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AA Pub of the Year (Wales) 2016–17

Penhelig Arms

About the award
The winners of this prestigious award, introduced in 2001, stand out as truly excellent all-round pubs or inns. They successfully combine the provision of enjoyable food, a great pub atmosphere and a warm welcome with a high standard of management.

Penhelig Arms

Rich text aa pub of the year wales 2016 2017Located just over the road from the Dyfi Estuary where small boats are anchored, the ever-popular Penhelig Arms commands wonderful views. The estuary forms part of the Ynyslas National Nature Reserve, the feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and a birdwatchers’ paradise.

Within the Snowdonia National Park, Aberdyfi has long been a popular resort for those seeking both the sea and the mountains. Originally a modest row of fishermen’s cottages, the Penhelig Arms became an inn serving travellers and the local community around 1870.

Today, it’s definitely a great meeting place – the wood-panelled and log fire warmed Fisherman’s Bar is a cosy and friendly bolt-hole for enjoying a pint of Brains ale, a glass of wine or a bite to eat. Alternatively, you can head for the brasserie-style dining room to gaze out over the shimmering water while enjoying award-winning dishes; prior booking is highly recommended for a meal here.

The menus showcase the very best Welsh produce the chef can find, and the seafood, lamb and beef should all receive a particular mention. When the sun is shining, the sea-wall terrace is a popular place to sit and relax. If you are stopping over, the inn has smart, individually designed en-suite bedrooms – the largest being loft-style accommodation on two levels with a private terrace. Throughout the inn, the friendly staff will always go the extra mile to make any visit memorable. All in all, Penhelig Arms is a worthy winner.

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Previous winners
2015 – The Kinmel Arms
2014 – Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd
2013 – The Groes Inn, Conwy
2012 – The Inn at Penallt, Monmouth
2011 – The White Hart Village Inn, Llangybi
2010 – The Swan Inn
2009 – The Queen’s Head
2008 – The Bush Inn, Vale of Glamorgan