Illtud’s 216 earned several wows during our visit; the first as we passed through the cosy bar into the impressive, high-ceilinged dining room – a 16th-century malthouse transformed by soft lighting, flowing drapes, an eclectic selection of art and a log fire. The other wows were for the food. From a wide selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, I opted for the farmhouse pork pâté followed by fishcakes, chips and peas, while my partner chose dolmades and hummus, served with olives and pitta bread, then a Mediterranean vegetable quiche accompanied by a colourful salad with a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. By this point we were already satisfied but couldn’t resist the apple strudel and custard, and chocolate mousse with mango coulis and raspberry cream in a chocolate basket. Everything was delicious and served by friendly and attentive staff.