Beach House Restaurant, Oxwich Beach
“Welsh ingredients and sea views inspire precise cooking” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
With its stone walls rising from the sands of Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsula, the views from the Beach House are hard to beat. The repurposed coalhouse, which once provided coal to the main house on the Penrice Estate overlooking the bay, is now a bright and breezy contemporary venue. It’s decorated in beachcomber-chic tones of blue, with stylish, copper light fittings, exposed rafters and full-length windows opening onto the bay. The tables are large with wooden tops, to create the illusion of driftwood, and are laid with high-quality tableware. Outside, there’s a decked seating area with glass and wood fencing to help protect you from the elements. Proud Welshman and head chef Hywel Griffith opened the Beach House in 2016. His menu is concise, written in Welsh and English, and the modern bistro cooking is built on pedigree Welsh produce. Dishes delight with a gleeful fusion of local and global flavours, starting with a pairing of scallops and pork belly with hazelnut, pak choi and XO broth. Lobster landed that morning from the boats you can see in Oxwich Bay provides inspiration for a variety of dishes, such as lobster cannelloni, braised vegetables, and Lyonnaise potatoes. Hywell’s take on these potatoes is more of a slice from a potato cake with lemon and thyme within the layers; it has a great flavour that doesn’t overpower the cannelloni. Fish fans might also enjoy turbot with summer vegetables, pearl barley and hen in the wood mushrooms. Finally, top-class pastrywork distinguishes a richly eggy, vanilla and nutmeg-scented custard tart offset by the sharp kiss of poached rhubarb and blood orange ice cream. Even though the small sourdough loaf is only a part of the meal, it is very well-baked bread - the crust is spot on with the middle offering good depth of flavour.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 46
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30: 162
- Wines by the glass: 16
- Cuisine style: Modern Welsh
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
There’s no getting away from it – when it comes to image, Swansea is a bit of a mixed bag. During its heyday in the 19th century, as king of the copper industry, it was known as ‘Copperopolis’. Dylan Thomas then called it an ‘ugly, lovely town’, but home-grown megastar Catherine Zeta-Jones raves about it and surveys have concluded it’s the best place to live in Britain. The good news is that regeneration is afoot. The dock area has been redeveloped into an opulent Maritime Quarter, where refurbished old buildings mingle with modern architecture, and the city is home to some appealing attractions.
When you tire of the city, head west along the Gower Peninsula, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The perfect holiday destination, it is the ideal place to surf, kite surf or boogie board, with stunning beaches and pretty inland areas. There are four National Nature Reserves and ample gardens, parks, cycle-paths and bridleways. Inland Gower is mostly heath and grazing farmland broken up into tiny parcels of fields, but it has its fair share of attractions, with a smattering of little villages, such as Reynoldston, situated on the Cefn Bryn ridge from where there are far-reaching views of the peninsula.
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