British, Modern Restaurants in Gwynedd
1. Portmeirion Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Portmeirion
This intriguing Art Deco hotel dining room with “amazing views” has long been a major attraction of the famous Mediterranean-style village in the Welsh countryside, dreamt up in the early twentieth century by architect Clough Williams-Ellis. The food has been less reliable in recent times, but “over the past couple of years, the menu has improved dramatically”, and the kitchen is starting to recover the “fabulous” form that for so long made the venue a “must-do experience in this part of the world”.
2. Sosban & The Old Butcher's British, Modern restaurant in Menai Bridge 1 High St, Menai Bridge - LL59
Stephen & Bethan Stevens’s converted butcher’s shop is the “best in North Wales” – (surprise) menus morph daily to take account of supply, so “you get what is on offer – all local and fresh”, and uniformly “terrific”. Top Tip – “booking is a MUST, as it may be months before a table becomes available”.
3. Pale Hall Hotel Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Bala Pale Estate, Llandderfel - LL23
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”.
4. Dylan's Restaurant Fish & seafood restaurant in Menai Bridge St George's Road - LL59
“Excellent views” of the Menai Straits through its large, floor-to-ceiling windows are a defining feature of this modern, timber-clad café by the water (which also has spin-offs in Criccieth and Llandudno). Seafood dishes are served alongside more everyday staples like pizza, but while some reports praise the overall quality of the offering, others are less certain: “is it because everywhere else on Anglesey (apart from Sosban) is so mediocre that we all love Dylan’s?”
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