Swansea has never featured on my bucket list of places to explore. My daughter however had Swansea as her first choice for Uni so this weekend we paid our first extended visit. Firstly on collecting a starving child we checked in to the Marriott. Probably not my choice next time to stay there as quite tired, coupled with a large Wedding party who seemed to have monopolised the place. Kudos to their stamina though, dancing from 5pm until Lordy knows when! We dropped our belongings off and had a wander. Location fabulous, as you leave the back of the hotel, stunning beaches to wander for ever on. We were recommended two great eateries by Michelle on guest relations, the first, we had dinner at Bouchon de Rossi which was just a ten minute stroll away from the Hotel. I loved the ambience and the menu and chose Langoustine Thermidor and a Fillet au poivre. Both my dishes were cooked to perfection, tasty and hit the spot. Service was a little intimidating and not as fluffy as I would have liked however Wine was lovely – a sublime example of a buttery and elegant Viognier. I slept not too badly considering the Wedding guests were still knocking around at 4.30am, then I guess the empty booze bottles had to be emptied somewhere, sadly for us it happened way too early on a Sunday morning and directly under our bedroom. Untederred, we had breakfast before wandering off to the Mumbles for a bracing walk. Wow, what a spectacular place, absolutely stunning coastline and sandy beaches coupled with fish and chip air, rows of beach huts where families were taking in one of the last sunny days before Winter. We opted for lunch at Langlands Brasserie. What a tremendously busy and fabulous place. Now sitting firmly as one of my favourite dining spots. The Sunday Lunch menu was extremely well executed and priced, service was really excellent considering the volume of people to serve. My Moules, Bouillabaisse washed down with a good ol Gavi were just the ticket. I cannot wait to return to pick up the daughter for Christmas, just need to find a good local Boutique Guesthouse to frequent for the next four years sporadically. The Langland Cove B&B looks promising……..