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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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Seasonal cooking in a scene of pastoral contentment

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The Chowns' restaurant with rooms has been a fixture of the northwest Wales dining scene since the 1980s. The dining room is a fresh, airy space with mint-green walls hung with artworks, a barewood floor and elegant high-backed chairs. A fine smoked haddock tart with lemon-dressed fennel and watercress salad is an appealing opener, its pastry excellent, the filling beautifully balanced. Main courses might deliver sea bass in the Asian style, with crab, ginger and pak choi in lemongrass sauce. A satisfying chocolate trio to finish comprises dark mousse, a chocolate-pastried tart and a quenelle of white chocolate ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: December to February
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Saturday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Chris Chown, Hugh Bracegirdle

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 121
  • Wines over £30: 190
  • Wines by the glass: 45

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


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

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

On A497, 1 mile west of Pwllheli.

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Pwllheli Station
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