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.
This whitewashed former coaching inn dating from the 19th century, with a stunning Snowdonia backdrop, offers sanctuary to walkers, climbers and families. The property’s transformation into a modern hostelry has been a real labour of love for Rachel Roberts and her team.
Rachel started by offering a number of bunkhouse-style rooms, albeit of a high quality, but the market demand changed so she has diversified her business model and now operates as a bed and breakfast with only one bunkhouse room remaining. The welcoming interior has plenty of charm and you can eat in the bar and bistro – Y Bryn, meaning The Hill – and look forward to enjoying homely dishes based on a good amount of regional produce and prepared with care. There’s a touch of modernity in the kitchen’s output.
After a long day walking around the Snowdonia National Park, there is nothing better than returning here for great real ales, award-winning food and comfortable, stylish accommodation. For the staff, nothing is ever too much trouble and the team are always happy to give advice on the best places to visit, the best walks and will even provide a picnic for a day out on the mountains.
Previous winners2016 – Penhelig Arms
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