Langland’s Brasserie by the Sea/ Mumbles Ale House

Culinary Causerie with Lesley Williams

After closing for the month of January, Langland’s reopened after a sparkling revamp in early February. The interior has had a cheerful makeover with a fabulous plant inspired motif, while still retaining its beach-side theme.

The menu has also had a makeover with a daily specials board that showcases the wonderful seafood available around our shores. The day we popped in for lunch one of the catches of the day was fresh mackerel. This must be one of the most widely available fish in our waters – I remember once being on a beach on the south coast where a man was standing fishing from the shore. The mackerel were practically jumping out of the sea into his cold-box – I cheekily went over to him and asked if he would let me buy some from him. He didn’t want to charge me – he said he was just catching for his own table but would be happy to share his spoils. We settled on a price of 25p each and I came away with four of the biggest, freshest mackerel I had ever had. We took them straight home and cooked them – that was about 30 years ago but they still go down in my memory as the most delicious fish I have ever eaten.

The Langland’s mackerel was on a par – spanking fresh and simply served with a salad and of course chips. Fish of this quality doesn’t need any fancy preparation.

By contrast the crab ravioli had been prepared with great effort. Each individual ravioli was filled with deeply flavoured crab meat and served in a creamy, delicately tomatoey sauce. It was one of those meals where I wanted to lick the dish but was too well mannered to.

With a glass of very good Sauvignon Blanc and a pint of Italian beer, and a very good cup of coffee the bill came to a little over £50. Add in the fabulous view over Langland Bay, the superb service and classy surroundings, it’s a venue that I am proud to take out-of-town friends to, to show them just what our city has to offer.

Langland’s Brasserie by the Sea,

Brynfield Road, Newton, Swansea SA3 4SQ

www.langlandsbrasserie.co.uk / 01792 363699

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Bron & Gerrard (far right) welcome the Hatherall family

Mumbles Ale House

A 150-year-old pub in Mumbles called the Mumbles Ale House has recently chang-ed hands when Bron and Gerrard Amour handed over the keys to Keith Hatherall and his wife Tracy. The Hatheralls have taken over the popular backstreet watering hole which in add-ition to the public house also includes a two-bed holiday apartment. They bring with them over 20 years’ experience running pubs and hotels in south Wales including a recent stint at the Newton Inn, also in Mumbles.

 

Under its new management, the Mumbles Ale House is open 7 days a week with quiz nights on Wednesdays and live acoustic music planned for Sundays as well as occasional pop up kitchens. For news and details of opening hours and events, visit Facebook and Instagram.

You will find the Mumbles Ale House on the corner of Westbourne Place and Gloucester Place just off Dunns Lane, behind the Mumbles Library.

Open Monday – Thursday from 3.30 to 23.00, Friday 12.00 to 00.00, Saturday 12.00 to 23.00, Sunday 12.00 to 22.00

Mumbles Ale House 21 Westbourne Place, Mumbles SA3 07388160331

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