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AA Wine Award (Wales) 2017-18
AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Daring contemporary cooking amid birdsong and ancient trees

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Hidden away in splendid gardens within a 1,000-acre RSPB reserve on the Dovey Estuary, Ynyshir was once owned by Queen Victoria, who planted many of the now mature trees to encourage birdlife to the estate. The place has long been known as one of the top gastronomic destinations in Wales, with a contemporary dining room that’s easy on the eye, and chef-patron Gareth Ward's culinary magic playing the lead role. After a three-year stint at Sat Bains in Nottingham, he brings with him that inventive and forward-looking chef's ethos of weaving intricate combinations of flavours, texture and temperature. Ingredients of the highest order, including produce from the hall's gardens and foraged wild ingredients, form the basis of tersely-worded nine- and 17-course tasting menus. Opening the show, 'Not French onion soup' is made from Japanese dashi stock flavoured with onion oil, diced tofu, pickled shallots, sea vegetables, onion and miso purée and brown butter croûtons, while mackerel comes in a vibrant sea-fresh partnership with bramble and sorrel. Elsewhere, duck liver comes with Cox’s apple and smoked eel, while salted plums and shiso are used to enhance wild duck. Melt-in-the-mouth Welsh Wagyu beef stars in a complex three-part presentation: in a 'burger' with shallots and sesame seeds, glazed with soy sauce and Marmite and matched with pickled shiitaki mushrooms, and in a deeply-flavoured beef 'fudge'. After that, white chocolate and black bean provides a crossover dish before desserts such as miso treacle tart, rhubarb with marjoram and rice, or a thoroughly deconstructed take on tiramisù.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 6 weeks during the year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Gareth Ward

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 65
  • Wines by the glass: 22

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 16
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 6
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 16
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 6

Getting here

On A487, 6 miles south of Machynlleth

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