About the awardThe 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.
Located 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.
Previous winners2015 – 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