TAKE A BREAK GRAMPS - The Bay Bistro, Rhossili, Wales

A surprise visit arranged by a son and grandson was well received when we saw the beautifully location of this bistro, overlooking Rhossili beach. It was quite busy when we arrived at 7.30pm and we had a table for four, close to the toilets but closer still to the aged rock guitarist entertaining guests on his electric fender guitar. Now I do like most rock music and the electric rhythm guitar gives a nice sound, so I was happy about this background music for a while.

The menu and our drinks were served promptly and all four of us decided on having a main dish and a dessert, giving the starters a miss. It is not an extensive menu and it is quite expensive. The mains include a range of meat dishes and vegetarian options. We went with three steaks for the adults and a duck dish for the nine year old. There is no child's menu, not that he would have wanted something deemed 'child'.

We had a very long wait after ordering, but the guitarist played on with Nirvana, Sting and Beach Boy numbers proving Gramps had a wide musical repertoire and a great deal of finger plucking skills. However, being so close to a non stop electric guitar act, made it difficult to have a normal conversation across the table as we waited our mains. Still, I was sure our octogenarian musician would take a break soon.

Mains arrived and the music continued. Our two fillet steaks and our one sirloin steak were beautifully cooked as requested and in a rich and tasty peppercorn sauce, and well supported by delicious hand cut chunky chips. Some vegetables, namely the cauliflower and broccoli, were under cooked and could have benefited form one more minute in boiling water. As for the little man's duck, it proved a great success and he cleared his plate like the rest of us.

The music continued - now non stop for 90 minutes and I recognised the theme from Twin Peaks! By which time I was praying for Gramps to take a break and join his wife for a bottle of San Miguel.

On to desserts and just room to share an Eton Mess and a 'Death by Chocolate' between the four of us. Scrummy! The bill was well over £100 with the steak dishes priced at £23 each and the duck close to it. Nevertheless, we came away from the Bay Bistro well satisfied with the quality of the food but our ears twanging with the non stop guitar music. As we left at 9.30pm, Gramps was still rocking - a two hour gig is some rock session!!


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