The Gallery Coffee Shop, Hawarden
There is a small piece of the Mediterranean, like a little Greek island, to be found in North Wales. I’ll take you there in this edition of Food Quest.
In the village of Hawarden in Flintshire, right there on the Highway, you will find the Gallery Coffee Shop. It’s open daily offering refreshments exactly as you would expect – tea and coffee, breakfasts and lunches in a cosy environment. Once a month, however, the Gallery transforms into a Greek taverna, with all the food and vibrant atmosphere that entails.
I have been to the Greek night at the Gallery on a few occasions. Each time has provided excellent Greek cuisine with the right summer holiday vibe, helped by the music and dancing!
The premises are not licensed, so you will need to take along your alcohol if you wish. That wasn’t a problem for me, as I could easily pick up a few bottles of Mythos from Tesco. Hunt around and you’ll find retsina – Tesco no longer stock it so Lidl is your best bet.
Greek music welcomed us in to the Gallery, and we were soon seated. There wasn’t long to wait before the hors d’oeuvres were served. This began in traditional style with some pitta bread, olives and various dips such as tzatziki and garlic. These were shared enthusiastically amongst our group.
Next up were several meze dishes. On my last visit, this included dolmades (stuffed vine leaves); feta sagnaki, Greek salad and calamari. I’m no fan of squid – on other visits a different option had been offered. However the food was both well prepared and delicious.
The main course has also varied on different visits, with usually a couple of options to choose from. On this last visit I chose chicken with ouzo and cream; this was served with potatoes and vegetables. Again the meal was excellent; combined with the atmosphere I could have been in a Greek taverna enjoying a pleasant holiday evening.
After the food, the fun really gets under way – with table balancing from owner Spiros and plenty of music to dance to! The Gallery really manage to capture the fun of a night in Greece and everyone was happy to let their hair down.
The Gallery Coffee Shop manages to create an enjoyable and authentic Greek night that will liven up anyone’s weekend.
Please be aware though that they are very busy and often booked up months in advance – book your Greek night soon!
Food Quest Test
- Food: No menu as such, but no need to worry as food is both delicious and authentic
- Drink: Not licensed, so take your own
- Service: Excellent
- Environment: You will be magically transported to your own Greek island
- Cost: Very reasonable – no bar bill, plus a full evening’s entertainment
The Gallery Coffee Shop, 10 The Highway, Hawarden CH5 3DH
I can’t find a website for The Gallery, there is a listing on Facebook if you search.