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Summary

£436
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Was it expensive, yes. Was it challenging, yes. Was it worth it, YES!” Gareth Ward’s famous matt-black painted mansion in the mists of mid-Wales isn’t one of the nation’s most expensive culinary pilgrimages for nothing, and fans of its maximalist style – complete with loud music and no end of restaurant ‘theatre’ – say that even if its 20-30 course menus are “a bit too protein-centric” (to be fair, the website does say they claim to be ‘protein-obsessed’) that “you can’t fault the cooking or the passion” that drives “an incredible all-round experience” hailed by some as “the best in the UK”. It still gets the thumbs up from a majority of reporters, but – as its prices have ballooned over its 10 years in operation – doubts have crept in and there’s a significant minority for whom it risks becoming “pretentious and overpriced”. (“It used to be exceptional, but IMHO has now jumped the shark with loud music, arrogant service, and stratospheric prices detracting greatly from its outstanding and interesting cooking…”; “It used to be a favourite of ours but is now more like a boot camp. Arrive when told, dine when told, leave when told… and all at a cost far greater than many Michelin star restaurants in Mayfair!”)

Summary

£430
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“There’s nowhere quite like it!". – A middle-of-nowhere mid-Wales location only adds to the mystique surrounding Gareth Ward’s renowned country house hotel, whose (as predicted in our last guide) promotion to two Michelin stars reflects its current position as a major ‘darling’ of the UK fooderati. It’s hard not to be impressed by such a rapid rise to fame while charging £350 per head in the heart of the distant countryside. ‘Ingredient-led, flavour-driven, fat-fuelled, meat-obsessed’ is its motto and many diners remain “absolutely blown away by a meal here” and the 20–30 courses of “mind bending flavours” created by “a fantastic team performance” that provides “pure theatre”. Even fans, though, are starting to feel that “success has slightly gone to their heads” and even many who feel the food is “regally good” think it risks becoming “ridiculously overpriced” (with almost 1 in 3 reporters now nominating the place as their most overpriced experience of the year). And while it’s not like the place hides its maximalist, macho tendencies, these can also be a mixed blessing. (“Yes the food is amazing, flavours just jump out at you. But it is all so intense, dish after dish, 32 in all. The atmosphere is like a live performance and by the end you can’t cope and sit in a dazed stupor. It’s fun, but too intense and too alpha male”).

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”.

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Eglwys Fach, SY20 8TA

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20
9+

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Craig H
Food is just ridiculously good. There's a f...
Reviewed 11 months, 1 day ago

"Food is just ridiculously good. There's a few dishes that we didn't like as much, but that's personal taste (for me, 2 of the 3 wagyu courses I could have done without, but I'm not a huge fan of wagyu), but when you get 30 dishes you expect that. Yes it's ridiculously expensive, but treat yourself and give it a go. If you go with the right attitude you'll be blown away. "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 350.00 Dinner only 20
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £50.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
Eglwys Fach, SY20 8TA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5:15 pm‑10:15 pm
Wednesday5:15 pm‑10:15 pm
Thursday5:15 pm‑10:15 pm
Friday5:15 pm‑10:15 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

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