Beach House Restaurant, Oxwich Beach
“Local seafood overlooking the bay” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Literally on the beach, the coastal views from Beach House Restaurant towards famous Gower Peninsula landmark of Three Cliffs Bay are breathtaking whether your table is inside or on the sunny terrace. The stone-built building was originally used to store coal for the main house on Penrice Estate overlooking Oxwich Bay. Now thoroughly modernised with clean, modern lines, hues of maritime blue and cream, leather upholstery, stylish light fittings and floor-to-ceiling windows along the beach side, it’s a spectacular setting for a restaurant. Outside, a glass partition separates diners on the decked seating area from the elements and there is driftwood effect throughout thanks to the abundance of wood. Native Welshman head chef Hywel Griffith is passionate about produce from the Gower coast and that’s reflected in his menu which often includes local meat and game as well as seafood and fish caught from the sea directly in front of the restaurant. A typical meal might begin with a well-executed, creamy veal sweetbread with a hint of thyme on its seared exterior, served with asparagus spears and purée and slice of Morteau sausage. It might be followed by ‘caught this morning’ Oxwich Bay lobster cannelloni, braised vegetables, Lyonnaise potatoes and lemon thyme. The sweet lobster fills the delicate, thin pasta parcel and the braised julienne vegetables offer bite and texture. The Lyonnaise potatoes are scented with lemon and thyme and a rich lobster bisque finishes off a memorable dish with a real sense of place. Puddings are a strength here – end the meal with a slice of light and wobbly egg custard tart, the richness tempered by poached rhubarb and a subtle blood orange ice cream. The extensive and intelligently arranged wine list offers a number of affordable options and there’s a strong choice by the glass.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 46
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 2nd and 3rd week January
- 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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