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Nick’s, Aberystwyth

** Nick’s of Portland St closed in December 2016 **

** Reviews on Tripadvisor seem to back up our review – decent food let down by indifferent front of house **

I  remember the eponymous Nick from Peer’s in Aber – a nice enough place, down that alley off Baker Street that seems more suitable for Backyard BBQ now.
He’s been a successful restaurateur for a long time now, and the menu here is like a Greatest Hits compilation rather than a coherent, unified design.
Nicks InternalThe new premises on Portland Road are small, but much more attractive than his earlier locations.
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Irie’s Caribbean Restaurant [Closed]

[Irie’s closed in early 2016]

Since Aberystwyth has restaurants for most Mediterranean  countries,  we were pleased to see Irie’s Cocktail Lounge and Caribbean Restaurant open recently.

And with temperatures around freezing, Bethan and I fancied a little West Indian warmth, so we thought we’d dust off our neglected blog and get down there.
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Gwesty Cymru

Prom View GwestySince I live in Aber, I don’t stay in its hotels very often.
But shortly after their opening in 2007, I stayed at Gwesty Cymru and loved it.
BathThe rooms are beautiful, and I had a sea view from both the room AND the bathroom!
I loved watching the winter joggers pass by from my warm tub.
I even took this photo on my primitive phone, so excited was I.

I’ve been back several times for dinner, and always enjoyed it.

It quickly generated a reputation as the place to go for a celebratory meal, and it books up rapidly at the weekend.

Unable to get a table on Saturday evening, we decided to see how it fared at lunchtime.
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How The Peach Tree, Shrewsbury, Handles Complaints

Since we haven’t reviewed many places in Aber recently, we weren’t going to review the Peach Tree in Shrewsbury, despite eating there.
It’s a lovely place, with excellent, well-priced food and friendly staff is an excellent building.
But we’re the ABER food blog, and we were having Sunday lunch (boring choice), and we were visiting our friends Paul and Sarah rather than focussing on the food.
And I only had my cameraphone.

Peach Tree BarBut then, there was a problem with the food!
A mistake had been made, and we (quiet, shy people) had to mention it to the staff!

I’ve heard people say “A Complaint is an Opportunity”, but I’ve never seen one handled as well as at The Peach Tree, and felt obliged to tell all.
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Pier Brasserie, Day Menu, Aberystwyth


PierBrasserieIt isn’t obvious when walking past, but Aberystwyth’s pier has a brasserie at the end of it. Even many locals don’t know it’s there.

But should you navigate your way into the building, follow an unpromising corridor and climb some steep stairs, you will come out into a bright, spacious room with fantastic views.

Interior Pier Brasserie

But can the food live up to the surroundings?

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Baravin, Aberystwyth


Baravin has proved a welcome addition to Aberystwyth.
This is largely because it isn’t too dogmatic about what it is.
Is it a wine bar (‘Bar a Vin’ is the French for wine bar), a restaurant, a cafe, a pizzeria or a cocktail bar?

It’s in a splendid position on the seafront, it’s owned by the people behind the excellent Harbourmaster in Aberaeron, and we’ve heard good things about it.
So Bethan & I didn’t need much of an excuse to see for ourselves.

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Backyard Barbecue, Aberystwyth

Diining3Over the summer, Bethan and I visited two very good Cardiff restaurants that specialised in the hot on-trend food of the moment: barbecue.
We enjoyed them a lot, and sadly thought how if we were twenty years younger we’d open a BBQ place in Aberystwyth.

And just as the nights are lengthening, and we start to miss that unpretentious meaty goodness, Backyard BBQ opens up.
But can they match the best Cardiff has to offer? And do the citizens of Aberystwyth want it?
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