|I was booked to do a book signing in Aberystwyth and we didn’t fancy going up there and then back again in one day. So we looked for somewhere to stay. The first couple of places we tried were full and so we ended up in a lovely place we haven’t visited for a while.
Cnapan is an excellent restaurant with rooms in Newport Pembrokeshire. It might be a little further from Aberystwyth than we wanted, but it is certainly worth the detour. It is a beautifully elegant place, a listed Georgian townhouse on East Street and I love going there. It is so relaxed and comfortable. You are made to feel at home from the moment you walk through the door. The bedrooms are full of character and we sat in ours for a while before our meal on Friday (15 May 2009), watching the wind drive the rain in from the sea. From the window we could see the church looking down on us and Mynydd Carningli behind, drifting in and out of the low cloud.
I can recommend Cnapan without reservation and I can definitely recommend the fish stew whilst Liz would recommend the chicken cooked with puy lentils and chorizo. Then the weather, which had been wet and miserable all day, unexpectedly lifted. It was suddenly a lovely spring evening and we walked down to Parrog and watched the sunset. It was beautiful.
Click here to visit the Cnapan website.
Friday night was probably the best part of the weekend. My book signing was a disaster. No books sold and no interest shown by the good people of Aberystwyth either. It was a long way to go to be ignored. I could have saved money and stayed in the classroom with my boys in Year 10. It would definitely have been warmer in my classroom, despite the unpredictability of the school heating system. There was a bitter wind coming in off the sea on Saturday. Grey Aberystwyth indeed.
My boys would probably have preferred the original meaning of “cnapan”, their interest in high quality cooking being generally a touch limited.