RestaurantsPowysEglwys FachSY20

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Summary

£335
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An incredible dining experience” and “one-off”: Gareth Ward’s vibey country-house hotel is stuck out in the “back of beyond”“a gorgeous location in coastal Mid-Wales”“but certainly ‘vaut le detour’… and then some”. Indeed, there is a buzz about the place which esteems it in the eye of foodies as one of the UK’s main gastronomic ‘players’ (and its widely thought to be “overdue a second Michelin star”). ‘Ingredient-led, flavour-driven, fat-fuelled, meat-obsessed’ is the promise of the website. The resulting tasting menu is “an eye-opening education in tastes and culinary skill, introduced by the chef himself, almost all sourced from the surrounding countryside: conversation-stopping food!” And it’s all backed up by a “personable staff and management” who create a “wonderful vibe” (of a determinedly non-traditional nature). Just one thing. At £300 per head, it’s decidedly “not cheap”… a fact that causes gripes even amongst some ardent fans.

Summary

£172
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Most exciting food is served to the beat of The Prodigy and The National” at Gareth Ward’s “small but super-comfy country house hotel in the wild, wild west of Wales”: “a very different and accomplished” experience, whose many fans say is “well worth the (extensive) detour”: “some of the best dishes I have eaten from a tasting menu of 20 plates in a chilled space with great staff, banter, and fun”. Prices are high, though, and its funky approach including the “sonic assault” of the soundtrack mean that even those who praise “astonishing and inspired” cuisine can be in two minds about (or occasionally dead set against) it: “I quite like hip hop and do think the servers should have a good time, but this is a bit like having an expensive and romantic meal in a room that has been taken over by teenagers”.

Summary

£172
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Most exciting food is served to the beat of The Prodigy and The National” at Gareth Ward’s “small but super-comfy country house hotel in the wild, wild west of Wales”: “a very different and accomplished” experience, whose many fans say is “well worth the (extensive) detour”: “some of the best dishes I have eaten from a tasting menu of 20 plates in a chilled space with great staff, banter, and fun”. Prices are high, though, and its funky approach including the “sonic assault” of the soundtrack mean that even those who praise “astonishing and inspired” cuisine can be in two minds about (or occasionally dead set against) it: “I quite like hip hop and do think the servers should have a good time, but this is a bit like having an expensive and romantic meal in a room that has been taken over by teenagers”.

Summary

£139
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Ynyshir is incredible: something totally unique and somewhere the whole of Wales should be proud of”, according to fans (that is to say just about everyone) who report on Gareth Ward’s “exquisite” cuisine at this “beautifully situated” house (next to an RSPB reserve, and whose history includes having been owned by Queen Victoria). “An exceptional 18-course tasting menu was unlike any other dining experience. Each course is presented at the table by one of the chefs and thoughtfully introduced. Each mouthful is intensely flavoured, often with nostalgic aromas of childhood seaside holidays, or rhubarb and custard boiled sweets. The cooking shows incredible skill, dedication and careful sourcing of local and foraged ingredients”.

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Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms Restaurant in SY20, Eglwys Fach by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms restaurant.
Katie J
Yes the food is amazing, flavours jump out ...
Reviewed 10 months, 22 days ago

"Yes the food is amazing, flavours jump out at you on this asian influenced menu. For me though it was all too intense, dish after dish, 32 in all, by the end I just couldn't cope and sat in a dazed stupor. The atmosphere is like sitting in a theatre and watching a live performance. It was fun but too intense and too alpha male, no females in sight."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 300.00 Always available 20
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £45.00
Filter Coffee £12.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Eglwys Fach, SY20 8TA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday5 pm‑11 pm
Thursday5 pm‑11 pm
Friday5 pm‑11 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

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