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Our top picks for places to eat and drink out around Penmaenpool

Bryn Hyfryd has a wealth of eating establishments within a few miles. Here are some of our favorites, be sure to keep a look out for additions to this list in the near future.

George III hotel, Penmaenpool

This estuary side hotel is a 2 minute walk from us at Bryn Hyfryd. The building dates back to 1650 and was built to serve the boat industry at Penmaenpool which was thriving at the time. When the Dolgellau rail branch line opened in the 1860's, part of the building became the Penmaenpool station. It remained a station until the lines closure in 1965. The signal post is still in place to this day.

The George (as it is affectionately known) underwent a major renovation in 2018 which saw it transformed into a tasteful venue for eating and drinking. In summer the terrace is a fantastic place to relax whilst soaking in the majestic Mawddach views. In winter the open fire and extensive wood of the dining area or snug make it a great place to escape the cold.

The George serves all of the gastro pub favourites, on an evening as well as fine sandwiches at lunch time. Also in the summer there is a cellar bar which serves light snacks. The beer too is always good. Booking recommended.

The Stag Inn, Dolgellau

We love the Stag for its simplicity, hospitality, great beer and even better pies!

The menu is pretty limited unless you like pies, and who doesn't? The pies are out of this world (there is a large selection) and are all served with mash (no chips here!), peas and lashings of rich gravy. Its hard to describe how good the food is so we recommend popping by and sampling for yourself.... you won't regret it!

Torrent Walk Inn, Dolgellau

This traditional inn is full of atmosphere. It has been a regular CAMRA award winner and their real ales are always fine. It is our personal favourite place for a drink.

The food is of the traditional pub classic variety, burgers, pies, steaks etc etc. Portions are very generous and quality excellent. We haven't sampled the Sunday lunch but here it is every bit as good as the evening meals.

Tafarn y Gadar, Dolgellau

We recently dined here as a birthday treat with friends. This really is an excellent alternative to pub grub. The tapas is exceptional and the staff are very helpful in assisting you to chose from the extensive menu. Its also excellent value for money. Booking recommended.

Y Meirionnydd, Dolgellau

For that special meal, you'll be hard pushed to find a better experience than dining at Y Meirionnydd. This historic hotel can trace its roots back to the 18th century when, before it was a hotel it was the county jail. The building is full of character and the dining ambience is superb aided by fabulous attention to detail by the hosts.

The food is Devine, sourced from local suppliers where possible which is all explained in the menu, a nice touch. The affogato desert is to die for! Value for money excellent especially considering the quality of the food. Advanced booking required.

Cross Foxes, Near Dolgellau

Situated a few miles from Dolgellau and just 10 minutes drive from Bryn Hyfryd. This impressively renovated hotel allows dining in either the bar, restaurant, or when weather permits a large raised terrace.

Food is of the Gastro pub variety and is always excellent. We especially like visiting the Cross Foxes for Sunday lunch which really is delicious. There is always a local real ale or two on tap too!

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