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“A Prized Gem on our doorstep !”
Review of Hammet House

Hammet House
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Llechryd
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Just occasionally, one stumbles across a venue that routinely exceeds expectations in all respects in terms of food, drink, attitude, service and hospitality.

Hammet House in Llechryd, Pembrokeshire, is one such outstanding establishment.

We arrived on time on a Friday night and sat in the bar with a drink - my wife had a difficult choice as there were just so many flavours of gin to choose from.

We were provided with menus and an extensive wine list to make our selections from. The menu is regularly changed, so even returning customers like ourselves are treated to something different on every visit. We both decided to try the duck for starters and while my wife had the fish for her main, I went for the steak and chip.

After our orders were taken, we were shown into the dining room and invited to select a table. Breads were first up, along with our selected bottle of wine, shortly followed by our starters. The food was simply divine. Presentation, taste and textures were all superb. We finished our starters and waited for the main course, whilst enjoying some of the well chilled wine. What a treat that was. I really do think that the wine list here is one of the best I have ever seen in terms of range and depth.

Mains arrived, and once again we were very impressed with the beautiful presentation, the taste combinations, and the quality of the food. Quite remarkable and absolutely 100 / 100 to the Chef. Thank you - superb effort, thoroughly appreciated.

After our mains were enjoyed, we both elected to have a dessert to finish the evening off, and were delighted to be surprised with two glasses of champagne and an additional chocolate and raspberry cake offering from the house as it was a birthday celebration. What a nice touch. Thank you.

I've said this before, but I will repeat it for the benefit of new readers of my reviews - if you are in Pembrokeshire and you wish to enjoy some excellent fine dining at its best, Hammet House is the place to visit (located at one end of the bridge in Llechryd).

All in all, a wonderful and relaxed evening with some excellent food and drink. We look forward to the next one.

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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

And we look forward to seeing you again - thank you for being so enthusiastic about what we are doing at the Art Room @ Castell Malgwyn

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped to charge electric car. Which they offer free. I opted for a pot of tea on the lawn with a light lunch. Excellent. Call again? Definitely.

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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Thank you but, before the world decides we have taken leave of our commercial senses, perhaps I should say that free charging is for the benefit of our guests, rather than the world and his wife who would pay £5 for 30 minutes...

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Reviewed 22 July 2018

Food full of flavour, good portion size, excellent wines, friendly & efficient staff, a beautiful period building tastefully decorated with a light, modern elegance, interesting artwork and sculptures, very different from those normally seen in a restaurant. There are crisp linen tablecloths & elegant silverware for the tables, gentle low background music, not stuffy & mournful, we enjoyed listening to Leonard Cohen.
We have dined in many fabulous hotels & restaurants including the ‘Hand Picked’ and ‘Macdonalds’ groups. When we see ‘Fine dining’ we have come to expect very small portions but not so at Hammet House. I meant to order vegetables with my fillet steak meal but was glad I forgot – there was plenty of food & variety on the plate, just right. Dessert did not disappoint either – attractive, light, full of flavour & textures. A very talented chef!
The ‘plastic’ chairs in the dining room are not plastic, they are expensive Designer pieces in clear polycarbonate (we checked them out with a view to buying some!) and give an attractive light, modern look & wonderful airy feel to the dining room.
Also – if a designer ‘plastic’ chair is good enough for the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire at the fabulous Chatsworth House in Derbyshire (we know as we are regulars there), then they are fine in any top restaurant!
Our bill for 2 fillet steak dinners with 2 desserts & wine was just under £100 which we feel was very good value. Lower cost options were available and we could have chosen alternatives for around £40 per couple for a 2 course each (plus wine if you want it) - MUCH better value than many run of the mill pub restaurants.
The new owners are bringing fine dining into the 21st century and are doing a great job, I just wish we lived nearer as it would be our preferred dining venue. We will definitely be back when visiting Wales again soon. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

And we look forward to seeing such appreciative guests again - your wonderfully detailed analysis of what we are about really gives us all -, from our Head Chef to our enthusiastic part-time local youngsters - a feeling that, yes, we are getting it right. It is extraordinary how the rare negative review, even if prompted solely by small-minded malice, can affect morale so thank you for redressing the balance

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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Amazing food, beautiful surroundings, fantastic staff. It was such a comfortable, relaxed and friendly environment and the food was just soooo good.

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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

And you were generous enough to post both here, the restaurant page, as well as the hotel and all I can do is reiterate thanks from everyone for expressing your appreciation so publicly

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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights to visit family nearby. We asked for the exceptional room ( £200+ per night) as we wanted to guarantee comfort and good sleep. The staff we dealt with were charming and helpful and seemed to be doing their best in a clearly understaffed hotel. Breakfast was average, the table we sat at had a window shelf that was dusty and had several dead flies on it. The bed was good , the badly stained mattress not so good. The bathroom was shabby, certainly not exceptional. The bathroom products are no longer top-end Aromatherapy Associates.

When we returned to the hotel at midnight on the Saturday a man ( the owner ?) was playing very loud music in a communal room which seemed to be below the room in which we intended to sleep. The music was not turned down until we called and asked for it to be quieter so that we could try and sleep. The next morning no apology was made and we left with the impression that the proprietors didn’t care whether we enjoyed our stay or not.

This could be a wonderful hotel as it’s an impressive house with lovely grounds. We enjoyed the art on the walls but would definitely not stay here again.

1  Thank BertieFisher13
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Yes, and we all remember you, say Amanda, Sian, Alex and our Head Housekeeper.

You came in late, at about 10.40pm, some long time after you had indicated on the telephone and yes, of course we were not fully staffed at that time, but nevertheless you did get the sandwiches you ordered. We are a small country house hotel and we do not pretend to be other than that and that means we do not have the night-time staffing levels of a Travelodge.

And since you have gone public, so will we. Other people disagree about breakfast as the numerous reviews on our hotel page attest. You are entitled to your view about the bathroom, again others disagree, and I am not sure why Aromatherapy Associates should be mentioned. Did this hotel ever offer these - people who have been here longer than us say not.

So, you returned at midnight to a hotel. On a Saturday night. Music was playing. In a "communal room". The communal room was a bar and it was someone's birthday. Do you know what? We are not a Trappist monastery and music playing in a bar on a Saturday night is actually quite normal, However, when you complained, I did ensure the music was not just turned down but off altogether

And when you left the following day, having already complained on the Saturday morning about dirt on the staircase, which you/your dog brought in and took up the stairs, across the landing and into your room, we found that said dog also had urinated against the bedroom walls - our housekeeper was so appalled she took photographs to show me.

Be assured that this will not stop us taking well behaved dogs and well behaved owners so we will just have to accept that there are some exceptions to this,

Hey ho, we are in the hotel business and, whilst we are disappointed you did not enjoy your visit, we are relieved that you will not be returning. I can on request, let you have the identities of several retreats, of various religious denominations, which you may find suitable.

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