Abergele & District

Luncheon club

The luncheon group meets each month at different venues to sample good food and good company. Margaret, Pauline and Lynn organise the monthly lunches between them so please check your U3A monthly calendar of events to see who to contact. The menu and sheet to note your food choices are displayed at the monthly open meeting and we are happy to welcome new members to join us for lunch.

2017

Luncheon Club visit to the Llanelian White Lion on 20th April.

Our group of enthusiastic gourmets numbered twenty six, although we lost another two due to the prevalent strain of the lurgy which has been circulating recently.

We know from experience that this hostelry rarely disappoints and we were offered a choice of home-made Vegetable Soup with Crispy Croutons, Mushrooms with a creamy Garlic sauce, Pâté with toast and dressed salad and Melon with Parma Ham and Fruit Coulis for our first course.

A total of five main course options were available. The chef has just revised his menu for Spring and Summer and a new chicken dish was included which proved extremely popular.
I greatly enjoyed the Somerset Chicken with bacon lardons and mushrooms topped with garlic, cheese cream sauce, which together with the famous Roast Lamb and Grilled Plaice were the three greatest hits of the day for our discerning diners.

All dietary requirements were readily catered for at the White Lion and the Melon and Fruit Platter which was served as a gluten free sweet was beautiful to behold. Other sweets included that old trooper Eton Mess and a delectable Toffee Lumpy Bumpy Gateau. Home-made Apple Pie with Custard and Ice creams were also on the menu.

As usual, the company was friendly and welcoming. An appreciative silence fell as each course was attacked, then out bursts of hilarity and conversation flowed until we concluded our meal with either tea or coffee and mints.

The service was impeccable from the waiting staff although the licensee Nina was unable to work having undergone surgery for slipped discs. We certainly wish her well and expect to return, perhaps to enjoy something from the Autumn menu?

The last word should be a Thank You to our most accomplished (almost professional) Court Photographer, Mr (sometimes Sir) Jim Fall who has catalogued most dishes referred to and some of which are included in this report for your delectation! Thanks Jim
Diana Barnes

2016

24 members of the lunch group had their January meal at the Orme View Restaurant at Llandrillo College. Rhos-on-Sea.

There was a varied menu on offer and each course included one Welsh dish as part of the selection.
The menu always has something different to challenge us, in my case finding out what one of the starters, Omelette Arnold Bennet, entailed - Google informed me that it was made with smoked haddock and was the novelist's favourite dish at the Savoy. Those who chose this option agreed with him that it was delicious. Another unusual dish on offer was beef cheeks, which was much enjoyed by everyone who ordered it.

All the main courses were served with an individual side dish of vegetables.
Desserts from the trolley proved a bit of a lottery as everyone was keen to sample the meringue but unfortunately some were disappointed as it ran out very quickly. The hot chocolate soufflé was served with a refreshing orange sorbet and chocolate soil, another unusual offering.
Coffee or tea followed, served with a lovely miniature Florentine.

We pre ordered our meals and enjoyed 3 courses for £11.25.
The restaurant is the training ground for the catering and hospitality students and a nice touch is the young chefs coming to each table and seeing what their customers thought of their meals.

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