Tal-y-Bont Country House


The pubs and restaurants listed here are in GEOGRAPHICAL order, ie nearest first and not in order of preference or recommendation.  Do have a chat to us about any of these listings and we can give you our honest and unbiased opinion.

www.oakeleyarms.co.uk;  tel 01766 590277.  We have eaten here on a Sunday and can recommend the carvery.  They serve a wide selection of dishes and also have blackboard specials.  There is a children's menu.  The pub is the same distance as The Grapes from our B & B.

CellB, Park Square,Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3AD: www.cellb.org; tel 01766 832001.  Open for dinner Friday and Saturday evenings 6 - 9.30,  lunch Tuesday to Friday 10 - 3 and Sunday lunch 12 - 3.30.  This is also a music venue when not open as a restaurant with artists from various music genres appearing regularly.  The food is fresh and tasty and nicely presented.  Try the garlic mushroom bruschetta starter which is delicious and follow with a brilliant steak, pasta dish or salad.  This is a unique setting for a cafe bar as it is an old police station/courthouse/jail retaining many of it's original features.

The Lemon Tree Indian Restaurant,  High Street, Penrhyndeudraeth, LL48 6BL:  tel 01766 770283.   Here you will find all your favourite dishes.   Our favourite is chicken dhansak.  Do try the sisinda bhaji if available (seasonal Bangladeshi vegetable).  The Lemon Tree is approximately 10 minutes drive.  At present this restaurant does not accept card payment.

The Brondanw Arms (known locally as The Ring),  Llanfrothen. Penrhyndeudraeth, LL48 6AQ: tel 01766 770555.   This dining pub never fails to please.  It has a standard menu to please everyone plus a blackboard inside the main dining room with daily specials.  Try the home made lasagne, burger or the cajun spiced chicken from the printed menu.  Sides are interesting salads of couscous and vegetables, beetroot, salad leaves and coleslaw or field mushrooms, grilled tomato and onion rings as well as chips or new potatoes. They serve an excellent steak here, tasty and sizzling.   Fish, lamb or beef dishes often feature on the specials board.  There is an extensive outside seating and play area.

Thai Harbwr, Madoc Yacht Club, Pen Y Cei, Porthmadog; tel 01766 515230;  www.thai-harbwr-myc.co.uk.  This is a great Thai restaurant situated on the edge of the harbour in Porthmadog.  They serve truly excellent food prepared and served by a mother and  her daughter.  It's approximately 15 minutes drive but sadly doesn't do takeaway food.

Moorings Bistro, Borth-y-Gest, Porthmadog:  tel 01766 513500; www.mooringsbistroborthygest.com.  Book early if you would like a window table overlooking the picturesque harbour of Borth y Gest.  We can recommend the mussels.  Seasonal blackboard specials are available.  About 15 minutes drive.

Castle Restaurant & Armoury Bar, Harlech: tel 01766 780416.  Situated beside Harlech Castle with views of the castle and the most magnificent sunsets if you time it right, this Caribbean restaurant serves exciting and delicious food which is presented in a stylish, modern way.  If you've never tried Caribbean food before do give it a try as the flavours are amazing.  The West Indian coconut beef curry and curried goat are full of tender, spicy (but not too hot) sauced meat.  A real treat for the palate.  Booking advised.

The Ty Gwyn Hotel, Betws-y-coed: www.tygwynhotel.co.uk; tel 01690 710383.  This restaurant never fails to please.  They serve beautifully presented food cooked to a very high standard with many blackboard specials.  Book early, especially at weekends and bank holidays and ask for a table in the bar which is more eclectic than the restaurant.  This would be our choice for a special occasion but is no more expensive than any other restaurant locally.  Denis recommends the half shoulder of Welsh lamb.  The Ty Gwyn is 20 to 25 minutes drive.

The Dragon Hotel, Betws-y-coed: www.dragonhotel-snowdonia.co.uk; tel 01690 710334.  This restaurant serves exceptionally good chinese food.  Portions are quite large so we would recommend cautious ordering.  There is a small specials menu and a comprehensive standard menu.  The restaurant is some 5 minutes drive further than Ty Gwyn.