We tried the 'classy' restaurant passed by thousands of A55 drivers every day

Pan-seared, butterflied chicken breast in a panko coconut coating, coriander and lime rice, jalfrezi curry sauce and naan bread
-Credit: (Image: David Powell)


The bell dinged. It was not a sign that the President would see me now but an indication that my jalfrezi was ready. The waiter collected it from the hatch beside the open kitchen at this tasteful restaurant and brought it over.

And what a jalfrezi it was. The version cooked by chefs at the White House in Rhuallt may have differed slightly from the dish at an Indian takeaway, which perhaps might have had more of a curry sauce.

This was more of a cultured stew, with chillis and possibly lentils. Two chicken breasts, well-presented in a criss cross pattern, were tender and cooked to perfection.

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Not only that. They had a delicate, panko coconut coating (Japanese breadcrumbs made from steamed crusts of bread that are processed into flakes and dried, according to Google) which showed some thought had gone into elevating this dish above the norm.

It was rather eye-wateringly spicy but no less tasty for that. And there was always the soft, fresh, circular naan bread and my icy, orange cordial to quench those flames of flavour. A tremendous dish.

White House restaurant in Rhuallt
White House restaurant in Rhuallt -Credit:David Powell

After a few moments to let that go down, I asked for the chocolate cake truffle with honeycomb ice cream, which seemed like a good, cooling contrast to the main course.

The truffle was rich, creamy and filling with a slightly crunchy base. Combined with the ice cream it worked brilliantly and a sprinkling of dried raspberries gave this indulgent and delightful dessert texture and a welcome piquancy.

Just off the A55 at Junction 28 in Denbighshire, the White House restaurant is a modernised (ten years or so ago) upgrade, if that is the right word, on a traditional inn on Holywell Road in Rhuallt. Artistic pictures of the original pub are on the wall at the entrance.

The chocolate truffle cake with honeycomb ice cream was as scrumptious as it sounds
The chocolate truffle cake with honeycomb ice cream was as scrumptious as it sounds -Credit:David Powell

My table was on a raised, crescent-shaped, mezzanine floor, fronted by three angled facades of huge, tinted windows. The result, with the understated tables and chairs, was one of relaxed style.

With a setting and a menu as good as this, if the White House were a presidential candidate, I'd happily give it my vote.

The stylish interior of the White House restaurant in Rhuallt
The stylish interior of the White House restaurant in Rhuallt -Credit:David Powell

The facts

Location: The White House Restaurant, Rooms and Spa, Holywell Road, Rhuallt, Denbighshire, LL17 0AW near Junction 28 off the A55

Food: A cut above the rest

Service: Efficient and helpful

Atmosphere: Spacious and relaxed

Bill: Pan seared, butterflied chicken breast in a panko coconut coating, coriander and lime rice, jalfrezi curry sauce and naan bread (£18.95 gf), Chocolate cake truffle with honeycomb ice cream (£7.95) and orange squash (£1.10). Total: £28.00

Verdict: A must for discerning locals and hungry drivers