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“Food disappointing but service excellent.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Bryn Tyrch Inn

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Bryn Tyrch Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Capel Curig
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“Food disappointing but service excellent.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

We stayed for four nights at the inn, it’s in a lovely setting close to the hills and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Upon arrival we were informed check in was 4pm not 3pm as per the website and our email confirmation. However, we were offered complementary coffee and the option to leave our bags if needed.

The room was comfortable and generously sized with great views of Snowdon. Fresh biscuits were provided on most days, which was a nice touch. Noticeable absences in the room were a phone and a guest information pack. Although there are leaflets in the hotel, some details about the timing of meals and general hotel and local area information would have been helpful. The bathroom was of a good size with a good shower but there was no toilet roll holder and no hooks for clothing/towels etc. These are not major points but would have added a bit of finesse. The water in the sink drained slowly, on investigation this was due to a large build up of scum deep within the plughole.

The standard of the food was the main area, which reduced the overall enjoyment of our stay. The breakfasts were excellent, good produce, well cooked and buffet style. However, the tables needed a good clean, as they were sticky and tacky to touch.

The evening meals were of a variable standard. On initial inspection the menu had a reasonable range however, we were surprised that the “specials” for the night came from the main menu. The first meal was reasonable but when I had the same meal again three nights later the dish was cooked to a much higher standard with the addition of key ingredients, which with hindsight, had been omitted previously. These included a dressing for the salad, an accompaniment of bread, smoked salmon garnish for the smoked salmon, crayfish and mackerel tian and walnuts in the potato and walnut salad. For the main my lamb came with the addition of gravy, chives in the mash potato and a garnish of radish and salad. You may wonder why I had the same dish twice but because the menu did not change, including the “specials”, during the four nights we stayed we had tried a fair range of the menu options by this point.

On the second night we ordered duck breast and rib eye steak, paying a supplement for the steak. The duck was bland; the fat not rendered down and apart from a piping hot fondant potato the dish was luke warm. The steak was cooked perfectly but was also tepid; the only warm item on the dish was a searingly hot roast tomato. These dishes had obviously been sat in the kitchen sometime before being brought to our table.

The puddings were universally poor. The first night we had crème brulee; curdled, overcooked and with the texture and taste of rubber. We pointed this out and were offered an alternative dessert or coffee, which was a good response by the staff. We took a day before daring to try a pudding again and went for an apple crumble, which was dire. It consisted of apple chunks with the skin left on covered with what looked like muesli and browned to the point of burning in places under the grill. There was no cheeseboard on offer and given the range of good Welsh cheeses this would have been a simple and welcome alternative for some guests.
Other dishes we tried were average and not of the high standard that we had hoped for after reading the website and other reviews. Maybe we just caught them on a bad week.
We appreciate this is a small village inn and for an evening meal for one night would be a good option but over a longer period, the lack of variability, in all but the cooking standard, we feel it was not up to it’s four star rating.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Had a meal here after a miserable day's weather and was the highlight of our day. Helpful and attentive staff and excellent food. Really enjoyed oursleves and will vist again. Highly recommended. Best to book as does get very busy which is a good sign!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

On arriving we received a very warm welcome from Neil and Rachel who run the hotel. The staff very friendly and helpful and could not do enough to help you. The food was exceptional and our compliments went to the chef . Our room was 1 st class as was the service . We will be returning next year Roz and Paul

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

We would highly recommend this hotel. We had dinner in the restaurant, which was excellent - especially the king prawns - with very generous portions. Breakfast was also of a very high quality. We had asked for a twin room and were given a family room, which was very clean and spacious. All the staff, especially Rachel, were very helpful and welcoming. Overall, this is a good value option in a beautiful location.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Absolutely lovely place to stay, would recommend to anyone!! Gutted that I only stayed for one night. The rooms are lovely and clean, the bed was reaaally comfy and the food was absolutely fantastic ane great value for money. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

This was our second time at the Bryn Tyrch Inn, a year apart but the ambiance was as comforting and relaxing as we remembered with very efficient and helpful staff, the owners were just lovely and the food superb. Go for the set two course dinner as excellent value as was the packed lunch which was great value for money and very substantial..
We stayed in the suite which was very spacious, had a very comfortable 4 poster bed and well furnished.
The Bryn Tyrch Inn is a great and rewarding find and only 10 mins drive to the foot of Snowdon.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hyde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Very clean with lovely touches and attention to details. Lovely biscuits too. Prime location near to Snowdonia National park. Attentive and welcoming staff. Good parking. Did I mention the sausages a must try.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Additional Information about Bryn Tyrch Inn

Property: Bryn Tyrch Inn
Address: Capel Curig, Capel Curig, Snowdonia National Park LL24 0EL, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Capel Curig
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Capel Curig
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Bryn Tyrch Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bryn Tyrch Inn is situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park surrounded by magnificent scenery. Capel Curig is an ideal centre for outdoor pursuits and the area is very popular with walkers and climbers. The lakes, beaches, castles and other attractions of North Wales are less than 30 miles away.The Bryn Tyrch aims to provide a warm welcome in the hillside with high quality rooms and good food and drink ... more   less 
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Bryn Tyrch Hotel Capel Curig
Bryn Tyrch Capel Curig
Bryn Tyrch Inn Capel Curig, Snowdonia National Park

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