Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Powys
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Powys restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 27 restaurants in Powys and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Powys restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms British, Modern restaurant in Eglwys Fach
“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”.
2. Llangoed Hall British, Modern restaurant in Llyswen
This “real country house hotel” provides lashings of “old-fashioned romance in a beautiful setting”. Long “a lovely place to stay and eat”, its culinary reputation has soared in recent years with chef Nick Brodie’s “delightful” cooking, enjoyed in the evening from a six-course (£60) or nine-course (£90) tasting menu.
3. The Felin Fach Griffin British, Modern restaurant in Brecon Felin Fach - LD3
“London food at Welsh prices” and a “great ambiance” (it’s set in a former cider mill) are the main draws to this veteran gastroboozer, praised for maintaining “consistently high standards year in, year out”.
4. Upper Rectory French restaurant in Welshpool Berriew - SY21
“Set in the chef/owner’s own home – which is a beautiful old black and white house, full of character and charm” in “a pretty village set in rural Welsh countryside” – Kerry Huber’s “small, French-themed spot” offers “a fabulous seven-course tasting menu” (£32.95) that’s “beautifully presented and cooked and served in a very intimate dining room reminiscent of that in a Jane Austen novel! Superb value for money too”.
5. Pysgoty Fish & seafood restaurant in Aberystwyth The Harbour, South Promenade - SY23
“A revelation – what a wonderful find”: this “ridiculously small” seaside restaurant (“book well ahead”) delivers “excellent fresh fish”. “I felt I was on the coast in New England…” rather than in converted toilets (albeit glam Art Deco ones) in mid-Wales!
6. Gwesty Cymru British, Traditional restaurant in Aberystwyth 19 Marine Terrace - SY23
“Proper Welsh cooking” takes pride of place at this “really enjoyable” restaurant in a smart little hotel overlooking Cardigan Bay from the Victorian promenade.
7. Ultracomida Mediterranean restaurant in Aberystwyth 31 Pier St - SY23
It’s “a bit cramped”, admittedly – you sit on stools or round a shared table in the rear of a deli – “but the food is always reliably good and the wine list both excellent and reasonably priced” at this tapas joint and Spanish wine merchant. The owners have two other outposts: a Narberth spin-off, and Basque café/bar, Curado Bar, in Cardiff city-centre.
8. Checkers Pantry French restaurant in Montgomery Broad St, Powys - SY15
2019 Review: After eighteen years, the Shropshire and Mid-Wales region has lost its last star – or handed it back, after Checkers chef Stéphane Borie opted to focus on private clients. Under the aegis of his wife Sarah Francis and her co-owner sister Kathryn, a more casual breakfast and lunch spot, Checkers Pantry, was due to open in November 2018; it was too early for a rating as we went to press.
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Eglwys Fach British, Modern £172
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