The Michelin Guide’s Favourite Welsh Restaurants

Nine restaurants have been honoured with a place in the Michelin Guide

Would you like to visit one of these stellar restaurants?

There’s much more to Welsh cuisine than just Fish’n’Chips and Glamorgan Sausage. Despite our reputation for fried foods and leeks there are plenty of high-end restaurants that you can find some truly delicious food at. Although many talented Welsh chefs choose to leave the Motherland every year to work in London, more and more restaurateurs are seeking out alternate locations to start their businesses; with many young chef investing in Birmingham as well smaller cities and town in Wales.

The restaurant business is a cut-throat one but that hasn’t stopped these innovative eateries from flourishing in Brexit Britain:

Sosban and The Old Butchers

You’ll need to book months ahead in order to secure a table at Sosban and The Old Butchers, a family-run business that has brought fine-dining excellence to rural North Wales. Their set tasting menu shifts constantly and there are only 16 covers in the place, so you’re guaranteed a peaceful night.

How much? Dinner for £80
Lunch for £40
Awards? 1 Michelin Star + 4 AA Rosettes
Telephone: 01248 208 131
Address: Trinity House
1 High Street
Menai Bridge
LL59 5EE
Website: https://sosbanandtheoldbutchers.com/

The Walnut Tree


Gaining notoriety in the early ’60s, The Walnut Tree sits two miles east of Abergavenny, offering Michelin-star dining as well as accommodation in the form of three cottages. The nearby Angel Hotel offers guestrooms for those who indulge a little too much and need a similarly classy place to sleep off their dinner.

How much? Starters from £11
Mains from £25
Three course lunch from £30
Awards? 1 Michelin Star + 3 AA Rosettes
Telephone: 01873 852797
Address: Old Ross Rd
Llanddewi Skirrid
Abergavenny
NP7 8AW
Website: https://www.thewalnuttreeinn.com/

Tyddyn Llan

This 3-star hotel has the considerable boon of having veteran Bryan Webb at the helm who has steered the restaurant to holding their Michelin star for a 7 years now. Choose from a dinner menu or indulge in one of their spectacular tasting menus.

How much? Dinner from £70
Six-course Taster from £80
Nine-course Taster from £95
Awards? 1 Michelin Star
Telephone: 01490 440264
Address: Llandrillo
Corwen
LL21 0ST
Website: http://www.tyddynllan.co.uk/

Ynyshir


Gareth Ward is the man behind this hugely popular restaurant success story. Since opening Gareth has put a huge focus creating an all-round restaurant experience that is, in his words, ‘FUNDINING NOT FINEDINING’ – although the glittering array of awards and accolades that Ynshir has collected in 2018 highlight that he has the latter down a tee whether he wants to or not.

How much? 11 Course Lunch for £75
19 Course Dinner £110-125
Awards? 1 Michelin Star + 5 AA Rosettes
Telephone: 01654 781209
Address: Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms
Eglwys Fach
Machynlleth
Powys
SY20 8TA
Website: https://ynyshir.co.uk/

The Checkers Montgomery


Wales is an odd place to find French Fine Dining, but it’s there nonetheless. The Checkers Montgomery is a family-run restaurant that celebrates the very best of French food whilst making use of the wide stock of ingredients that Wales has to offer. After training under Michel Roux Senior, Stephane opened The Checkers in 2011 and was awarded a Michelin star for his efforts within the year.

How much? Six-course menu for £65 per person
Awards? 1 Michelin Star
Telephone: 01686 669822
Address: Broad St,
Montgomery
SY15 6PN
Website: https://www.checkerswales.co.uk/

Sourcing Stove Parts, Staff & Food: Llyn Peninsula Success Stories

There are three distinct challenges of operating a restaurant in a remote place.

The Llyn Peninsula juts out of North Wales, an instantly recognisable feature of the Welsh coast line that presents serious challenges for any restaurateurs seeking success there.

Staff

The restaurant business is associated with a high turnover of staff which isn’t an issue when your restaurant is based in an urban area. Dense city and town populations are rife with unemployed people who are keen to find work, but things are a little different out in the sticks. In order to produce food that’s a cut above the rest, Llyn Peninsula restaurants must attract professional chefs and also pay them enough to keep them and their families happy in their new rural homes. The same principle applies to waiting staff. As any restaurant owner will know, a consistency of service is key to providing a quality experience which is only possible if you retain staff for extended periods of time.

Sourcing ingredients

It would be easy to assume that restaurants should have no issue sourcing ingredients considering the abundance of fantastic producers in Wales, but due to the sheer volume of eateries in the area, head chefs and owners alike have to compete to secure consistent deliveries of the best produce at the very best price. The most successful restaurants on the Llyn Peninsula have long-lasting relationships with farmers to ensure a consistent supply of seasonal ingredients the whole year around. Unsurprisingly, the fishermen and farmers in Llyn Peninsula are amongst the best paid in the UK.

Breakdowns & Repairs

It can be easy to forget about the practical side of running a restaurant business. For example, if any equipment breaks down the owner is suddenly faced with a logistical nightmare. An oven break down is probably the most dreaded of all issues as it immediately puts a kitchen in hot water. When your restaurant is so far away from any maintenance specialists or spares suppliers there’s simply no quick way of sourcing and fitting the part you need. There’s no easy solution to this problem as keeping a full complement of stove parts on standby (as well as someone to fit them) isn’t practical. The only thing a professional restaurant can do is ensure that their ovens are up to industry standards and that there’s always a backup in place.

These Llyn Peninsula restaurants have found a way to surpass these challenges and produce excellent food:

Tremfan Hall Restaurant


Consistently voted as one of the best places to eat on the Peninsula, this atmospheric restaurant should be on the top of your agenda. 

How much? Starters from £5.95
Mains from £16.95
Can you stay the night? Yes
Telephone: 01758 740169
Address: Tremfan Hall
Llanbedrog Pwllheli
Gwynedd
LL53 7NN
Website: http://tremfanhall.webs.com/

Poachers Restaurant


The family-run Poachers Restaurant is a favourite among locals and offers some great value.

How much? Two Courses for £19.95
(Dessert course for supplemental £4.00)
Can you stay the night? No
Telephone: 01766 522512
Address: 66 – 68 High Street
Criccieth
Gwynedd
LL52 0HB
Website: http://www.poachersrestaurant.co.uk/

Castle Inn Criccieth


This cosy pub offers a menu unadulterated pub classics – perfect for winter or summer.

How much? Sharers from £2.50
Mains from £9.50
Can you stay the night? No
Telephone:

01766 523515

Address: The Castle Inn Criccieth
Criccieth
LL52 0RW
Website: https://www.thecastleinncriccieth.com/