The Black Lion is a really pleasant family restaurant in Derwenlas which is a hamlet only a short distance from Machynlleth on the main road to Aberystwyth. For me it's one of the nicest eateries in the area. The food is fairly traditional but with some inspired surprises and a 'specials' board that, with the main menu, gives plenty of choice for even the most picky eaters. Guest ales are available and there is an acceptable wine list too. The cost is very reasonable and the ambiance is of a typical country inn of the 16th/17th century. There is a lovely log fire in cold weather and the overall impression is of a warm welcome. Probably a good idea to book a table in advance especially in the holiday season but worth a try even if you haven't done so and are hungry. There's quite a bit of history to the place all explained in the menu and, surprisingly, Derwenlas used to be a small sea port before the River Dyfi (Dovey) silted up. And they say the main road is haunted....but don't let that put you off!
(For info: From 1 Jan 2014 I will rate everything on a 'personal satisfaction' basis)
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