VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY DINING AT THE GROVE, NARBERTH
Vegetarians and veggie food lovers, if you’ve ever dined somewhere and thought your dining options don’t quite match up with those of our meat-eating counter parts, well the Grove at Narberth is here to set the record straight on how vegetarian food is in a complete league of its own.
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The luxury Grove hotel, set in the rolling hills of Narberth in Pembrokeshire, not only is an outstandingly beautiful country hotel providing tranquillity and outstanding luxury, but the food is absolutely exquisite. The vegetarian menus and food options have been crafted to perfection and on a par with the regular non-vegetarian offerings. At the Grove you will not find that Goats cheese, lentils or mushrooms have been used to pad out the menu but infact time, effort and thought has been consumed in presenting a fine palette of flavours relationships and presentations from predominantly the humble vegetable.
Food at The Grove is sourced locally and inspired by the best of Welsh ingredients and served in a variety of environments from breakfast in the bright and airy garden terrace rooms, lunch or a relaxed dinner in the Artisan Rooms, drinks and canapes in the cosy bar, an intimate taster and wine flight paired soiree at The Fernery or maybe even an afternoon tea on the lawn. You and your taste buds will be sure to leave The Grove with lasting foodie memories.
A Sun-Drenched Breakfast Venue
Breakfast is served in the sun drenched, wicker basket themed room with vegetarian options such as Welsh natural yoghurt with an apricot and vanilla compote, honey granola and orange zest, poached pineapple, passionfruit and mango and coconut chia pudding, fresh fruit salad to start followed by an alternative traditional vegetarian breakfast where even the black pudding has been substituted.
Warm croissants and conserves, a mixture of toasted breads a Grove blend of coffee, teas and juices are also available. Not to forget pancake lovers, will adore the buttermilk stack topped with blueberries, maple syrup, and crème fraiche.
A Relaxed Lunch or Dinner
The Artisans room make for a lovely long relaxing lunch or dinner spot, overlooking the garden terrace again using the best of local ingredients and once again the vegetarian options use seasonal ingredients and were delightful.
To start, the melt in the mouth cheese souffle is a delight , with apple, pickled beetroot and hazelnut.
The main, a risotto of peas, mint, broad beans and topped with the slight of crunch of peas and the al dente arborio rice.
To finish, the perfectly comforting hug on a plate, sticky toffee pudding with a scattering of pecans and vanilla cream.
Pre-Dinner Drinks & Canapes
Fancy evenings at The Grove start with drinks and canapés in the cosy atmospheric bar, with comfy seating and a small plates menu.
The Grove’s signature summer cocktail came highly recommended by the sommelier – In the Grove Garden, which contains some home-made honey from the resident bees in the garden amongst other things and a perfect pre-dinner Negroni followed by well executed seasonal canapes, one of which was included tapioca.
7 Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu with Wine Flights
Probably my favourite of all dining experiences at The Grove, there is a special vegetarian pairing menu available in 5, 7 and 10 courses with a carefully selected selection of paired wines.
The Executive head Chef, Douglas Balish, is inspired by the location of the hotel and its surroundings combining the selection of vegetables and herbs picked daily from the kitchen gardens with a focus on delivering a fine balance of flavours with a. touch of elegance and contemporary clean presentation. It is no wonder The Fernery fine dining restaurant has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes.
Each course comes beautifully paired with wines from around the world to enhance the flavour of each dish, as chosen by the chefs and sommelier team.
Course 1: Amuse Bouche – Smoked Potato, Egg Yolk, Leek.
A delicious delicate flavour to start the meal Accompanied with house made warm bread and a selection of butters.
Course 2: Grove Vegetables
A selection of perfectly delicate vegetables from the garden with a light sauce
Course 3: Dahl – Lentil, Coconut, Cauliflower
A fusion of flavours from the lightly spiced Indian yellow dahl, creamy coconut and cauliflower.
Course 4: Asparagus – Girolles, Pea, Hollandais
Delicate flavours of the seasonal asparagus with a dash of creamy hollandaise
Course 5: Carrot – Goats Curd, Gnocchi, Pickles
A light medley of veg, dissolve in your mouth gnocchi slight tang of the pickles, against a light creamy goats curd.
Course 6: Perl Las – Eccles Cake, Celery
Perl Las, an organic blue cheese meaning ‘blue pearl’ in Welsh is paired with an Eccles cake and works wonderfully with the lingering blue cheese taste and sweet currants. A celery granita to cleanse the palette to end.
Course 7: Tulakalum Chocolate – Ginger, Lemon, Coriander
Tulakalum, a chocolate I have only ever tried in its native country, Belize, allows the ginger lemon and coriander to shine through yet remain subtle.
The Vegetable & Fruit Kitchen Garden
The Grove boasts a fantastic Kitchen Garden, producing over 70 varieties of vegetables, summer fruits and herbs for the restaurant, meaning only the freshest ingredients from earth to plate within hours. Additionally, the fine team of gardeners ensure the soil is managed organically, in line with sustainable practices at the core of the hotels policy.
The attention to detail of accommodating vegetarian food lovers at The Grove Narberth has truly left a stamp on the palette and shall forever be a wonderful memory of superbly crafted menus, the freshest produce, well executed flavours somewhere the vegetarian food lovers can feel on a par with other diners. How the best memories of food should be…
Be-lavie Tip: Non residents of The Grove can dine in the restaurants but reservations are essential. See below for details. Dress code for The Fernery is smart.
- Address : The Grove, Molleston, Narberth. Pembrokeshire. SA67 8BX
- Restaurant Reservations: +44 (0) 1834 860915
- Website: The Grove Narberth
- Reviews: Read what other people are saying about The Grove
- Hotel Stay: Book a stay at The Grove.
What’s Next? Further Reading & Useful Websites
- The Grove of Narberth: A Sustainable Luxury Hotel in Pembrokeshire
- A Guide to the Best Places to Visit in Pembrokeshire
- Sustainable Wine Tasting at Cwm Deri Vineyard, Pembrokeshire