A new dining experience has launched at Llangoed Hall in Wales under the guise of new head chef Sam Bowser.
Bowser, who joined the hotel and three AA Rosette restaurant in December from Dormy House, has created a series of new menus and introduced a new style of dining that puts the guest journey centre stage.
The new menu maximises the use of Llangoed’s own vegetable garden – which produces the likes of cauliflower, celeriac and pumpkin – as well as its smoke house, alongside ingredients from other local producers.
Dinner service will be available from Monday and Sunday, 6.30pm to 9pm, with three different menus on offer; five and seven course a la carte, or a nine-course tailored tasting menu with the re-introduction of trolley service.
Only available on a kitchen pass, up to six guests will be invited into the kitchen during lunch service to engage with the team and watch them prepare – and then enjoy each of the dishes on the exclusive seven-course tasting menu.
Bowser said: “What really attracted me was the location of Llangoed, the history of it, the size of it, the gardens; the whole feel of the place. I’m looking forward to creating a really enjoyable dining experience that ties the whole place together and building that all up from scratch.
“A big part of what we’re doing is about the guest journey; for people to come in and see what we’re doing, offering them a really unique experience. It’s a country house, not too large, so it’s making it feel like a home away from home. People are getting more and more knowledgeable about food and people are really mesmerised by it. Things that we think are quite simple to do, people love seeing it. There’s a real interest in it.”
Bower replaced Nick Brodie at Llangoed Hall, who left the hotel to join The Felin Fach Griffin.