Monthly Archives: July 2012

A local-food hotspot in Hawarden

It took me three goes but I’ve cracked it.

That perfect summer-night order, that is, at new-favourite gastropub, the Glynne Arms, before exploring perennial-fave North Walian village, Hawarden, Flintshire.

I’d been three times to the Glynne – the first hosted for a pre-opening press preview, twice since as a paying customer.

The first time we tried a bit of everything. All good, as you would expect from the people behind the Hawarden Estate Food Shop.

The second time I chose well, but my companion’s butternut squash risotto was deemed a bit too meagre for a rained-off Friday night.

But last time we got it right. The strategy? Simple.

Go for one of the sharing platters (the Welsh platter is my choice), then add a side portion of those delicious chunky chips, and throw in a few olives and dips from the starters. Ask them to bring it all at once and wash down with a pint of local ale.

It was perfect for a midsummer evening – not too heavy, great local produce, a range of flavours.

We really loved the homemade remoulade and the Welsh rarebit. But check out menu updates from the Glynne on Twitter.

Afterwards, walk it off around the village. From the front door of the pub, there’s a circuit through the grounds of Gladstone’s Library before heading through the wooden doors into the grounds of the Gladstone estate.

It was a delicious evening of soul-cleansing in a week of chaos. We’ll be regulars, I’m sure.

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