In case you didn’t realise, ‘restaurants with rooms’ are to 2018 what ’boutique hotels’ were to 2017.
There’s been a real explosion in the culture of eating out across the UK.
No longer is London the only place to go for fine dining, as more people across the country are acquiring a taste for fancier dinners some of the most talented chefs in the Big Smoke have been escaping their hectic city lives for a piece of the countryside, with many of them finding quiet spots in Wales to settle down.
Whilst everyone can appreciate a well-cooked meal, it’s arguable that it’s hard to truly enjoy a meal without a decent bottle of wine to accompany it with.
Most fine dining restaurants offer a wine pairing with their dishes, but as many of these eateries are often in the middle of nowhere some diners have always had to restrain themselves so that a designated driver can make the journey back safely. Thankfully, this kind of restraint can now be put on the back-burner (for special occasions – of course!) as many restaurants have started offering rooms for the night, saving drivers the hassle of watching their drinking and no doubt boosting their checks at the same time…
These restaurants with rooms have been ahead of the curve for some time and have perfected their craft as a result – check in for dinner and then roll straight into bed, after a couple of whiskys first, of course:
Castle Cottage Harlech
There’s something to be said about a hospitality team that has succeeded for over 25 years and that’s exactly what Glyn & Jacqueline Roberts have done at the Castle Cottage Harlech, a very well established restaurant which happens to be just 50 metres away from the castle which it takes its name from. Glyn has been serving up an ever-changing seasonal menu since their doors opened and offers a reasonably priced tasting menu at just £45 per head.
The rooms at the Cottage are tastefully decorated with large, plush beds and more than enough space for you and your partner to stretch out. Many of these rooms offer excellent views of the historical village and are a mercifully short distance from the restaurant. One night’s stay in one of their rooms with breakfast included costs £65pp per night.
You’ve probably not heard of head chef Bryan Webb before and that’s just how he likes it. After spending over 40 years cooking, Bryan has developed a reputation purely based on his excellent cooking skills and innovation, rather than any flashy TV deals. The quality shows in the assured nature with which his staff serve up their Michelin-star level food and this standard is carried across to the rooms that are housed in the same stunning building.
Although the country home is certainly dominated by an opulent aura, you can still take advantage of some deals here for couples. A one night stay with a three-course dinner for two (including breakfast) starts at £160pp. Whilst this might seem steep, it’s worth considering the quality level of service that is provided by the excellent staff here. As far as attractions in north Wales go, this is one of the finest.
The Kinmel Arms
Just tucked to the side of the North Wales Expressway this charming, traditional pub has been a celebrated eating spot for years and now it can add successful hotel to its resume, along with 2 Rosettes and recognition from the Good Food Guide. Owned by business owner Lynn Cunnah-Watson, it’s the perfect stop off on the way to the North Wales coast but when the food and drink is this good, it would be almost foolish not to stay the night.
The menu at The Kinmel Arms is bursting with locally sourced food and, whilst never straying too far away from pub classics, it’s always executed to a tee. The same can be said about their boutique rooms, each of which is available to stay in with the option of including dinner and breakfast from as little as £195 for a couple. Stop for dinner and breakfast, pick up one of their gorgeous hampers and head on your merry way for a day’s walking on the coast.