Eating Out when staying at Abercelyn Country House

We recommend that you book in advance, particularly for bank holiday periods, or if there is a major event taking place locally - note that some establishments may be closed in the winter.

In Bala (15 minutes on foot, or no time by car):

  • Bala Spice Restaurant, 81-83 High St., Bala, LL23 7AE; Tel: 01678-521 935; Indian (Bangladesh) a la carte or set-menus, cash only, bring your own alcohol, also takeaway
  • Plas-yn-Dre (Mansion House) Restaurant, 23 High St., Bala; Tel: 01678-521 256; traditional Welsh fare, popular with Abercelyn guests, service on the quick side, last order 8.30pm-ish; small car park to rear
  • White Lion Hotel Restaurant or bar-menu, High St., Bala; Tel: 01678 520314;
  • Y Cwrt (Court House) Restaurant (62 High St. Bala) Tel: 01678-521500 Brasserie style Restaurant - Pizzeria menu also available (pizzas, pasta and salads) or takeaway

With children:

  • Y Cwrt (Court House) offers Pizzeria menu (see above)
  • Plas-yn-Dre Restaurant (see above) has a children’s menu
  • White Lion Hotel Restaurant (see above) has a children’s menu
  • Eagles Inn (see below) has a children's menu

Inns (within 10 minutes drive):

  • Bryntirion Inn: Traditional pub with real ale near Llandderfel, Tel: 01678-530205, friendly atmosphere with real ales and freshly cooked fine foods limited choice, but good value. Dogs are allowed in the bar
  • Eagles Inn: Welsh pub in Llanuwchllyn, Tel: 01678-540 278 use produce from family-related farm


Llanelltyd (near Dolgellau, 30 minutes by car)

  • Mawddach Restaurant: Family run restaurant Tel: 01341 424020 (Llanelltyd on the Barmouth road, 30 minutes by car), stunning barn with views of the Mawddach estuary; featuring fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce from own & local farms

Dolgellau and nearby (25 minutes by car):

  • Dylanwad Da: Wine Bar and Café, Porth Marchnad, Dolgellau, LL40 1ET, Tel: 01341-422870 limited but interesting menu (tapas & light bites), specialise in wine, several accolades, wine sales from the cellar
  • Meirionnydd: Cellar restaurant, Smithfield Square, Dolgellau, Tel: 01341 422554, 17th Century cellar with granite walls and floor of huge slate slabs, formerly the county jail house. Straightforward dishes with fresh, local ingredients, where possible
  • Cross Foxes: Gastro pub/Inn, near Brithdir, on the A470-A487 Junction, 4 miles from Dolgellau; Tel: 01341 421 001; A historic building at the foot of Cader Idris serving simple, freshly prepared, handmade dishes, locally sourced food
  • Dolserau Hall: Victorian Country House Hotel, Brithdir, Tel: 01341 422 522; Winter Garden Restaurant: The dinner menu changes daily and uses local ingredients, including Welsh Mountain lamb, Welsh Black Beef, venison, game when in season along with fresh fish, shellfish & smoked fish, 4-course dinner £29-50, also Bistro (not evenings)

Llangollen (30 minutes by car) has several good, informal places to eat:

  • Gales Wine & Food Bar:18 Bridge Street, Llangollen, Tel: 01978-860 089;simple home cooked food using local ingredients
  • The Corn Mill: Interesting Pub, a former corn mill in a superb location overlooking the River Dee with excellent views of the Town Falls (upstream from the bridge), Dee Lane, Llangollen, Tel: 01978-869 555 – simple, classic food with an emphasis on quality and freshness of ingredients

For that special occasion (reservation essential):

  • Tyddyn Llan Restaurant, Llandrillo (15 minutes by car) Tel: 01490-440 264; Numerous accolades including Michelin * & Egon Ronay ** top 25 restaurants in the UK; Highly recommended for a special occasion
  • Hotel Portmeirion, near Penrhyndeudraeth (35 minutes by car) Tel: 01766 772440; Modern Welsh cuisine based on the best of local Welsh produce; Wonderful views of the estuary from the dining room, outstanding service, two AA Rosettes
  • Palé Hall, Llandderfel, Nr. Bala (10 minutes by car) Tel: 01678-530 285. Well worth a visit for the interesting building and furniture alone, dress code.
  • Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel, Penmaenpool (35 minutes by car),Tel: 01341 422 219; Country House Hotel with traditional service, "Contemporary British Food" with an emphasis on flavour, use of local produce and simple, careful presentation

Further away:

  • Bistro Bermo, Barmouth (Tel: 01341 281 284) small bistro with seafood
  • Bistro Betws-y-Coed, Betws-y-Coed (Tel: 01690 710328) family run traditional Welsh Bistro
  • The Plas Restaurant, High Street, Harlech (Tel: 01766 780204) panoramic view over Cardigan Bay to the Lleyn Peninsula flanked by Harlech Castle
  • Castle Cottage Restaurant, Harlech (Tel: 01766 780 479) features local & Welsh produce, winner of “Wales True Taste, Eating Out in Wales Award 2008/9” & listed in the Good Food Guide 2009
  • Café Indiana (Indian), Fairbourne (Tel: 01341 250891) Owned and run by Noorie, the wife of Bollywood superstar Mayur Verma (Raj); see Daily Post review
  • Brigands Inn, Mallwyd, near Dinas Mawddwy (Tel: 01650-511 999), 15th Century Coaching Inn with restaurant & bar menus, serving interesting food
  • The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn-Ceiriog in the Berwyn mountains, (Tel: 01691 600665), 16th Century Inn with rosette awarded restaurant using local produce, bar meals and riverside garden.

Further information in the “Abercelyn Eating-out Guide” folder, at Abercelyn Country House