We were back in beautiful Dolgellau for four days this July, and booked the wonderful Mawddach restaurant six weeks ahead ... just as well, as it was fully-booked when we turned up for dinner on Saturday evening and Sunday lunch. We enjoyed leisurely, peaceful drinks together on the terrace in the sun, overlooking the farm and Cader Idris, looking at the lovely photos of Hen and Will* (*co-owner and manager)'s recent wedding we'd asked for. Chef and co-owner Ifan's home-made soups are always brilliant - on this occasion, beetroot; so good, i had it the next day too. The new fish soup with rouille was the best my partner had eaten outside la belle France; and the saffron risotto is always a firm favourite of his. The beef was superb both days, and the slow-cooked then roasted pork (with a gorgeous individual leek and potato pie, crackling and apple sauce) was outstanding. I'm running out of adjectives for the fantastic chocolate mascarponi cream, with orange cream and crumbled honeycomb. Utterly divine. Our favourites were thoughtfully reserved for us incase we wanted them (you bet we did), and the atmosphere was as relaxed as the views are beautiful. I wish this restaurant wasn't 200 miles away. But it always helps make our trips to North Wales so special. A few days before, we'd eaten in Tom Kerridge's famous Hand and Flowers restaurant. Both were brilliant!
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