 8.7

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.7

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Simon L. 04 September 2017

This was a fantastic place for six quite hungry people to meet for supper. The menu was varied and interesting, and the food was beautifully cooked and presented. The standard of both was as good as you will find anywhere. The only minor faults were that the vegetable 'side' wasn't quite as al dente as it should have been, and that (given that) we were told we had a turnaround of two hours, their service was a little slow, so we had to slightly rush our dessert to clear the table in time for them. It is a small thing and they were busy. I can't speak for the others but the scallop starter was as perfect as I've ever had, and the steak was beautifully done.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

David J. gold reviewer 08 June 2011

Situated on the far south west coast of Wales, the spectacular, and rather quaint city of St. David’s hosts an impressive number of family run coffee shops and art galleries. It is in essence a seaside bohemia with hairy Harley Davidson men and flat cap wearing fisherman, their wives are school teachers or successful local artists, sculpting at the weekend from rock or washed up pieces of wreckage. The dominant presence is the cathedral, set in a plush green valley, a destination for pilgrimage since the early 12th century. Pilgrimages to this little hideaway over the years have thrown up tourist supply-and-demand places of deplorable quality in the B&Bs, gastropubs and those guided heritage nature walks along crumbling cliff tops. A gratifying find and pleasurable visit is that of Cwtch. Rachael Knott and Head Chef, Matt Cox’s, restaurant, founded in 2005, earnt them a place in the 2009 Michelin Red Guide. A high honour for the small city entry, being recognized and famed in the region and beyond. Holidays with my father typically involve the American ‘Great Outdoor’ activities. Not deer hunting or squirrel catching, navigating my way through a rough-riding rapid, but hill-side walks and Withnail & I style wine binges (often dining out) in a truly English father/son bonding fashion. So on a cold, windy, and rather troublous winter’s evening it was a godsend to find Cwtch, promoting and selling local ingredients in an adorable setting within the St. David’s square. Cox really praises the seasons and changes the menu quarterly, expressing the most out of local produce and his talent as a chef. Cwtch salad with caramelized walnuts and pantsgawn goats cheese was surprisingly light, and although the taste of walnuts still has that hint of battery acid sharpness, something that is difficult to escape from such a nut, the caramilization warmed the taste buds, and the creamy goats cheese leveled the playing field. My main of confit duck leg with smoked bacon puy lentils and spiced plum sauce was lovely. I’m a sucker for duck. Not for lentils. The relationship between the two and the plum sauce was delightful, with the duck soft and perfectly cooked. Chianti Leonardo 2006, fine (Tuscany -£19.00)). A rich bodied red is good with me. Some people’s nightmares are the educated ramblings of Sir Anthony Hopkins describing human liver with fava beans and a nice glass of Chianti. I have always found it a powerful substance of dark-tongue-tingled wonder. Chocolate and orange torte with vanilla ice cream followed, out of greed, and was sweet and tasty. There’s not really much to complain about here, and three courses for £28, in times such as these when purse strings are being pulled tighter and tighter, is exemplary.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Martin W. 06 October 2009

Set Price 3 course meal:28 (Steak was +4) House Wine (Rose):14 After booking a holiday in the lovely town of St. David in Pembrokeshire we started to research the area to find a decent restaurant for an Anniversary celebration. Cwtch had – to us – the best menu out of the local restaurants so we booked up a table for Saturday Night. The restaurant it self was full and had a wonderful warm/cosy atmosphere. The staff where very friendly and the service was relaxed. The food came out allowing us plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere with out leaving us wondering where things where. The food it self was excellent! I had the Rib Eye steak with Beef Dripping chips and I can honestly say that It was the best steak I have had in years. Starters and sweets where also top shelf too. As where the Sloe Gin cocktails we had to start! I can see why this restaurant was full in – what I think is a very seasonal town – out of the normal “season” and will defiantly be paying it a visit next time I am in that part of the world. Only down points I can think of is that the Menu was a bit different to the Website. We had to wait a little longer than we would have liked for the bill and there where a few bones in the fish (Hake main my partner had). Over all though, an excellent dining experience. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone!

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