We went for a meal having heard some good reviews and our time was quite interesting although the experience was not quite as rewarding as we had hoped. The welcome was good and we were shown into a tiny area to have drinks, then shown to a slightly larger room. This would be quite a squeeze for a large party. The hotel is, however, nicely appointed with a good atmosphere.
On the menu was a range of exotic meats - zebra, bison, ostrich, crocodile and others which seems to fly in the face of the contemporary drive to source everything locally with as few miles to travel as possible. Not so here!
Ordering starters I asked if I could have a special on the menu _ a fish chowder - as a starter and was told yes if another in our party had the other half! We did but wondered why the portion control? We had an idea of course. The plate the soup arrived on was decorated with a red fruit sauce which was odd and unnecessary. This sauce also decorated the pudding I had later.
Two of us chose the choice lamb cut cooked in a Greek clay pot but were surprised when it turned up as a lamb shank in a tagine. It wasn't bad but not what it was described as really. The bison one of our party had tasted good but was extremely firm in texture. A side order of chips was dark, limp and overcooked.
Puddings were variable so on this night the ultimate impression wasn't overwhelming.
The lad who greeted us, a cheerful man obviously, had to tend the toilet located just outside the dining room and we noticed his blue plastic gloves as he went back and forth but shortly after served our puddings stating that we weren't to worry as he had washed his hands. We didn't doubt this but he needn't have told us.
The finale to the evening was when the cat joined our table for coffee.
Overall an interesting evening but not in the way we expected but it will be a while before go again particularly with the menu choices such as they are. Some of the food was goodbut not everything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WE ARE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT A luxury hotel nestled in the Snowdonia National Park, we have 4 poster suites and a fine dining restaurant all surrounded by an extensive garden. Children and dogs are welcome to stay as we have family rooms available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bryn Artro Country House Llanbedr, Wales