Unless you like overspending on under quality food and service, I suggest that you drive straight past this place. My parents decided to bring me here as a bit of a treat as I don't get to see them very often, we chose the Rhydypennau in because they'd never eaten there before and thought they would give it a go. We will never eat there again.
For starters (whey!) the girl who served us was quite possibly one of the most miserable waitresses i've ever encountered. It may have had something to do with the mistake she had made applying her fake tan that day - but of that I cant be sure. She told us to 'sit where you want', and when we did she insisted that she brush up around as we sat waiting for her to take our drinks order. 'What can I get you?' was the question she asked, none of this 'how are you today?' or 'would you like a starter?' malarky that nice restaurants like to have. I dunno, maybe that's the 'edge' that sets the restaurant apart from the other local ones.
We went for the steak. Sirloin at £15 was pricey, but we figured it to be a bit of a treat. Big mistake. 9 thin cut chips, half a tomato, a dessert spoon of peas and some sloppy mushrooms on the side - the steak however was actually quite nice. At this point i began to enjoy the restaurents 'edge', eating steak without a steak knife was challenging, yet rewarding in the same breath!
The waitress kept wiping tables, and scraping around chairs which made us feel as though she had somewhere else she'd rather be. Or, more likely, somewhere else that she wanted us to be; i.e not in her restaurant. This was confirmed further when she decided to clear the glasses and plates of the table before my mother had even finished her main. No question of 'would you like anything else? No point. I think if she asked that she'd be letting the restaurant down. After all, they thrive on not asking questions that normal restaurants do! Well, thats the impression I got anyhow.
I would not recommend this restaurant, in fact, quite the opposite. What I would do is attempt to deter people from going to it by slating it on the internet. Which is a shame really. I'm from Aberystwyth and I know that its economy is mostly based on the tourist industry, there are some amazing restaurants in the town. But, unfortunately, this isnt one of them.
Drive on, don't look back, dont waste your time or money on this place.
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