We returned to Warpool Court after its Winter closure. We were a little apprehensive of the new arrangements for dining but need not have worried. Mark Napper is now in charge of the catering, having previously been at Warpool some years ago, and having a very successful career including his own highly-regarded restaurant.
The old Summer Lounge is now Mark Napper's Garden Restaurant, with 24 covers and an excellent menu. The old winter lounge is the reception area for the restaurant , with log fire and interesting paintings and personal touches. Mark is a skilled chef with an obvious passion for his food. The home-made bread is his speciality and was wonderful, especially the sun dried tomato.Served with Welsh butter, we would have been happy to eat just this! There were several choices of Starter, including amongst others Solva crab salad, excellent soup, smoked salmon and mackerel salad, plus vegetarian option.
Main courses came with appropriate vegetables in generous amounts, and beef medallions with hand cut chips and a pepper sauce was beautifully done. Sourcing local produce, Mark's fish dishes were excellent and Whiting fillet in Panko crumbs with a minted pea puree and hand cut chips was the best we had had in a long time, being a wonderfully fresh, thick fillet cooked to perfection. The menu changes regularly and there were new dishes each day during our stay, and again included a good vegetarian option.
Deserts were equally enjoyable, with the Bara Brith bread and butter pudding instantly becoming a favourite. Delicious ice cream, panna cotta and other dishes featured. Chocoholics are catered for too, and the cheese board featured local cheeses.
Coffee with home-made fudge and mints completed a very enjoyable meal.
As Mark's restaurant is run separately, you may find it easier to pay for meals as you go each evening. Wine and bar is added to the hotel bill.
Mark is also responsible for breakfast, and smoked haddock with poached egg was a great start to the day, although a mysterious half hour wait did occur one morning. We look forward to our next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Warpool is set in 15 acres of extraordinarily peaceful, prime, private coastal land with direct footpath access to the Pembrokeshire Coast. Guests have exclusive use of our covered, heated swimming pool open from mid-April until the end of September. There is an all-weather tennis court available at all times for our guests. Swimming pool towels and tennis equipment are provided without charge. There are ample terraced lawns, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sea views or for taking a beverage or tea in a quiet corner. There is a lawned area for croquet and separate fields for kite flying, golf putting, throwing a frisbee or essential dog exercise. Most importantly, a mown swathe from the garden through the land to the south enables visitors to link to a footpath to the coast - perfect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Warpool Court St Davids
- Hotel Warpool Court
- Warpool Court Hotel St Davids, Wales