“ Address: High Street, Llansantffraid, Powys SY22 6AD „
The other night a group of us (15 in total) went to The Station Restaurant to celebrate a couple of birthdays. The Station has recently opened, some months ago under new ownership having being closed for a couple of years previously.
I am so pleased to see the restaurant back up on its feet as I used to enjoy going there and was so disappointed when it closed - seeing the building 'going', I thought that that would be the end of the restaurant. So as you can imagine I was delighted when I heard that it was back up and running.
Having recently been re-opened, the restaurant has had a refurbishment and I must say it does look really lovely. The whole place has been decorated really beautifully - very modern yet at the same time still 'comfortable'. The restaurant has a lovely purple theme with lovely purple and black curtains, chunky wooden tables and comfortable wooden and padded chairs. There are also some very comfy leather sofas in the bar area.
There is a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant - really homely and welcoming. It is really lovely and you can relax there as soon as you walk through the door.
We had a pre-drink in the bar area. We had the place to ourselves and so it felt as though we could be as 'loud' (not that we were that loud), but as though we could enjoy ourselves without having to worry about being to noisy and upsetting other customers.
As we were a large group, we had already pre-ordered our meals and so we didn't have to look at any menus (apart from desert).
The restaurant has recently put up some 'glass walls' to shut the restaurant off from the rest of the area - I think this is because they have live music there quite often and so it means that the noise doesn't upset the customers dining in the restaurant.
The restaurant consists of a long room. We had a long wooden table down the middle of the room - there are also tables of four along the walls.
I ordered garlic mushrooms for starters, and being a vegetarian, I had the veggie lasagne - there was a beef lasagne available for meat-eaters.
I had actually forgot what I had ordered for starters and so I thought that I was having goats cheese, however my friend kindly informed me that I had actually ordered garlic mushrooms (£4.95). I was actually expecting the mushrooms to be mushrooms covered in batter, although when it arrived, it was more like a soup with slices of mushrooms. It looked good and was full of flavour, however it wasn't really to my taste and so I only ate a little of it - in order to leave room for the lasagne I was so looking forward to. The two slices of garlic bread accompanying were very delicious and Moorish however.
Our plates were cleared quickly - great, as I hate waiting around for plates to be cleared. So this was good as it meant that the main course would soon be on its way.
Despite being a huge pasta fan, I am not that keen on lasagne apart from the ready-made Marks and Spencer's one which is gorgeous. So I wasn't sure what to expect.
When my lasagne arrived - it was a huge portion and very attractive looking with lots of colour and a side salad. The lasagne was tasty and you could tell that it was homemade. Whilst it was nice and I could eat it, there wasn't anything 'wow' about it, although I did enjoy it. The chef had certainly made the best out of the ingredients and there were lots of pieces of vegetables such as carrots in it which were really nice.
When we pre-ordered, we had to choose whether we wanted chips, mash potato or new potatoes. I chose new potatoes. However, when the side dishes arrived, they had made enough chips, mash and new potatoes for everyone - so that was good as it meant that we could have a serving of each if we wanted. There was also lots of vegetables - mainly consisting of carrots and peas.
I found the lasagne to be very filling and surprisingly (very surprisingly) for me, I was too full for pudding. I AM NEVER TOO FULL FOR PUDDING! However, there was lots of puddings to choose from; sticky toffee pudding (my favourite - yet it would have been too heavy), jam roly poly, raspberry meringues, cheesecake (3 different choices) and cheese. I think everyone was full because only around 6 out of the 15 of us had puddings, however the ones that did said that they were lovely.
The staff were nice and friendly - young they were. However, they weren't that professional- they were nice and kept asking if everything was ok and whether they could get us anything else so that was good enough for me. Whilst the service was quick, it wasn't rushed which was good.
For two courses the price was £14.90. I had also bought a wine and a pint of cider and that came to around £4. So all in all, good value for money.
I really enjoyed the evening and the fact that we had the place to ourselves was really nice as it meant that it was private and that we were 'in control' of the evening, rather than the chefs being in control (e.g depending how many tables they have in etc).
The toilets are large and very clean - however there are only 2 so there may be queuing at times. I love the 'old fashioned' sinks in the toilets.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant - it is a lovely place! It is suitable for all occasions whether it be a birthday party for a teenager, a family meal or any other kind of event.
They also have live music and karaoke regularly.
By the way, it is called 'The Station' because it used to be an old train station, and where you sit in the restaurant is actually where the platform was, so it is an interesting place as well as a lovely place to eat.
Thanks for reading!
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