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Published September 7th 2014
Locally-sourced, home-made food by the seaside in Wales
After a bracing walk up to Carn Ingli, the Rock of Angels, looking over Newport in Pembrokeshire, there is no more welcome a sight than Blas At Fronlas, the first eaterie to greet you on Market Street as you come off the hillside and into town.
Using local or Welsh produce as much as possible, this delightful café divides its menu into 'on a board all day', 'really hungry' and 'half hungry' items from £8.75 to £10.50, served from 12 noon until 4pm, 'picking things all day' from £5.50 for three items to £7.95 for six, and filled paninis and baguettes from £5.20.
We chose the home-made mackerel pate, which came in a ramekin dish and was served on a wooden board with freshly baked bread and a side salad of gem lettuce, mini gherkins, sun-blush tomatoes and peppers. Everything was very fresh and absolutely delicious.
If you're not a fan of seafood, you can choose from a wide range of other items, including traditional Welsh cawl or soup, served with local cheese and bread, Welshman's pie or quiche, among other delicacies.
Children's meals are available from £4.75 and there is a variety of cakes from between £1.20 and £3.75, as well as coffees, teas, hot chocolate, and organic Welsh Daioni milk shakes.
At Blas at Fronlas you can sit inside with its wooden tables and tasteful decor, or outside if the weather is fine, either at the front, looking out on to the lane, or in the garden at the back. Blankets are provided in case it gets chilly.
The staff are very friendly – when our waitress saw me looking at my tablet, she sat down beside me and asked which app I had been using for our walking route as she was looking for one suitable for her forthcoming holiday overseas – and the atmosphere is wonderfully relaxed.
Newport in north Pembrokeshire, not to be confused with the much larger Newport near Cardiff, is a lovely, small, seaside town, located between Fishguard and Cardigan, off the A487.