Magical Mystery Fairylight Lunch At The Marram Grass

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The reason we were on bleak and windswept Newborough Beach on the last Sunday of December (being unexpectedly wowed by intrepid kiteboarders) was because we thought we should work up an appetite before lunch. And no ordinary lunch either. Sister Jo had booked it weeks before – at the Marram Grass – a little beach shack eatery that has become a legend not only on the island of Anglesey, but far beyond.

To say the premises are unassuming is an understatement. It truly is a large shed –  and that’s how it began. Nine years ago, when two young men – Liam (newly graduated surveyor) and Ellis (self-taught chef) Barrie came to help their parents set up a small caravan park, it was an old potting shed. And from it grew a thriving enterprise whose raison d’etre is to serve freshly made food that highlights local and seasonal produce, much of it home-grown.

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They’ve won awards. And so they should. We stepped out of the freezing wind and into an all-round glow. We sat in our cosy booth as the afternoon grew darker, ‘50s tracks on the sound system, low hum of chatter beyond, and a complete unknowing of what we would eat. There was no menu.  All depended on what the chef had decided to cook, and so instead of feeling like run-of-the-mill clients, we became guests. And it made me think that there was nothing more blissful on a dreary winter’s afternoon than a long, slow Sunday lunch, impeccably created and presented with love.

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January Light #7

31 thoughts on “Magical Mystery Fairylight Lunch At The Marram Grass

    1. Beetroot soup with a goat’s cheese sprinkle; home grown roast pork and veg; and an extraordinary rhubarb trifle creation. Lots of simple ingredients creatively concocted. Happy New year to you too, Brian.

      1. A humble thing rhubarb – but magic can be made of it – surprisingly when combined with strawberries; or made into a jelly. Needs to be a good variety though.

    1. It’s much more a continental approach, isn’t the family restaurant that serves what it does best. I get frustrated with eating places that think they need a HUGE menu.

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