Written by Hayley in Out and about

Last Friday I turned 27 and my boyfriend had the tough decision of deciding where to take me out for my birthday meal and he made an additional challenge for himself by wanting to take me somewhere I’d never been before. He picked me up at 6.45pm and from Chester we got onto the A55 and headed into north Wales, through the hills and past Moel Famau. We ended up in Ruthin, at the quaint and charming Myddleton Grill on the square, the building also known as “the 7 eyes of Ruthin” because of its 7 windows at the front. The staff were very welcoming and we were escorted up 3 flights of stairs to our table.  The building has rustic old beams, wooden floor boards and an uneven wooden stair case, however the restaurant has a contemporary feel. To start I had chicken liver pate with chutney served on Melba toast and Steve had mushrooms in a creamy sauce (I have to admit I did have a bit of food envy as the mushrooms did taste divine!) I thought it would be rude not to have the steak for mains and I wasn’t disappointed, it was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection served with mushrooms, tomatoes and crispy onion rings. Included in the price was your choice of 2 sides, I went for fries and dauphinois vegetables – delicious! The boy did good!

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For round two of birthday food, I booked a table at Davenport Farm Shop and Tearooms on the Saturday afternoon. I’ve wanted to visit here for years to sample the multi-award winning afternoon tea they put on. You park up in the farm, the hens running around outside; it’s really quite idyllic. Inside the tearoom the walls are decorated with Alice in Wonderland murals and the cabinets are filled with teacups and saucers. We had a nice long table for the 7 of us. We started off by choosing our tea- there is a mind blowing amount of teas to choose from.  Being a ‘medium strength tea drinker’ I opted for the Kwazulu tea. Your teacups are taken away to be warmed and the tea is brewed to perfection and bought out in tea pots. The cakes and sandwiches came out beautifully arranged on a three tier cake stand, which you shared between two. They cater for coeliacs too and Faye was given her own gluten free stand. All the cakes are either made on site or from local producers and were all delicious, I especially enjoyed the mini Viennese swirls which just melted in your mouth. After we had demolished the cakes, freshly baked scones that were still warm from the oven were brought out and we helped ourselves to jam and clotted cream. Beautiful!

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