The Drawing Room

Cwmbach, Newbridge-on-Wye , Builth Wells, LD2 3RT

1 reviews

45 Modern European Mid Wales

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SquareMeal Review of The Drawing Room

Perched precariously by a main road, this Georgian building houses an amenable, personally run restaurant-with-rooms. The restrained frontage hides a colourful interior of reds, ochres & muted yellows, & the cooking is emphatically based on seasonal & local availability. Expect starters such as home-pressed ox tongue with celeriac rémoulade or a little fish stew with tomato, fennel & saffron, followed by rump of Brecon mountain lamb with Mediterranean vegetable ragoût or lightly peppered haunch of venison with roasted sweet potato, sautéed savoy cabbage with smoked lardons & blueberries spiked with Herefordshire cassis. To finish, there’s a trio of Welsh cheeses or desserts such as toasted pine nut & honey tart with poached figs & Glaslyn Estate wildflower honey ice cream. Three simply furnished bedrooms are equipped with splendid bathrooms.

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Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Huw T. bronze reviewer 18 May 2009

Attending Llandrindod Wells with some colleagues last year we came across the Drawing Room (about 10 minutes drive away) and gave it a try. We loved it so much we went back the second night and returned again this year. Once again we ducked out of the conference dinner on the second night and returned to the hospitality of the Drawing Room! The only mistake we made was not making use of the rooms – one which we'll be rectifying next year! The Drawing Room is a delightful restaurant, basically taking up a large portion of the downstairs of the proprietors' house. Enter and you find yourself with a choice of 2 separate seating areas, exquisitely furnished with candles in the open fireplaces and lots of interesting books on food and travel. Having been served your apperitif, maybe with some olives, you are taken through to the dining room at the rear. Seating about 20, again the furnishing is smart and tasteful and it has a cozy atmosphere. There's another large private dining table adjascent to the kitchen, which looks lovely for a large private party. The menu is short but changes on a regular basis and is based around locally sourced top quality produce. A selection of the food we sampled (3 of us) over 2 days included local lamb (absolutely delicious), Herefordshire peppered sirloin steak (not quite as good but very pleasant), a lovely pate, one of the best sticky toffee puddings I've ever had and some great local cheeses. The wine list changes by the day (it had changed the second day as they had found a great value Bordeaux bin end to add) and is very good value. We paid £175 the first day (2 bottles of wine) and £145 the second (1 bottle) for 3 people, including apperitifs and coffee. At around £50 a head I think this place is great value as it really is top notch food in lovely surroundings, prepared and served by people who care. This really is the sort of place which you should support – so go there…soon! One final note – they don't accept cards – it's cash and cheque only so go prepared.

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