Restaurant: Maria @ Picton

The Courtyard and Restaurant  Outside Seating Area

Maria’s Courtyard Restaurant at Picton Castle is the ideal place for a tasty lunchtime or afternoon indulgence. The Restaurant, Shop and Deli is open all year round.

 Follow this link for a full list of special events.

Reservations for evening events is essential: 
Tel: 01437 751346
E-Mail: pictoncastlerestaurant@hotmail.co.uk

When the Castle and Garden are open to the public (from 19 March to 31 October 2016) the Restaurant and Deli will be open on a daily basis. Please note that normal  Garden admission fees are payable until 5.00pm. 

WINTER OPENING

From 1 November 2016, and with the exception of 19 and 20 November when we are holding our Victorian Christmas Fair, the Castle, Shop and Galleries will be closed throughout the winter months, however the grounds remain open and Maria’s@Picton, our fully licensed bistro-style Restaurant and Deli will be open Thursday – Sunday inclusive 10.30 am till 4.00pm and, with the exception of private functions, for Tapas Nights on Fridays.

The Restaurant and Deli will close from 19 December 2016 and will re-open on 1 March 2017

The Castle, Shop and Galleries will be closed from 31 October 2016 and will re-open on 1 April 2017 from 9.00am – 5.00pm

During the winter months when the Castle is closed, you are still able to enjoy our wonderful gardens. There is an Honesty Box for donations which help us to maintain this glorious place.

Our menu changes seasonally, using local produce where possible, to create a superb selection of dishes. All food is prepared fresh to order. If you have any special dietary requirements please speak to our staff and any dish will be altered to your needs.

The fully licensed ‘bistro’ style restaurant has table service, with plenty of seating inside and out. Reservations are not normally taken during the busy summer or Bank Holiday periods, but can be made at other times – please call for more details.

The Restaurant was extended about 18 months ago to include seating in an atmospheric ‘wine cellar’ kept cosy by a wood-burning fire, and also includes a fully stocked deli counter and shop. In addition to its regular daytime indulgences of coffee, cakes, winter warmers and light lunches,  Maria’s Sunday Lunches ‘with a Mediterranean twist’ and her Friday night ‘Tapas Time’ are a speciality. Tapas, originated in the south of Spain, with the word ‘tapa’ meaning ‘cover’ – when a cover of bread or cheese would be placed over your glass of wine to stop the fruit flies getting in!

Take a brisk morning walk, or gentle afternoon stroll around the ever changing beautiful grounds of Picton Castle and then head into the restaurant to warm up with a hot cappuccino – or really treat yourself with a traditional thick Spanish hot chocolate and churros. Lunches will be served from 12.00 – 3.00pm, with hearty soups, pies, Panini’s, Tapas and daily specials.

The Deli and Shop The new Deli and shop, which is already busy preparing orders for Christmas Hampers, has a wide range of products to help recreate the Spanish feel at home, stocking deli meats such as Serrano Ham, French Saucisson, Chorizo (and cooking chorizo) and Morcilla (black pudding) along with Welsh and Spanish cheeses, olives and olive oils, Spanish wines, coffees and Maria’s homemade chutneys/preserved lemons/chilli jam – plus an essential piece of equipment for that most famous of Spanish dishes…the Paella Pan!

The Picnic Box Maria’s@Picton is happy to announce that their delightful new shop, The Picnic Box, is now open! Situated right next door to the restaurant you can now purchase take away tea, coffee, hot chocolate, wines and beers, salad boxes, bagels, baras, sandwiches, ice cream and cold drinks! The Picnic Box was opened this year to help reduce your wait with the ever growing crowds that come to visit the Castle, Gardens and events that we hold. Picnic boxes can also be pre-ordered to take with you on your adventures around the gardens – Maria and her friendly staff will also be more than happy to cater for allergies and intolerances.

Friday nights are ‘Tapas Time’ so gather your friends and family and book a table for our popular Friday night tapas and start the weekend the Spanish way with excellent food and company.  (Pre-booking only, tables from 5pm – 7.30pm) Follow this link for more details.

Whether you come for Tapas or a private function, the newly refurbished restaurant uses the finest ingredients and provides a great atmosphere!

Sunday Lunches with a Mediterranean twist will be served from 12.00pm – 2.00pm throughout the winter.

Private Parties For bookings of 12 or more people, we would be happy to accommodate your private party any evening of the week.  We can tailor a menu to suit you or you can choose one of our set tapas menus. Please contact us for more information.

Christmas Parties  Looking for somewhere and something different to the usual Christmas party? Head on over to Maria’s where her team will cater for your party from 12 to 50 people.  We have three menus to choose from including a Christmas Buffet, a 6 Course Christmas Tapas Menu or a  3_Course Xmas Meal 2015 which are available from December 1 – 22.  You might also like to consider our Trust In Us Menu which is available any time for groups of 12 or more. Whatever your needs, we’re sure you will find the perfect menu for you, but if not, our team will create one to suit your requirements!

The new 'Wine Cellar' with a valuted ceiling and wood burning fire provides the perfect atmosphere for Christmas parties or cosy lunches

The new ‘Wine Cellar’ with a valuted ceiling and wood burning fire provides the perfect atmosphere for Christmas parties or cosy lunches

Outside Catering Yes we do that too! So if you’re planning a party or event and need catering then do speak to us and we can tailor a menu to suit your requirements.

Tapas Parties In Your Own Home Do you want to hold a tapas evening at your home? Why not let us do all the hard work for you? Give us 48 hours notice and we will prepare a delicious selection of tapas of your choice and have it ready for you to collect to heat up in your own home.

Our Friday Night Tapas Evenings take place throughout the year. Follow this link for more details.

Freshly prepared tortillas, quiches and frittatas Just give us 24 hours notice and we can freshly  prepare for your collection!

Are You A Season Ticket Holder? Then you will receive a 10% discount on all restaurant purchases during the winter months on production of your pass. (We regret, discount does not apply to shop/deli purchases)

Keeping Up to Date with Restaurant Events and Offers
Drop us an email, or when next in the restaurant, leave your email address and we will add you to our mailing list so that you will be the first to hear about what’s on and any special events.

Reservations for evening events is essential – call 01437 751346 

L to R: Amy Gill, Ben Whitfield, Maria Grimwood, Pippa Thomas and Ben Lewis

L to R: Amy Gill, Ben Whitfield, Maria Grimwood, Pippa Thomas and Ben
Lewis

 A FASCINATING BACKGROUND…

Casa Maria the popular Cafe, Restaurant and Delicatessen in Haverfordwest relocated to Picton Castle & Gardens in September 2014 to embark on a new culinary adventure

Maria Grimwood, who designed and cooked a 3 course lunch menu for the Royal visit to Picton Castle in the early summer 0f 2014, has run the Courtyard Restaurant at Picton for 15 years alongside Casa Maria, and will now devote all her time to the Restaurant at Picton – which has been totally refurbished to include a Shop and Deli Counter and has be re-named Marias@Picton.

Maria, who is from a small town in Spain, is a passionate lover of food . “I have lived in this country for so many years but I am happy to say I have never lost my appetite for good Spanish food… I make authentic, rustic dishes, not fancy or decorative; only glorious food, cooked with love and drunk with great Spanish wine.”

Catering for events and weddings at Picton is nothing new for Maria – and she is somewhat of a TV celebrity too, having cooked a traditional Spanish dish for Celebrity Chef Nigel Slater on BBC1 in the summer of 2015!

Reservations for evening events is essential – call 01437 751346 

During the winter months when the Castle and Gardens are closed, there is an Honesty Box donations system in use if you decide to enjoy the Gardens before or after your visit.

Our Winter Opening Hours for 2016 will be announced in October, but typically will be Wednesday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.30pm.

Our Friday Night Tapas Evenings take place throughout the year. Follow this link for more details.