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Review of Bryn Artro Country House

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Bryn Artro Country House
Ranked #3 of 6 Llanbedr B&B and Inns
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Does it live up to some of the glowing reviews?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

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.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Redditch, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

Bryn Artro is a living example of Hotel following a simple formula for success: tasteful grounds and interior, comfortable beds, clean rooms, a skilled chef and good customer service. Gone are the worn carpets, cheap mattresses, scampi and chips menu and the “sorry we can’t do that” attitude which I’m so too familiar with.

When the management found out my girlfriend had special dietary requirements they offered and made her a bespoke breakfast. When they didn’t have a particular wine on the menu they offered us free samples before making a purchase. When we said we might arrive early they prioritised getting our room prepared in time.

I was surprised to see that there are two older "terrible" reviews on Trip Adviser but found out that the existing management team have only taken over the running on the hotel since November. Anyone looking to set up a small hotel should spend a night here to see how it can and should be run.

If you want a bog-standard hotel room in North Wales you are spoilt for choice, if you want a memorable, relaxing stay with a quality dining experience this is the place to book.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Ant H
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

stayed here for two nights on 14th February 2014. As we stayed here the year before under different ownership. The room we stayed in was room 2 four poster bed. We could not fault the room at all. We went down to the local pub in the evening which had no power due to the storms. Came back around 11 Nick and Steve the owners offered room service Steve did us some food we had a beef sandwich with salad and a fantastic dressing on it. My partner had lobster with salad new potatoes and a dressing which he said was stunning, And a complementary glass of port each which was above and beyond what we were expecting at that time of night as they had just finished the restaurant which was fully booked. Attention to detail and hosting skills were perfection. We will be recommending this country house to our friends and family. Thank you Nick and Steve for the lovely stay hope to see you again soon.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank paulaevans2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

Stayed with my partner for valentines had the set menu which was really tasty and artfully decorated,staff were extremely friendly and helpfull and the owner was brilliant very attentive the rooms are stunning and tastefully done this hotel is fabulous and it's one I will definetly be telling my associates & colleagues words can't explain how fantastic this gem really is only wish it was closer to my home.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Cheltnow
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Wales
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

I have driven past this hotel/restaurant, every day enroute to work for the past 13 years, and last night was the first time we have eaten there, and it most certainly wont be the last. We booked at fairly short notice, and the welcome and service we received was very friendly and professional. The hotel is a beautiful building from the outside, but when you walk in it oozes quality and homeliness. The owner was very friendly and welcoming, and very knowledegable when offering advice on what is a very interesting and mouthwatering menu. The choice is excellent, and some exotic choices also, of crocodile, swordfish, kangaroo and wilderbeast will really offer you a new eating experience. When the food arrived, it didnt dissapoint, both my food and that of my wife was exceptional, very tasty and very well presented. When accompanied by an excellent wine list, it makes for a very enjoyable evening. This is the best food ive eaten near my home for many a year, and on a par with the very best restaurants in the area, such as Castle Cottage and Portmeirion, but with prices very realistic. Havent been before, but will be recommending this to friends and colleagues. Fantastic

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Squeaky M
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Harlech, Wales
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

We ate at the Bryn Artro for a birthday celebration and were thourally delighted at the experience. It is rare in this area to find such a wonderfully decorated, elegant restraunt with such great food and wine.
The food was fantastic, with the chance to try something different! The service was excellent and what a great atmosphere. Nothing is too much trouble and very good prices. We went back for sunday lunch the next day! Highly recomended! We Will be going back very soon.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank bexjon
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Barmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

My husband and I dined here for the second time last week. It truly is a wonderful experience and begins with drinks in the cosy, welcoming lounge with a lovely warming fire. You are not hurried at all and the staff are attentive but not too much. The ambience is fabulous, with white linen cloths and artfully folded napkins and lots of interesting pieces around the place. The flower arrangements too are just gorgeous. The attention to detail really is second to none. The food was out of this world and beautifully presented and served. Nick and Steve know what they're doing that's for sure, the place is a wonder and I am absolutely thrilled that we have somewhere as special as this, so close. I love everything about this place. If you are looking for somewhere special you won't find anywhere better than this believe me. Myself, well I can't wait for the next time!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank carolemmmett
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Additional Information about Bryn Artro Country House

Property: Bryn Artro Country House
Address: on the A469, Llanbedr, Snowdonia National Park LL45 2LE, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Llanbedr
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Llanbedr
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Bryn Artro Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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