Ynyshir is a special place and it harbours Wales’s most exciting restaurant, spearheaded by young chef patron Gareth Ward, who achieved a Michelin star in under a year of his arrival four years ago. Ynyshir’s former owner knew that Gareth was destined for success and, together, their vision made the restaurant with ten vibrant yet soothing bedrooms, into a prime foodie destination, which Gareth maintains today. Amongst his menus, simple but flavour-packed dishes are presented on two extended three-hour dinner menus, with some unexpected culinary fireworks, including fun with liquid nitrogen and superb wines to match. Nearby Ynyslas beach and the dramatic mountains and valleys surrounding Ynyshir are perfect for stretching the legs after a delicious meal. It is in the surrounding area that the chefs forage ingredients that are used in the kitchen and upon which lambs graze. Doubles from £150.
Name to Know: Chef patron, Gareth. Ask him for his insight into modern cooking techniques and the best places to forage in the local area.
See: Explore the Ynys-Hir RSPB nature reserve just five minutes walk away.
Eat: Experience Gareth Ward’s unforgettable multi-course dinner menus in the newly refurbished restaurant.
Buy: Richard Smith from Cambrian Safaris offers guided tours to lesser known areas in and around the Cambrian Mountains taking in dramatic landscapes, local history, grand estates and Welsh wildlife.
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