Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Dolgellau
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Dolgellau restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 3 restaurants in Dolgellau and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Dolgellau restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Portmeirion Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Portmeirion
“An incredible setting in the remarkable village of Portmeirion” (built, over five decades, in Mediterranean style by the late Clough William-Ellis) adds to the occasion at this “delightfully situated hotel”, “with views across the estuary to the mountains”. Ratings are not yet back to the stellar highs of ten-plus years ago, but the food is well received, with “exceptional presentation” in particular. “Sunday lunch is particularly good”… “with a window seat, or outside if sunny, followed by a stroll through the gardens: what could be nicer!". Top Tip – “Superb afternoon tea. You will not need to eat again that day. An inventive spread of sandwiches, cakes and scones are beautifully presented; and a wide range of teas too”.
2. Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms British, Modern restaurant in Eglwys Fach
“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”).
3. Gwen British, Modern restaurant in Machynlleth 21 Heol Maengwyn - SY20
Ynyshir chef Gareth Ward has opened this wine bar / restaurant, named after his mother, to offer a more affordable taste of Ynyshir; head chef Corrin Harrison will be cooking 10-course meals for just eight diners. There are also plans to open a pizzeria next door, using a pizza oven bought from fellow-chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias following the closure of his Pi Shop in Bristol. Opened March 2023.
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