Wales’s Number One Dining Destination
10 Oct 2015
– Michelin Star, second year running with Gareth Ward. 13 years with a Michelin Star
– 4 AA Rosettes, the ONLY place in Wales, previously 3 AA Rosettes for 20 years
– Top 50 Restaurants ‘The Good Food Guide 2016’ for 26 years
– Top 100 Restaurants ‘SquareMeal UK Top Restaurants’
– Visit Wales ‘Gold’ Award for Place to Eat
Ynyshir Hall is a special place, surrounded by the Cambrian Mountains, independently owned and managed by Joan and Rob Reen for almost 30 years, food has always been at the heart of everything.
Gareth Ward joined in the summer of 2013 with experience from establishments including Sat Bains. He quickly built a following at Ynyshir Hall helped by the freedom Joan and Rob gave Gareth in the kitchen. During his time at Ynyshir Hall, Gareth has achieved Wales’s best foodie record winning a Michelin Star in 2014 which was retained in 2015. The AA awarded Ynyshir Hall 4 AA Rosettes making this the only place in Wales to have such a sought after award. The Good Food Guide continue to highlight Ynyshir Hall as having the one of the best talents in the country with Ynyshir Hall appearing in the 2016 guide’s top 50. In fact, Ynyshir Hall has appeared in this foodies bible for 26 years now. SquareMeal, once again included Ynyshir Hall in their annual Top 100 UK Restaurants. And the tourist board has awarded the highest standard of ‘Gold’ to all things at Ynyshir.
Ynyshir Hall is responsible for attracting many visitors to Wales who are amazed by the fairytale landscape that so entranced Queen Victoria, who once owned Ynyshir Hall. The hotel is fortunate to share the Dyfi estuary with one of Britain’s finest bird reserves, the RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, former home of BBC’s Springwatch. The golden sands of Borth beach are a 15-minute drive away; or why not visit beautiful Dovey Valley (“Artists Valley”) where Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven.
16th-century Ynyshir Hall is home to just 10 bedrooms and is set amid 14 acres of gorgeous gardens. Each of the bedrooms is named after a different artist, with huge beds, television, radio, Wi-Fi and — a lovely touch — a decanter of sherry in each room. The views are all exceptional.
Ynyshir has always grown its own food, foraged for wild food (the area is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), and used local suppliers. Menus available at Ynyshir Hall include 11 course (£90.00), 8 course (£80.00) and 5 course for residents only (£55.00) dinner menus. These are served in the 25-cover restaurant with art by resident artist Rob Reen. A wine pairing option is available for all menus. Lunch is also served at Ynyshir Hall and 5 course (£40.00) and 8 course (£80.00) menus are available. Not forgetting afternoon tea which can be taken in the lounge, bar or al-fresco in the gardens.
The Chef’s Table, a new dining experience, allows guests to use their senses and see, taste and smell the wide variety of ingredients that go into the ‘Culinary Adventure Menu’ comprising 11 courses (£120.00) as selected by Gareth Ward. The Chef’s Table is located inside the kitchen, so guests really do have a front row seat into all the action.
Ynyshir Hall remains a magical place for serious eating and is the finest dining destination in Wales.
Eglwysfach, Powys, Wales, SY20 8TA Telephone: 01654 781209 Twitter @ynyshirhall