Who would have thought that a local holiday park would have a restaurant that is open to the public and not just for those staying on site, well The Galley at Sunnyvale Holiday Park in Rhyl is that place.

The Galley Restaurant is part of The Chester Variety Club that is at the entrance to Sunnyvale, opposite the Rhyl Harbour and the Pont y Ddraig bridge.

With its charming, cheery and bright décor, The Galley has a very nautical theme, with ships port holes in the doors, wood panelling that resembles ships decking and other subtle touches that fit in lovely with the harbour feel to the restaurant.

The food is locally sourced ingredients cooked by fully trained food specialists and ranges from light bites to Al a carte menus, there’s something for everyone to choose from.

The Galley Restaurant – Review

On arrival to The Galley we were taken to a table, which we could also choose from if we so wished, the young waitress was very polite and helpful, she led us to our seats and then proceeded to bring over the menus for us to select our meals.

As I mentioned earlier, the restaurant does have that nautical feel, so does the food but not all of it, at the time of visiting The Galley Restaurant menu was in a stage of going through a change, but as it was a Sunday, I opted for a Sunday Roast Beef dinner, with starter and dessert.

Galley Restaurant Starter

From choice starters I opted for the Garlic Mushrooms, something I have a hankering for, it wasn’t long before the starter arrived. The Garlic Mushrooms were lightly fried with a crisp crumb coating, that although was lovely and crispy, they still melted in my mouth. Included with the mushrooms was a rather delicious garlic Mayo dip that had a lovely thick texture that accompanied the mushrooms to perfection.

On the side of the plate was a crisp, fresh, salad with a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar which brought out the taste of the salad, giving it that taste of somewhere further afield than good old Rhyl.

What a way to start the meal, the starter in itself was a delightful pre-cursor to what was to come along for the main meal.

I have to say that it has been a while since I’ve had a Sunday Roast Dinner, these days with all the rushing around, I very rarely get the chance to sit down and enjoy one, so how could I resist from opting for one from The Galley Restaurant.

The portions are by no means measly, the plates that the main meal is served on was a nice size. The roast beef dinner had all the trimmings that you would expect, mash potato, roast potatoes, broccoli, carrots, a nicely sized Yorkshire pudding, gravy and of course the beef.

Galley Restaurant Main Meal

The beef was so tasty, I was told by the cook that it had been slow roasted to keep its tenderness and taste, boy did it keep its taste. The ample sized slice of beef was how my Gran used to make it on a Sunday, with that slight chew but softness still there, so that you can place a piece on your tongue and just let the flavours just trickle around you palate to give your taste buds the time to appreciate the time taken to cook the beef to perfection.

The roast potatoes weren’t greasy, they were fluffy in the inside and nicely browned on the outside, not crispy or over cooked. I’m not sure but they did taste like they drizzled them in the fat from the beef while they were cooking to give them that beefy taste that worked well with the beef and the gravy.

The carrots and broccoli weren’t soggy as you get in most restaurants these days, they were soft with a “bite”, just how I like my veg.

Add to the meal the inclusion of some horse-radish sauce, that was thick with a rustic texture and a rather fiery taste, and the main meal was complete.

Wow, what a meal, stuffed was an understatement, but there was one more thing left to do, dessert!

Galley Restaurant Dessert

Opting for a chocolate dessert with cream and ice-cream was the only thing to do, the dessert was not over the top with the chocolate taste and it wasn’t a tiny portion either, the challenge would be to get the dessert eaten, special after very generous portions for the starter and main meal, but hey I managed it.

The Galley – Good Food

The restaurant is now on my list of one of my favourite places to eat, not many know that The Galley is open to the public and not just to those that are stopping in the Sunnyvale Holiday Park, the same goes for their club, The Chester Variety Club, but it is worth popping in and trying out their food, they have a great choice of meals to choose from including a rather succulent rib eye steak, fish based dishes and poultry dishes all at very good value for money.

They also have a licensed bar, so you can enjoy you meal with a beverage of you choice and yes that does include coffee or tea.

With friendly staff, great atmosphere and food that is a joy to eat, I would have to say that The Galley Restaurant is a little hidden gem on the North Wales coast and it is certainly a place that I’ll be going to more often for my meals out.

You can find out more details, such as opening times and special offers, over at The Galley’s Facebook page.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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