This five hundred year old former coaching inn, visited by Charles Dickens, Samuel Johnson and Cromwell's General Wytton now houses and excellent restaurant, a more modest brasserie (for which no bookings are taken) and comfortable bedrooms.
Simplicity of approach and use of the best local ingredients are the hallmarks of Hefin Roberts' confident cooking; and these include Welsh Black Beef, Salt Marsh Lamb and local Seafood.
So, although menus change by the day, expect the likes of 'Breast of Quail, and a Truffled Pea Velouté'; 'Slow-cooked Pork Belly with Apple Confit and Mustard Jus'; 'Grilled Goats' Cheese with Avocado and Quail's Egg Salad' and 'Pressed Terrine of Skate with Salad Potatoes' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Sirloin of local Beef with Smoked Bacon, Oyster Mushrooms and Pink Peppercorns'; 'Braised Shoulder and Roast Cannon of Lamb' and 'Wild Sea Bass with Sautéed Potatoes, Salsify, Roast Ceps and Beurre Blanc' among the mains.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Chocolate Tart with Pistachio Ice Cream'; 'Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Pineapple Carpaccio & Pink Peppercorn Syrup' or their selection of excellent cheese.
For lighter meals, the Brasserie (which also opens for lunch) is also thoroughly recommended, as is an overnight stay in one of their comfortable bedrooms, either here or in their adjacent Town House (See our Places to Stay section).
- Food Style: Welsh Traditional
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-21.30; set D £32.00 (2 courses), £38.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 45
- Wine: an excellent list focuses on France and kicks off at £17.50
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 7
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Bangor Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L all week; 25th & 26th Dec, 1st Jan (Brasserie open for L all week)
- Rooms available