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Hotel Nant Ddu Lodge (Merthyr Tydfil, Wales)

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Address: Brecon Road / Cwm Taf / Merthyr Tydfil / CF48 2HY / Wales / Tel: (01685) 379111

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      26.03.2010 20:37
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      WHY I LOVE TO BE TREATED TO MY SUPPER HERE.

      The Nant Ddu Lodge is a stunning hotel, bistro and spa. It is set in its own grounds, which nestles in the stunning, breathtaking scenery of the brecon beacons.

      The hotel is certainly impressive when approaching on the easy access Merthyr to Brecon road. It is a beautiful white country manor type building. It oozes country grandure from its white washed stone exterior.

      When entering the tree lined grounds. You will find a large well lit car park. There is plenty of spaces for vehicles even in peak times.

      When entering the hotel, you will be met by a member of staff who will be happy to try and accomodate you. However it is very advisable to book a table before hand as it the resteraunt does get extremely busy on most evenings.

      There is the most welcoming bar area, with an open roaring fire. You will find great characters nestled in the corner, often conversing in the Welsh language. There is such a relaxing atmosphere within the bar. Everyone is friendly, the country decor is most pleasing. There is an option to eat your meal in the bar. I have eaten many a meal in this bar area and it is delightful. Although it should be noted that there is no reduction in price to eat in the bar.

      The restraunt area is very modern although still inkeeping with the country feel. The decor is warm and bright using opulent burnt orange and reds. Beautiful modern art graces the walls adding to the general high finish of the area. There are lots of tables in the resteraunt area. These tables are well spaced out, which allows for a more intimate dining experience. There are a variety of sized tables, catering for large groups too couples.

      The bistro area, is somewhat smaller and more traditional. It boasts a log fire and a country feel. It is a bit cramped for my liking. It seems as if they have put too many tables in there which for me, somewhat spoils the dining experience. It is very difficult not to hear other conversations from other tables and I find this slightly uncomfortable.

      The food in this hotel, is totally stunning. It uses fresh locally sourced produce in order to create a diverse and mouth watering menu. The menu is changed on a regular basis although old favourites can always be found on the menu. The food is very rich and opulent. But not pretentious or overly fussy. Basically the food relies on wholesome flavours and fresh local produce in order to offer a deliciously country menu.

      There is quite a good choice of starters, main courses and desserts. The prices are excellent considering that the food is somewhat special. The prices offer excellent value for money.

      The desserts deserve a special mention. There is a blackboard devoted to an array of mouth watering sweet options. All homemade using locally sourced produce. If you are fortunate enough to go to this hotel for a meal, I would strongly suggest that you allow enough room for a pudding. They are very special!!

      Last month I visited this hotel for an evening meal with my husband, my sister and hr partner. We hadnt booked, and so we were offered a large table by an open fire in the bar area. It was very cosy and we were pleased with this.

      We have eaten here on numerous occasions and therefore know that the food is so filling, it is quite a challenge to eat three courses. Although we were tempted by the delicious offerings such as garlic mushrooms on brioche with a garlic mayonaise or moule marinier with crusty farmhouse bread. We decided to skip starters.

      For our main course choice both me and my husband chose the same. Slow roasted welsh lamb on a bed of sweet potato with a sweet onion and mint puree. This came with our choice of sautee potatoes and a beautiful dish of hearty vegetables. (you have to pay extra for veg.) The lamb dish cost £11.95 which was very good value for money. I can not even begin to dscribe how delicious this dish is. The lamb is so sweet and tender, it just melts in your mouth. The sweet mash is such a beautiful addition to this dish as it compliments the lamb wonderfully. The sweet onion and mint puree is more like a gravy. It is totally sublime and if I could have had a bowl of that I would have been more than happy.

      For desert, I had home made bakewell tart with fresh cream anglaise. This was without doubt on of the nicest deserts I have ever tasted. It was rather an overwhelming portion and I couldnt eat it all. However its rich and crumbly pastry with almond and jam filling was totally orgasmic!!

      The meal for myself and my hubby came to an impressive £45 this also included a bottle of rose wine which accompanied the food to a tee.

      Upstairs in the hotel, there are 31 rooms. All rooms are ensuite. There are three selection of rooms to choose from...

      Standard room £89.50 pp/p night.
      Superior room £99.50 pp/pnight.
      Family room £125.00 pp/p night.

      Standard room
      These rooms are very suptious. They are all well furnished to a high standard. Inkeeping with the country feel. All rooms have a television. tea and coffee making facilities and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

      Superior room
      These rooms are bigger than the standard room. They boast a queen sized beds and also offer a larger tv, plus use of his and her bathrobes.

      Family room
      These rooms are the largest. They have a settee in the room which can convert into a bed. Also they have a beautiful queen sized bed. All children under 5 get to stay for free. Children over 5 are charged £10.00 which includes buffet breakfast.

      I do think that the prices for the hotel are quite steep. However It truly is a country retreat and I would certainly recommend a night here for a romantic getaway. The rooms are indeed very beautiful and offer comfort as well as style. It is worth noting that occasionally the hotel has weekend offers which indeed offer considerable discounts.

      Attached to the hotel is a beautiful spa. This is quite a new building and offers the height of tranquility. There are numerous spa treatments on offer from beauticians and holistic therapists. Again, there are often great reductions and deals on the Nant Ddu Lodge website.

      I have had the great pleasure in visiting this hotel for a number of years as it is very close to where I live. It is a real treat to go here for a meal as although it is not far from my home, it is nestled deep in the countryside and offers such a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

      The best thing about this hotel, is that it can be as informal or formal as you wish it to be. The waiters are very friendly and offer help on choosing from the menu. Saying that they are not in your face all the time and allow you the time to enjoy your meal in peace.

      The food is wonderful and thoroughly recommended.

      All in all this is a fantastic country hotel offering a warm country atmosphere. It also offers tranquility and a peaceful romantic haven. There are lots of country walks in the area. Although if you want a visit into local towns they are only a ten minute drive away.

      The cost here for both the meals and the spa treatments are very competitive with other local resteraunts. The starters average at £5 while main course average £12 with desserts £5.

      A thoroughly gorgeous hotel, spa, bistro and resteraunt.

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