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The Red Lion (Llew Coch)
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Knighton, Wales
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138 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Restaurant Review”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

THIS IS A RESTAURANT REVIEW ONLY AS WE HAVE NOT STAYED HERE. THERE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A PLACE TO MAKE A SEPARATE ENTRY.

Llew Coch (Red Lion) is a genuine and traditional village inn that has not succumbed to modernization and “improvements”. It lies in the heart of Dinas Mawddwy, nestling comfortably and real in its ‘Wild Wales’ surroundings of mountain, forest and river. Nothing glossy here, just the epitome of a hard, organic beauty naturally evolved. A warm welcome awaits inside Llew Coch and we enjoyed the friendly, freely offered inclusive conversation of the barmaid and the handful of locals who stopped by in-passing for a lunch time pint or a coffee and natter.

Lunch at Llew Coch is chosen from a good size selection on an unpretentious menu of pub food classics with local twists thrown in here and there. We both had the homemade Welsh lamb and leek pie. The meat was tender, clearly slow-cooked, and the suet style pastry perfectly suited the dish and the autumnal day. Accompanying vegetables were both a nice selection and well prepared. Plans to sample desserts were sunk by the generously proportioned and very tasty mains. Our bill left worthwhile change from a £20 note well spent.

So, the food offered at Llew Coch is both good value and of a substantial homely quality. The atmosphere is provided courtesy of genuine old wooden beams, well worn tables and countless horse brasses all delivered up in their correct and naturally aged environment. Service is like wandering into a friend’s kitchen for a chat. A highly recommended example of the ‘real deal’!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Falcon, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

Sometimes I'd like to see the two separated, and then again, people don't pay attention and put the reviews everywhere. To be clear, this review is for the restaurant portion, and not the B&B portion. I stayed somewhere in the local area, and only ate at The Red Lion.

First of all, I have to compliment and thank the staff for being accommodating. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we arrived at our B&B later than expected, and thus had a late dinner. Unfortunately, we arrived at our B&B at about 8:50, and were informed that most places stop serving food at 9. Well, our B&B owner called ahead, and even though we arrived between 9:05 and 9:10, they still had the kitchen open for us! So thank you so much for serving us!

Second, the food was really good! The ale was good, and all was well. This is a true "small town" local pub if I've ever seen one! It was interesting to look at the pictures on the wall of what the town looked like many years ago, and the maps of the local area.

If you're traveling through and in need of a place to eat, I'd suggest The Red Lion to anyone! Besides, as an American traveling through Wales, it was good to eat at a place called The Red Lion. It just made sense! :)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Manchester, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Stayed here again, this weekend. We got the usual warm welcome from the staff and were quickly laughing with the locals.
The beer was as excellent as always and when the food was served (outside in the sun) it was better than I remembered. It was fantastic. We had a number of different dishes between us, they all arrived together and everyone commented on its quality (and quantity). I personally had the 'T' bone this time, it was a stunning slab of meat.
Great nights sleep was had by all.
Breakfast was terrific,
Really worth calling this place and if they've got a room, give it a try.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Machynlleth, Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

Visited the Red Lion for sunday lunch. The pub was buzzing with activity but the food was served in a quick and fuss free manner. Fantastic beef which just fell apart, a wide selection of veg with generous helpings and brilliant service. Deserts were well presented with plenty of choice. Well worth a visit and exceptional value. I highly recommend this pub and it puts a lot of its rivals to shame.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

We dropped in to the pub with our collie after a gruelling 6 hours on Aran Fawddwy. It was early evening (about half six), and the weather was beautiful so we sat outside. We were delighted to see how busy the pub was, with locals and visitors alike - there was no sign of any dwindling pub trade here. Our fellow customers,most of whom had dogs, were so friendly, we instantly loved it - and completely agree with one of the other reviews- "you will be sorely tempted to have more than one!" We had a great meal. (home-cooked beef pie with chips and veg, as the locally recommended lamb and leek pie had all gone).
We will be visiting it again, and this time will probably stay over. And highly recommend it. (This review is from 2 forty-somethings and a border collie out for an impromptu long walk because the weather forecast was good !)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

Popped in midweek after 6 hours on Aran Fawddwy. Arrived at 2.05 and asked if I could have a sandwich, but was told food service had finished. I assumed kitchen staff had gone home. 5 minutes later a sandwich came out for an adjoining table, followed 5 minutes later by a jacket potato. It's a great looking pub and these out of the way places need all the business they can get - but I wasn't impressed with the refusal of a request for food 5 minutes after time when the kitchen was still staffed - after all, this is walking and cycling country. I'd love to give it 5 stars, but it will have to be 3 this time - if only as a wake up call.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Knighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

What a brill pub The Red Lion is ,such friendly helpful staff and great service , excellent tasty food and the local regulars are great company .Will definitely be going again had such fun .
Mrs T Bufton

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Red Lion (Llew Coch)
Address: Dinas Mawddwy, Snowdonia National Park SY20 9JA, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Dinas Mawddwy
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Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Dinas Mawddwy
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centuries-old traditional Inn. In charming village set amid scenic beauty of southern Snowdonia. Close to many attractions and Cardigan Bay Resorts. Renowned for good value home-cooked meals, listed in c.a.m.r.a. good beer guide and Taste of Wales scheme. ... more   less 
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The Red Lion (Llew Coch) Dinas Mawddwy, Snowdonia National Park

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