Find this excellent restaurant, with splendid views over the Conwy Valley and towards Snowdonia, up a narrow lane. It looks like a simple stone building - set in a pretty cottage-style garden - from the outside, but inside, it's smart and modern. Janet Pitman offers a menu with only two choices at each stage; but these change on a daily basis so residents have a certain variety.
These might be the likes of 'Seared Scallops with Nero Sauce'; 'Grey Mullet with a Mint, Coriander, Cumin and Tomato Dressing'; Carpaccio of Marinated Tuna, local Orne Crad, Avocado, Herb Tomato Jelly & Basil Oil Dressing' or 'Breast of Pigeon on a Split Pea Tart with Game Jus' to start.
'Steamed Wild Sea Bass with Avruga Caviar and a Smoked Salmon Risotto'; 'Oven-Baked Fillet of Wild Sea Trout with Samphire Wild Rice & Fennel Risotto and a Merlot Sauce'; 'Wild Boar with a Cider and Thyme Sauce' or 'Loin of local Lamb with a Green Pea Filo Parcel and a Mint Cream Sauce' to follow.
Desserts are more homely - 'Blackberry and Cinnamon Sponge with Crème Anglaise' - being a good example. Welsh Farmhouse Cheese is offered for those not having a sweet tooth. The choice might be limited, but what you end up with, is some of Wales' best cooking.
No mobile phones, jeans, trainers or track suits.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Dinner: Weds-Sun, 19.30 - one sitting; set D £49 (3 courses)
- Seats: 12
- Wine: A good, an well-explained wine list, kicks off at a firm £25
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 7
- Wheelchair access: Not easily, certainly not lavatory
- Nearest station: Betws-y-Coed
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page - leave the A5 onto the A470, travel 3km north towards Llannwst, then take the turning to Capel Garmon, the restaurant's on the left before the village.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L each day; mid Dec to mid Jan
- Rooms available