Epicure has quickly established itself as a firm fixture of Celtic Manor’s impressive identity. The interior of this fine dining restaurant exudes luxury from the top of the dazzling chandeliers all the way to the polished walnut floor. A visit to Epicure is an utterly sleek and stylish affair: velvet chairs, crisp white tablecloths and candles ooze sophistication.
We began with glasses of wine at the bar, while quiet chatter and jazz music tinkled in the background. We then made our way to the restaurant, where fresh bread with cep-infused butter and salt, and parsley velouté kept our hunger at bay before starters of scallops, and Cornish lobster and salmon ravioli with tomato, vanilla and feta arrived. Our main course was equally impressive, comprising sea bass paired with courgette, confit peppers and aubergine, and delicately arranged beef fillet accompanied by salsify, shallot mash and pied bleu. After a delectable pre-dessert we tucked into our final course. My partner’s cheesecake with mandarin, black sesame and bitter lime proved an excellent finale. My chocolate tart was partnered with tonka bean ice cream, pistachios and gold leaf, and was a sweet triumph, while the accompanying glass of vintage fortified shiraz was as smooth as the attentive yet discreet service. There’s no two ways about it; it was an epic evening to remember.