[Abergele] Kinmel Arms
Is it the village pub? A gastropub? Or, as they describe themselves, a restaurant with rooms. I’ve no idea and I reckon the owners aren’t too sure either. We glanced at the evening menu and it’s firmly set in the “modern Brit” style. At lunchtime, the menu is much more pubby which was fine with us.
Starters are good sizes and act as a “light lunch” as well. So, for instance, cod goujons brought two generous fillets – crisp batter, just flaking fish, some well dressed salad leaves. There are also starter/light lunch versions of a number of main courses and my partner followed up with one of these. Described as “fillet of beef salad served warm with tomatoes and red onions”, she was a tad disappointed that the “salad” was just the onions and tomatoes. No leaves. No nothing. It put the “light” in “light lunch”.
I went with a very delicious Conwy seafood chowder – a rich soup laced with Pernod and white wine and packed with local mussels, king prawns and other assorted fishy bits. Came with two big slices of granary bread. My main course was their “Pie of the Week”. Pork had been braised and then reheated in a cheese sauce with a puff pastry topping. Could have been really good but wasn’t – the pastry was undercooked and the cheese sauce just made the whole thing claggy. Came with chips and red cabbage, sweetened with raisins.
In spite of this not being a perfect lunch, I’d still recommend it – decent places along the North Wales coast are few.