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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

There’s no overlooking the gorgeous setting of this lavish Dee valley Relais & Chateaux country house hotel – owned by the UK’s richest man, the Duke of Westminster in the 1950s and 1960s. Chef Gareth Stevenson produces a short à la carte alongside some “exceptional” tasting menus (five courses for £70, eight for £90), all with very careful sourcing and “the impression of impressive attention to detail”.


Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The main draw is the setting (a sumptuous Victorian mansion house in beautiful grounds in the Dee valley) but the food (fine dining without pretension) comes a very close second” at this luxurious five-star property (once owned by the Duke of Westminster), near Bala. Chef Gareth Stevenson’s produces a short à la carte (focussing on quality protein) as well six-course and ten-course tasting options.


Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Limited but ecstatic feedback on this “lovely” Victorian pile, on the edge of Snowdonia (once owned by the Duke of Westminster), where the dining room was initially “under the aegis of Michael Caines”: Gareth Stevenson’s cuisine is “delicious and beautifully presented, and though portions look small they prove fully satisfying: well worth the journey to a remote location”.

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Owner's description

Palé Hall is a beautifully appointed, destination country house hotel with a fine dining restaurant – open to non-residents – created in association with Michelin-star chef Michael Caines, with signature dishes realised by our own head chef Gareth Stevenson.

Palé Hall is a destination for quiet retreat, comfort and culinary indulgence. Situated in the tranquil Dee valley this grand, historic, high Victorian mansion has an idyllic woodland garden rolling down to the banks of the river. The spectacular Snowdonia National Park is on our doorstep.

The hotel features eighteen luxurious, individually styled bedrooms with sumptuous décor, each with a beautifully appointed bathroom.

Expect to enjoy exceptional standards of service in a friendly, informal and relaxing atmosphere.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.


Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £25.00
SundayLunch   £32.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 70.00 D only 6
Menu2 90.00 D only 10

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.00 £28.00 £5.00 £15.00
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £7.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

No trainers

The chef

We have been very fortunate in the appointment of Gareth Stevenson as our Head Chef. Gareth was already experienced, capable and accomplished when he joined us, but since taking the helm at Palé Hall he has truly established his credentials as a rising star. Originally mentored by our adviser Michael Caines, like all great chefs Gareth’s food has evolved to become an expression of his own unique vision, creativity and skill, consistently winning praise and acclaim from our guests and reviewers alike. The exquisite creations that emerge from his kitchen form the culinary foundations of the Palé Hall experience.

Building relationships with local farmers, growers, fishermen, food producers and suppliers means that the menus at Palé Hall allow you to discover some of the finest food from our region, always fresh, seasonal, naturally delicious and, of course, responsibly, humanely and organically produced.

Private dining

With three different dining rooms we can offer private dining to suit most occasions. You can sit and plan your menu with our chef, pick your wines with our sommelier and allow our team to make that special occasion perfect.

The Library is suited for the small and intimate occasion. Seating from two to ten, renovated and decorated by Angela herself, rich stencils, book lined walls and an open fire make this a warm and welcoming space.

Venice is a room transformed from the original kitchen, complete with the original range but now an elegant room with a theatrical Venetian theme. This room can seat up to eighteen as a private dining space. With its crystal chandeliers, Venetian mirrors and antique copper glowing, it’s a magical room.

The Henry Robertson Dining Room can be booked for larger private functions and seats forty comfortably in banquet style. With its ornate plaster ceilings, grand fireplace and carved buffet, this room was designed to impress and is the perfect place for a wedding buffet, a corporate lunch, or a large family gathering.

Pale Estate, Llandderfel, Bala, LL23 7PS
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm

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