Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Powys
Hardens guides have spent 15 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.
Featured Powys Restaurants
Fish & seafood restaurant in Aberystwyth
The Harbour, South Promenade - SY23
“Situated on the harbour front and directly facing a beautiful sea vista”, this “small and intimate” gem is “amusingly located in a converted art deco public toilet but the ambience is more that of a Californian beach shack – especially in summer when you eat outside on a sail-covered deck”. To eat: “essentially fish and seafood that’s simply but beautifully cooked”.
French restaurant in Montgomery
Broad St, Powys - SY15
“Traditional and classic French cuisine with wonderful twists and flavour marriages” justify the pilgrimage to the Welsh outback for the many loyal fans of Stéphane Borie & Sarah Francis’s 17th-century inn on the town square – a “peaceful and private” escape with five rooms.
Mediterranean restaurant in Aberystwyth
31 Pier St - SY23
A relaxed Spaniard of some renown for its “well-prepared, tasty tapas”, and whose owners are also “working to bring an imaginative range of Spanish wines (especially reds) onto its list”. Downside? The back-of-deli seating – high stools or a communal table – can make it feel “a bit cramped”.
. Carlton Riverside
British, Modern restaurant in Llanwrtyd Wells
Irfon Cr - LD5
There’s a consensus that, while the new regime is “trying hard” the cooking at this famed riverside mid-Wales inn has become “less adventurous” since the exit of Alan & Mary Ann Gilchrist (“maybe they think that’s what the local market is looking for”); that said, their protégé Luke Roberts’ food is “still exceptionally well-cooked” and it “remains a great stalwart in these parts”.
. Pen y Cae Inn
British, Modern restaurant in Pen Y Cae
Brecon Rd - SA9
2016 Review: This restaurant and gallery (with rooms), in a smartly converted former pub, is a solid all-rounder offering “consistently good” food and “friendly service”; “remember to check out the owners’ aviaries (plus meerkats, wallabies etc.) at the back of the pub”!
. St Johns Place
British, Modern restaurant in Hay On Wye
St. John’s Chapel & Meeting Rooms, Lion Street, - HR3
2017 Review: “Only open part of the week, but worth the wait” – this café in an old chapel provides “a small, well-considered, weekly-changing menu, with good imaginative combos”.
. Gwesty Cymru
British, Traditional restaurant in Aberystwyth
19 Marine Terrace - SY23
2016 Review: It’s “one of the better venues in the area”, but despite solid ratings this boutique-y seafront hotel inspired the odd disappointment this year, not helped by sometimes “perfunctory” service; still, most reports are of “excellent” dishes from local produce. “If the weather permits, get into the garden”.
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