Anniversaries should always start with Prosecco. Are we agreed? The perfect midsummer drink. I’ve had a voucher for the The Queen’s Head, Glanwyddan, tucked in my purse for almost a year now. So our Wedding Anniversary dinner seemed like the perfect moment to book a table for 2.
Last year was 15 years and we celebrated with a few days in gorgeous Edinburgh and a wonderful dinner at the Fonab Castle Hotel. For our 16th, we’ve stayed at home and enjoyed some of the amazing food North Wales has to offer.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE QUEEN’S HEAD?
The Queen’s Head is something of a legend for North Walians. It’s a proper Welsh village pub tucked in a little nook between Llandudno and Rhos on Sea. For a weekend dinner you need to book in advance to beat the locals who more or less live in there. Sunday lunch is simply an institution – if you fancy a proper home cooked roast with all the trimmings – look no further.
In the winter you can cosy up in the corner next to the crackling open fire with a glass of Merlot or one of their craft ales.
We visited in the June sunshine with the hanging baskets cascading over the outdoor tables, and the lavender hedgerows at their beautiful best. Perfect for our anniversary dinner.
The Queen’s Head menu has always been big on quality and choice. You can start with nibbles, move onto starters and then tuck into a main “from the land” or “from the sea”. There’s over 15 main dishes to choose from as well as a daily mouthwatering specials board, always worth a look. The kid’s menu also has a good range of tasty and wholesome plates. We loved the focus on locally sourced Welsh ingredients throughout the menu. North Wales produces some amazing food and we love to support our producer-friends whenever we get the chance.
BEGIN AT THE START
Mr Bond began the evening with his favourite seafood starter. Roe seasoned king scallops with homemade black pudding, pea puree, crispy pancetta and lemon oil.
I chose the Pan seared English asparagus – in season right now – with garlic and white bean hummus, crispy duck egg, chive and hazelnut pesto. A truly delicious plate of food that I could have eaten many times over. And that pesto is definitely something I might try and recreate at home.
THE MAIN EVENT
Our mains continued the fishy theme with traditional fish pie for Mr B filled with cod, salmon, smoked haddock and tiger prawns and topped with Snowdonia smoked cheddar mash and served with peas.
I chose a main course from the light bites menu – partly because I do love a fishcake, and partly so I had room for a desert (essential especially for anniversaries). My Scottish salmon, garden pea and chive fishcake was delicious with a light and fresh watercress, salsa verde and tomato dressing.
SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST
We counted 14 tempting dessert options. How is a girl supposed to choose? I “ummed and aahed” between the chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce, and the blackcurrant and mango sorbet. Eventually the slightly healthier version won the day.
Mr B who is fully signed up member of the “pavlova fan club’, surprised me with his choice of Creme Brûlée with homemade shortbread and fresh raspberries, served in the sweetest little kilner jar.
There wasn’t room for coffee but we were delighted to spot our Heartland Coffi friends serving their after dinner filter coffee with a cute box of homemade minted fudge. Perhaps we should have made room after all.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
We were excited to read of the ambitious plans The Queen’s Head has for a restaurant extension towards the end of 2019. A new commercial kitchen is in the pipeline along with a beautiful garden room. You can view the architects drawing here.
We’re so blessed to have amazing restaurants like this on our doorstep – enjoyed by slate workers in the 1800s and just as much by us in 2019.
Thank you Wendy for your kind gift. We had a wonderful Anniversary dinner and highly recommend.
You should visit.