Watson’s was something of a find. And I mean that almost literally. Tucked away at the end of a yard, behind other properties and away from Conwy’s main drag, you’re unlikely to stumble across the restaurant by accident. In our case, Google was our friend in helping us to find somewhere to eat in town.
It’s one of those places that most folk are going to enjoy. A short menu of dishes that you really want to eat. The sort of food that many good home cooks are likely to boast that they could cook it just as well – but they really know they couldn’t.
Roasted tomato soup did exactly what it said on the tin. Except there’s no tin involved. At least, if there is, it’s a really good product. But this tasted like someone had roasted tomatoes and then made soup with them. A drizzle of olive oil and a scattering of croutons finished it off. A smoked haddock fishcake smelt and tasted of the fish but was a bit gloopy in texture. It sat on some salad leaves and there’s a cheffy smear of aioli to dunk it in.
Main courses were just the sort of generous plates you want to eat on a chilly October night. Lamb (or, as we’re in Wales, should that be llamb) rump was nicely pink. Mashed potatoes were pretty much potatoes mashed – none of the overly sloppy here. And it comes with an array of veg including broccoli, kale, lightly pickled and sweetened red cabbage and punchmep. I had to ask about the latter and was told that it was carrot and swede mashed with fenugreek (must be their own name as Google hits bring you to the restaurant).
From the specials board came very long cooked beef featherblade, breaking into shreds at the touch of a fork. The same veg as before but my companion in life swapped the mash for sauté potatoes.
We’d been very well fed – too well to contemplate dessert, so we just ordered coffee. It was fine but only lukewarm.