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“Refined elegance, beautiful setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel

Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel
Cuisines: British, European, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Colchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Refined elegance, beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

My one regret was not arriving early so that I had time to walk around the beautiful gardens. The grand hotel is positioned high overlooking the enchanting Mawddach Estuary, near Dolgellau (10 mins from Fairbourne, 20 mins from Barmouth). Inside, we ordered a gin and tonic and perused menus in a grand but cosy drawing room in front of a fire. There was a very reasonable set menu, but we ordered a la carte, which was not very expensive compared to London and the South East of England. We were very impressed with the food. It was tasty and luxurious (one of the best jus I've tasted), but not as stingy on portions as some michelin establishments we have patronised. The menu was quite gamey, which suited our tastes, but some people may consider that the choices were limited. We ate in the light and airy conservatory, which provided a nice contrast to the drawing room. We had Duo of Duck to start (delicious - although I did need to request another slice of toasted brioche for the rillette), followed by a complimentary lobster veloute, then roast venison, with sufficient and tasty potatoes and vegetables and a velvety rich and sticky jus. For pudding, I found the chocolate tart a little too rich and (unlike me) could not finish it (although my husband did not have the same trouble), the mint sorbet it was served with was unusual and rather good (perhaps slightly sweet?). We took our coffee/tea and petit fours in the drawing room and were very reluctant to leave (and also had some trouble finding someone to ask for and then pay for the bill). Overall, I would really recommend this restaurant (and it looks like a lovely place to stay too). The food is very good, the service satisfactory, the ambiance warm, quiet and grand, and the setting beautiful. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MomaSud
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Champagne Afternoon Tea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Lovely setting in the lounge overlooking the mountains. The scones and strawberries were fresh and tasty.

Visited April 2014
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Bala, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Restaurant Food and value for money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We visited this hotel for a Sunday lunch ( Easter Sunday). We had visited on one previous occasion. Whilst the location and position of the hotel and the general ambiance cannot be faulted, the standard of the food served and the service provided leave much to be desired.

The menu is limited - only 4 choices of starter, main course and dessert. The menu appears to be the same each time one visits with what appears to be little or no variation. One would expect a much greater choice and more variation for an establishment of this standing.

The food was poorly cooked ( We had to return one of our meat dishes) roast beef as it was vastly undercooked. No apology was offered, and a message was relayed back to us by the management that we should have asked for it to have been more fully cooked!

The other meat dishes were inadequately cooked although we did not return them. The vegetables also were bland and little variety provided. Very small portions of roast lamb with meagre vegetables. The desserts were distinctly average. The bread and butter pudding served with a mingy small teaspoonful of ice cream was ok but no more. My wife's dessert was still frozen and she had difficulty breaking it up to eat it!

One got the feeling that this restaurant is focussed on maximising revenue with little interest in providing a good dining experience. The fine touches in sitting in the lounge beforehand and the 'personal service' when being led to the table and having serviettes put on your lap masquerade the real interest in the customer that seemed to cease after this point.

We shall not be visiting this restaurant again as it represents poor value for money and a better meal could be had elsewhere at half the cost

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul B
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very inflexible management”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

Dont be fooled. A lovely hotel with an excellent chef but our recent travelzoo experience left a nasty taste in our mouths. afternoon tea is NOT afternoon tea but Welsh cream tea ie ONE scone and jam each, not even clotted cream but whipped cream instead. We booked for 4 but only 3 persons stayed and the management were intransigent about offering some compensation for the 4th meal/ afternoon tea etc. We were not expecting a refund but some compensation ie bottle of wine would have been a nice gesture. The set menu had NO choice - the choice if you did not like the courses was to upgrade by £25 per person to the a la carte menu. This is the first hotel of this rating that i have stayed in that does not offer a choice on table d'hote. These faults spoilt the stay for us all and we will not return.

    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank SusanFormby
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Ware, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“beautiful setting, lovely evening”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

We stumbled on this restaurant purely by chance but ended up having a lovely evening. Canapes and drinks are served in a beautiful lounge while you browse the menu. You are then escorted into the dining room which overlooks the gardens where 2 waitresses stand by your chairs and seat you. The food was beautiful and served delightfully by the professional but friendly staff. Afterwards we enjoyed tea and brandy back in the lounge chatting to other guests. What a lovely evening. My only negative comment is that the menu is set price (£42.50 I think)but then lots of the choices have a supplement. It would be better to charge say £49.50 and do away with that bit, it just made it look a bit tacky.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 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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2 Thank paula m
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