Culinary Causerie

With Lesley Williams

One of the biggest drawbacks since returning to some sort of normality is that most restaurants and bars have had to reduce their number of covers dramatically, to conform to social distancing. This coupled with the need to book beforehand, has brought to a halt the ability to dine out spontaneously. Do you remember, just being able to go out for a meal on a whim?

I tried on several occasions to book a table at Langland’s a day or so ahead but failed miserably. So, I got out my diary – yes, I do still have an old-fashioned paper diary that I keep all my dates in, and not a fancy pants iPhone or even as my technology savvy daughter has, a watch that stores all her appointments – and found an evening when we were all free to eat out together.

Booking a table is easy, you simply choose your date, lunch or dinner, inside or outside and pay a £10 per head deposit, and Bob’s your uncle. Now I know that paying a deposit is anathema to some, but I really can’t see the problem – unless you’re one of those people who book several restaurants and then select one on the night – leaving the rest to suffer the loss of the no-shows. You only have to see the comments on social media to know that this is an increasing problem. Hasn’t the hospitality industry suffered enough?

So, I booked our table – outside – not knowing that we were about to have some of the best weather of the year. We arrived and were shown to our table which commanded some of the best views of the bay imaginable. The tide was coming in and was soon gently lapping just below the sea wall.

Langland’s has got the social distancing well organised with Perspex screens between each table, and plenty of hand santiser stations. We are all slowly getting used to the drill; mask on when moving around, mask off when we sit down – if you’ve forgotten to bring one with you, then a disposable one will be handed to you on entry.

One of the speciality dishes at Langland’s is the seafood platter – and what a glorious thing it is too. Huge meaty crab claws, king prawns, plump juicy mussels, crispy calamari, deep fried cockles and generous portions of the catch of the day which were sea bass and salmon – and to top it off a dish of golden, crunchy chips and a side salad. It’s sea-food lover’s dream.

Who needs to go abroad when we have this on our doorsteps?

Langland’s Brasserie, Langland Bay SA3 4SQ. Tel: 01792 36369

Facebook/Instagram GIVEAWAY

Private Chef Christos has launched a giveaway to WIN a 5-course meal for four people in their own home. Christos says “After such a crazy roller-coaster year, we’d like to show some love and gratitude to all you hard working adults out there.

“We are offering a 5-course meal (worth over £400) where you can invite 3 of your favourite people to dine with you, and I will come to your home and cook! This giveaway closes at 12 noon on 31 August 2021 and a lucky winner will be announced on 1st September 2021.

“It’s super easy to enter, just follow these steps:

“Go to Facebook or Instagram and follow me Like this post
Tag three or more friends in the comments and let us know why you would like to invite them to dinner!
Sharing isn’t essential but always appreciated.

“Feel free to enter on both Instagram and Facebook to double your chances!

“One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Instagram. We will then be in touch to arrange your dinner party!”

Dinner party to be held in Wales/West of England before the end of February 2022, Sunday – Thursday only.

No cash alternative. Booking based on Chef Christos’ availability. Can be given as a gift to a friend.



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