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Sosban & The Old Butcher's Restaurant

Trinity House, 1 High Street, MENAI BRIDGE, LL59 5EE

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Wall tiles are reminders that this unprepossessing double-fronted shop was once a butcher's, now a modest restaurant with plain wooden tables and chairs. It's in a village at the end of Thomas Telford's suspension bridge, which seems an unlikely place for a destination restaurant. But booking a table means a long wait, not only due to the limited number of covers and that the place is open for only three evenings a week: word has spread about Stephen Stevens's innovative, often experimental cooking. He offers no choice, or even a menu, although diners are asked about preferences when they book. His cooking is characterised by bold, unconventional combinations in well-presented dishes. Wild mushroom purée is dotted with grains of cereal and golden raisins, and might be followed by celeriac risotto topped with pieces of apple and coffee. A fish course could bring on salted cod with yeasted cauliflower sprinkled with dried ox heart, followed by a main course of a piece of venison, from Snowdonia, with roasted pears, parsnips and smoked yogurt. Eating here involves well-defined, exciting flavours, even when it comes to puddings such as a sphere of bitter chocolate filled with passionfruit, with peanut sauce poured over it, and a final palate-cleanser of lemon posset flavoured with liquorice and mint.

Further information

Tel: 01248 208131
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open/closed

Days closed: Sun-Wed
Dates closed: Xmas, New Year, Jan
Days closed for lunch: Thu-Fri

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern
Chef: Stephen Owen Stevens
Number of seats: 16
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 12 yrs.

 

Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £27.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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A55 E, junct 9 straight on, Britannia Bridge. Exit A55 at junct 8a, right at T-junct A5 to Menai Bridge. At rdbt 2nd exit onto B5420. Left at x-rds, A545 High St
Nearest station: Bangor

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