Eating Out when staying at Abercelyn Country House


It is 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 and take last orders for food 8.30-9pm.

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; dogs allowed, small car park to rear
  • White Lion Hotel Restaurant or bar-menu, High St., Bala; Tel: 01678 520314;

Just outside of Bala:

  • Gorwelion Restaurant and Café (01678 520943) also plants & gift sales; excellent home-made snacks and main meals, open every day for lunch including Sunday-lunch and some evenings for dinner; take the A494 towards Corwen as you leave Bala turn left at brown sign (LL23 7NW)
  • Caerau Uchaf Gardens, Sarnau (01678 530493), café and gardens to explore (seasonal); Sarnau is on the A494 towards Corwen, follow signs from the A494 (LL23 7LG)

With children:

  • 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
  • Gorwelion Restaurant and Café (see above) has a free soft-play area & outdoor playground
  • Caerau Uchaf Gardens (see above) has an adventure play area

With dogs:

  • Plas-yn-Dre Restaurant (see above)
  • Gorwelion Restaurant and Café (see above)
  • Bryntirion Inn (in the bar) (see below)


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


Nearby:

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

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 excellent 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
  • Brigands Inn, Mallwyd, near Dinas Mawddwy (Tel: 01650-511 999), 15th Century Coaching Inn with restaurant & bar menus, serving interesting food
  • On the Hill, Ruthin (Tel: 01824 707736), the bistro-style restaurant is housed in a 16th century building, using locally sourced and seasonal food, it's all cooked on the premises from scratch! Booking essential - its popular!


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