Plas (Palace in English) Rhianfa is a very large building in the form of a French Chateau built on the banks of the Menai Straits on the Isle of Anglesey. It must be said that it is a marvellous property. It has not long been opened as a hotel and catered for residents only. However it was advertised early this year that Sunday lunch would be provided for non-residents. Curiosity got the better of us and some friends, so we decided to visit there for lunch one Sunday in March, towards the end of the terribly hard winter this year. We were not disappointed by the splendour of the building.
On arrival we were shown the music room, where we decided to have our pre- lunch drinks. That was a mistake. Half an hour went by before we were attended to. As we discovered later when we had coffee in the bar, we should have gone there where the bar man was serving drinks immediately.
On the whole the lunch was very good but the service did not match the splendour of the establishment. Neither did the presentation of the main course, which was brought to the table all complete on a plate including gravy. One would have expected the vegetables, which incidentally were oven baked - not to everyone’s taste – in a separate dish. However the starters and desserts were excellently presented, and were of perfect quality. We would dine there again but probably pre enquire about the way vegetables were cooked and served. The visit was a little disappointing but on the whole it was acceptable. Other diners may find everything to their liking.
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