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Top ten places to eat in Wales

We've rounded up our favourite restaurants in Wales, from Ynyshir Hall to Felin Fach Griffin, Restaurant James Sommerin, Llys Meddyg, Bar 44 and Coast.

Looking for the best places to eat in Wales for St David’s Day? Read our guide for the best places to eat in Cardiff and Gower Peninsular as well as the Welsh coast. Here are ten great gourmet experiences to inspire a trip to Wales whatever the time of year.

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Ynyshir Hall

Currently one of five Michelin-starred restaurants in Wales, the dining room at Ynyshir Hall, near Aberdovey’s beautifully wild coastline, creates culinary magic with Welsh lamb, local Wagyu beef and organic pork; they’re such sticklers for detail that the hotel’s breakfast sausages are even prepared to their own recipe. Much of the produce comes from the hotel’s own kitchen garden, while mushrooms, samphire and elderflower are foraged. No wonder chef Gareth Ward was named the Good Food Guide 2015 Chef to Watch. Bedrooms are equally striking, idiosyncratically but luxuriously decorated in jelly bean-bright colours.


Felin Fach Griffin

For an expertly crafted pie to wash down your pint of Monty’s Mischief, you’re in safe hands at the Felin Fach Griffin, near Brecon. The Good Food Guide’s Welsh Country Dining Pub of the Year 2015, it also holds a Bib Gourmand award and is one of three Sawdays Hotel’s of the Year for 2015. This is comfort food done with a light touch; warm pork, apple and black pudding terrine, perhaps, or local duck breast with butternut squash, potato gratin and kale. A run of cosy bedrooms on site means you don’t have to rush home afterwards, either.


Milkwood

Neighbourhood dining reaches new heights in Pontcanna as the chefs behind The Potted Pig trade in its city centre bank vault for a more suburban location. Dealing in clean and contemporary dishes crafted using the best of the South Wales larder, Milkwood is right at home with the area’s restaurants, bars and artisan shops.

Read our full review here

Milkwood, Cardiff, restaurant review

Dolaucothi Arms

Set in the tiny village of Pumsaint, and part of the National Trust’s Dolaucothi Estate, Dolaucothi Arms is a 16th Century coaching inn that overlooks two rivers, Cothi and Twrch. Food is renowned, to the point where we shortlisted their chicken, leek, bacon and cider pie in our 2014 ‘Britain’s best pub pie’ competition. There are two menus, bar and seasonal, with the latter being a touch fancier.

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Dolaucothi Arms, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Llangoed Hall

Just outside Hay-on-Wye, you’ll find the Jacobean ‘white palace’ allegedly home to the first Welsh parliament. Now the site is home to a country house hotel with acclaimed restaurant, extensive gardens (walled, rose and fruit among them) and stunning bedrooms. For dinner, choose from a four-course or tasting menu. With the likes of lobster croquette, golden and crisp, surrounded by a moat of rich Parmesan sauce and mackerel with pickled vegetables and tomato.

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Llangoed Hall, Brecon, Wales

Beach House

Owners Neil Kedward and Zoe Agar have looked to Oxwich Bay, on the stunning Gower Peninsular of South West Wales, for the setting of their third venture, Beach House. With an impressive seaside spot and a bounty of local fresh seafood, it’s popular with locals and tourists alike.

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Beach House, Oxwich, Swansea

The Admiral St David

A relaunch of the restaurant at The St David’s Hotel, in Cardiff Bay, sees Wales’ first Australasian-inspired dining spot. Docked within a striking sail-shaped structure on Cardiff Bay, The Admiral promises to marry Welsh produce with influences from Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Sri Lanka.

Read our full review here

The Admiral St David, Cardiff

Restaurant James Sommerin and Coast

If it’s seafood and seaviews you’re after, two of the country’s most sophisticated recent openings are both set close to the waves. In Penarth, just outside Cardiff, Restaurant James Sommerin bagged itself a place in the Good Food Guide’s Top 50 UK restaurants within three months of opening; Michelin stars are already being talked about. Meanwhile, in Pembrokeshire, ex-La Bécasse chef Will Holland has also made a large culinary splash at Saundersfoot’s new Coast restaurant.


Bar 44

The passion for small plates is taking Wales’ kitchens by storm. Nowhere more so than at Bar 44’s two tapas joints, in Cowbridge and Penarth. Owned and run by brothers Tom and Owen Morgan, both branches are under the direction of head chef Tommy Heaney (with input from Jose Pizarro); most of what’s on the menu is either house-made or imported from artisan Spanish producers and the drinks list has an equally strong Spanish flavour, from sherries and wines to cava cocktails. Look out for seasonal specials, too; if you fancy a change from leeks, the end of March sees the bars hosting a calçotada festival.


Llys Meddyg

For something slightly less grand but equally indulgent, try Llys Meddygin Pembrokeshire. Smart modern bedrooms are paired with a kitchen that takes provenance deeply seriously but clearly has fun in the process. It’s dog-friendly, too.

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Some extra bits to take home…

And lastly, If you’re after food gifts to take home, put GinHaus Deli, in postcard-pretty Llandeilo on your itinerary. Stop off for a lunch of Welsh cheeses or a bowl of lamb cawl, then stock up from shelves laden with some of the country’s finest produce. Among our favourites are Coaltown Coffee and Da Mhile seaweed ginIn the same area, don’t miss Wright’s Food Emporium.