I'm from Dolgellau, so I wasn't staying at the hotel, just eating at the restaurant; my fiancée and I were visiting my parents and decided to go out for dinner on the Saturday night. We'd booked for 7, and arrived just before. We were seated pretty promptly, and provided with menus. So far so good. It all went downhill from here. They took so long to take our order that we began to despair; every time someone came in we looked round hopefully, but in vain. Finally we actually asked the waitress if she would take our order. She said she would soon, and left; after a few minutes she came back and we ordered. Then began the long wait for our food. Eventually, at about 8.10, my father got up to find someone to enquire to after it. Our starters arrived shortly after. The wine we'd ordered never did. We finished our starters (all good quality and well presented) and waited. No wine and no main course arrived. Nor did any apology or explanation. No one once came to tell us we would have to wait. No one even came to clear our plates. And so we went home, paying for the starters we'd had, and had a Chinese.
The hotel is at a stunning location; the menu is extensive; the quality of the food is good. But they're getting something badly wrong if they handle a busy Saturday evening in August so poorly that customers leave before their main course.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- George III Hotel is superbly situated at the head of the magnificent Mawddach estuary. It is said to be one of the most beautiful in europe. The main Hotel was built in 1650 and was once a ships chandlers serving the flourishing boat building industry until around 1890 when it was converted into the Hotel. Our lodge rooms were converted in the 1970's to form 6 en-suite guest bedrooms from what was the Railway Station and Sation Masters House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- George III Hotel Penmaenpool, Dolgellau, Wales