The Grove of Narberth has capitalised on the demand for casual dining with the launch of two new restaurants.
The Welsh boutique, which recently completed a £300k refurbishment across its ground floor, has now opened two new dining spaces, providing fine dining and relaxed dining to guests for the first time.
The Fernery Restaurant will serve 32 covers for dinner and lunch on Saturday only, and will be The Grove’s more refined dining experience in an intimate new dining room.
The Artisan Rooms Restaurant will be the hotel’s more casual dining space, situated in three dining rooms at the rear of the hotel overlooking the garden terrace and water feature.
Menus will feature grazing boards of Welsh charcuterie and artisan cheese, grilled Welsh lamb and beef, Pembrokeshire landed fish, all prepared by executive head chef Allister Barsby and his team.
The restaurant seats 36 covers and is open throughout the week.
To complement these changes, a new restaurant manager has also been appointed.
Chris Doherty joins The Grove from Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire having spent 15 years working in senior F&B management roles at the likes of Clivenden, Lough Erne and the K Club.
Catriona McGregor has also been promoted to head sommelier, having joined the business in 2017 from Gleneagles.
Louise Barber, general manager, says: “Whilst we are considered to be a food-led hotel venue we have always considered it a shame that guests might choose to dine for only one night on an extended stay with us. We can all except that fine dining every night is not for everybody, even for the real foodies, and we would love for our guests to stay with us for longer. We have made this decision to better fit with what our customers really want and that is a real choice of top quality food options during their stay with us.”
Neil Kedward, managing director of the hotel says: “This is the right decision, right now for our business. It allows us to put greater emphasis and focus on our fine dining offering in our exceptional new restaurant space with reduced covers to properly show case Allister’s extraordinary talent whilst ensuring that we properly meet the needs of all our guests. The feedback from our customers has been a universally positive one. We are also delighted to have Chris and Catriona running the restaurant – the perfect blend of youth and experience. It’s now a front of house team filled with Celt’s which must be a good thing.”