Top places to eat in wales
Wales has some of the finest produce in Europe and it comes from its mountains, fields, oceans and rivers. Superb seafood, excellent lamb and fine cheese are probably what many people think about when Welsh cuisine is mentioned. Making great use of this excellent produce is a growing range of top-quality restaurants which have forged a reputation for Wales as a leader in the revival of British cuisine.
The great thing about many of the top restaurants in Wales is that they also enjoy a marvellous setting. One such venue is the restaurant at Ynyshir Hall in Powys. Situated close to the town of Machynlleth, with the Cambrian Mountains as a backdrop, this venue is where chef Shane Hughes shows off his skills. This is rural fine dining at its best and however technically brilliant the cookery is, it is always firmly rooted in the great flavours of Welsh produce.
West Wales also has its fair share of great places to eat. Y Plyn, in Capel Dewi in Carmarthenshire, has been impressing diners since 2004. This venue is notable for its bistro-style cooking and reliance on some of the best fresh flavours that Wales can provide. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and diners will notice the seasonal nuances that the menu can offer.
If you are in the North Wales borderlands and looking for somewhere good to eat, then it is worth heading to Corwen, near Wrexham. There you can find the Tyddyn Llan country house, where the restaurant has a Michelin star. The house is run by a husband and wife team, Bryan and Susan Webb, who have achieved the distinction of gaining the highest rating in Wales in the Good Food Guide.
Monmouthshire can also offer a great restaurant in the shape of The Bell at Skenfrith. This former coaching inn enjoys a lovely setting on the banks of the River Monnow and much of the produce used at the restaurant comes from an organic kitchen garden on-site. The chef is Rupert Taylor, a man who clearly enjoys generating as much interest and flavour from fine Welsh produce as he possibly can.
Also in the more westerly reaches of Wales is Fairyhill, located in the heart of the Gower Peninsula. It’s another place where Wales’ gorgeous fresh local produce is used to delight to guests and chef Jim Hamilton produces some extraordinary dishes. After a meal, there is also the chance to walk it off in the 24 acres of parkland which adjoin the venue.
Exploring Wales is always interesting and memorable. As well as the spectacular mountains and beautiful beaches, the culture, the sport and the warm welcome on the hillside, you can also experience some of Britain’s very best cuisine. If you are someone who enjoys eating wonderful food in a gorgeous rural setting, then there are few better places in Britain to do it. Cymru am byth (long live Wales), as they say west of Offa’s Dyke.
This guest article was submitted by Lloyd on behalf of North Wales Borderlands.