Restaurant review: Terry M Fine Dining at the Celtic Manor Resort – Newport, South Wales

No matter how many times I visit the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, I’m always filled with awe when I step inside. With two intricately-carved wooden dragons and a pair of life size trees, the entrance foyer is breathtakingly beautiful.

Tucked away towards the left of the entrance, the Terry M restaurant is easy to miss, but this flagship fine dining venue has garnered a strong reputation for its award-winning food and drink, with 3 AA Rosettes to its name. One of six restaurants owned by the Celtic Manor Resort, Terry M (formerly known as the Crown at Celtic Manor) is named after the resort’s Chairman, Terry Matthews.

A quick glance around Terry M reveals all the hallmarks of a typical fine dining restaurant, from the white linen tablecloths and the white crockery, to the cream leather seating and the crystal-drop chandeliers – even a private dining room. 
Embracing seasonality with a strong focus on locally sourced produce, the menu includes à la carte lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch options alongside a seemingly-never ending wine list. Prices generally fall at the higher end of the scale but if you’re watching the pennies, Terry M offers a more moderately priced express lunch menu, with a choice of two or three courses starting from £15.95 excluding wine, or from £22.95 including half a bottle of wine. Similarly, evening guests dining as couples or as groups can enjoy an extravagant six course tasting menu for £70 per person.
Opting for the three-course express lunch menu inclusive of wine (£31.95), I begin with the smoked salmon mi-cuit with globe artichokes and asparagus cream. Dressed with fresh dill and parsley and nestled amongst a salad of baby potatoes and peppery radishes, the salmon tastes deliciously fragrant and is so tender that it literally falls apart in my mouth.   

Salmon with potato and radish salad
For my main course, I choose the duo of Welsh beef with Jersey Royals and wild garlic. The dish includes a generous serving of thickly sliced rare beef, served with basted baby potatoes and wild mushrooms in a rich gravy.  The portion looks pretty small, but it’s surprisingly filling and the garlic isn’t too overpowering.
Welsh beef with wild mushrooms
The waiter kindly recommends the chocolate fondant for dessert but I can’t resist the honey parfait with citrus salad and caramelised almonds, and I’m not disappointed. A perfectly shaped cone of creamy honey parfait ice cream is coated in tiny fragments of almond, served with candied grapefruit and orange segments – a great way to round off what has been a truly fantastic meal.
Honey parfait
Although Terry M isn’t the cheapest fine dining venue I’ve been to, it’s worth every penny – the food looks and tastes amazing, the service is attentive and the atmosphere is relaxing. I highly recommend Terry M as a fine dining restaurant  – you won’t be disappointed!
Terry M Fine Dining
The Celtic Manor Resort
Coldra Woods
The Usk Valley
South Wales
NP18 1HQ
01633 410 262

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