Food and Accommodation in and around the Dyfi Valley.

You can find truly excellent quality and good value for money but, as with anywhere, if you don't know your way around it's all too easy to make a mistake and be disappointed. So this is by no means an exhaustive listing, but just places that I've visited and would return to or, just occasionally, that I have not yet visited but that have been enthusiastically recommended personally to me. They are all in or within easy reach of the Dyfi Valley. However, please be aware that I may not have checked all of them recently, and I take no responsibility for their current state! Sorted in alphabetical order; location first, then name of establishment.

Location Name Food Accommodation  Comments
Aberaeron Harbourmaster
Hotel
http://www.harbour
-master.com/
Excellent lunchtime and evening menu - a real quality place to eat. Yes. Overlooks the harbour. Bustling pub bar one side, a light and airy dining room on the other, and now a sizable extension, with plenty of informal seating. The food is very good indeed, and the fish as fresh as you could possibly want. Go there!
Aberdyfi Penhelig Arms
http://www.penhelig
arms.com
Formal dining room, with excellent food and wide wine list. Very good bar menu. Well-appointed en-suite bedrooms and residents' lounge. Extension includes a self-catering cottage. The best place to stay in Aberdyfi, and we've stayed there a number of times. Has received many awards, including Best Seafood Pub in Wales. At least 2 Real Ales on tap. Very busy in summer season.
Aberdyfi Trefeddian Hotel http://www.tref
wales.com/
Full range of meals. Afternoon tea available for non-residents. 3-star hotel. Situated just outside Aberdyfi. Very attentive service, panoramic views of the sea from the large comfortable lounge. Caters especially well for the disabled.
Aberystwyth Belle Vue Hotel
http://www.bellevue
royal.co.uk/
Two restaurants, one formal. We've stayed there and the service is good. Rooms spacious if a little "traditional" in decor. 3 star hotel on sea front. Quality of the food is variable. We've had good meals there, and some disappointing ones, but the last time it was fine again. Hancocks and guest beer.
Aberystwyth  Gannets Traditional menu, with fresh fish as available. No.  Long-standing reputation, a bit old-fashioned, but clearly popular. Informal and friendly service. Fresh trout was good when we visited, but vegetables could have been better presented.
Aberystwyth The Orangery. Wide menu, with a number of daily specials No. Ate there twice in this light and airy restaurant after it had settled down under new management and enjoyed the lunchtime food. Friendly and efficient service.
Aberystwyth Pen Dinas Restaurant, National Library
of Wales
http://www.llgc
.org.uk/
A range of hot lunches, salads, sandwiches, snacks, etc. No. Self-service cafeteria; excellent value.
Aberystwyth Treehouse Organic
Foodshop &
Restaurant
http://www.treehouse
wales.co.uk/
Breakfast and lunchtime menu. Wide range of hot snacks and main meals, incl vegan. No. Good food, good value, very popular, homespun/bare boards type of place. Have returned many times, and will do so again.
Borth Boulders Cafe Drinks, cakes, snacks, etc. No. Situated above the modern Nisa shop. Clean, bright, airy.
Borth Heulwen B&B.
Phone: 01970-
871659
e-mail: sfsayer
@aol.com
Good breakfast. High quality B&B in Borth. Quiet at night. Recommended to us by local friends. Stayed there a number of times, and you won't find a better B&B locally. Rooms exceptionally well-appointed, and the Family Room at the front is especially good.
Borth Railway Inn. Useful menu, including some vegetarian options. No. Quite a large separate dining area to one side of the bar. Friendly service.
Borth The Victoria. Good pub grub. ? Has had a facelift and is far more restful on the eye now than it was before.
Bow Street Welsh Black Good pub grub. ----- Especially popular for evening meals. Felinfoel beer.
Capel Bangor  Ty'n Llidiart Arms Wide-ranging menu, with interesting specials on blackboard. No.  Tardis-like place: looks like a tiny pub from the outside, but spacious and nicely furnished restaurant upstairs. Had a good meal there; service was good, and we'll definitely return. Brews its own beer, but often runs out. (Plenty of other beers available!) Ceredigion Pub of the Year 2006.
nr. Ceinws Eco Retreats
http://www.ecoretreats.co.uk/index
----- Tipis and a yurt deep in the forest, with a healing session thrown in. I have to admit to not having stayed at here yet, but I'm working on my wife! This sounds idyllic, and a chance to unwind, away from our hectic lives. Why not give it a try?
Cemmaes Penrhos Arms I've no first-hand knowledge, but I've been told that the food is good. 5 rooms. -----
Corris Corris Craft
Centre Cafe

http://www.corriscraftcentre.com/
Snacks, cakes, and a range of lunches. No. Handy place to stop for a break, and especially busy when it's wet and the visitors desert the beaches.
Derwenlas Black Lion Inn Said to do good Sunday roasts. ----- Tiny pub.
Dinas
Mawddwy
Llew Coch/
Red Lion
http://www.llew
coch.co.uk/
Basic pub grub; very popular Sunday roasts. 6 rooms 300+ horse brasses in bar, and a famous 450 year old table. Function rooms. Popular with walkers. Draught Bass.
Dinas
Mawddwy
Meirion Mill
Coffee Shop
Snacks, cakes, drinks, salads, hot dish of the day, etc. No. Located within a cavernous shop which specialises in Welsh goods. Good value hot dish of the day, and glad to see that they've now reduced the cost of a slice of Bara Brith.
Dylife Star Inn Quite a wide menu for such a remote location. Yes. Not a great deal of investment in the decor of the place, but perfectly acceptable food - and anyway, there's nowhere else for miles.
nr Eglwysfach Ty'r Beudy,
Cymerau
http://www.kite
valleycottage.co.uk/
----- Self-catering cottage. Not stayed there yet, but have every reason to believe it to be good.
Eglwysfach Plas Mawr ----- High quality B&B. Not stayed there, but it has been very highly recommended by people in the know.
Eglwysfach Ynyshir Hall Hotel Stupendous - and suitably expensive - food, in a hotel that has won many awards. 3-star country house hotel in magnificent grounds with superb views. Exceptionally well-appointed, and - from the evidence of a rogues' gallery in the reception area - frequented by the famous.
Llanbrynmair Machinations
http://www.handson
courses.org.uk/index.htm
Breakfasts, various hot lunches, snacks, cakes, etc. No. Easy to spot because of an enormous mechanical dragon at the entrance. A wonderworld of mechanical toys and automata, with lots of buttons to push and intriguing kits to buy. Kids will love watching the rabbits in warren outside.
Machynlleth,
just off the
road to Pennal.
Dolgelynen Farm.
See:
http://www.dolgelynenfarmhouse.co.uk/
Excellent breakfasts. A small number of well- appointed en- suite rooms. Guests' lounge, complete with a Welsh harp! An imposing 300 year old farmhouse, set on a rise just above the River Dyfi, with fine views. A friendly and genuinely Welsh welcome, total peace, and privileged walking access to the riverbank for their guests. 
Pantlludw,
Machynlleth,
just off the
road to Pennal.
Yr Hen Stablau.
http://www.self
catering
cottagewales.co.
uk/index.htm
Self-catering. Newly-converted stable block overlooking the Dyfi valley. Set in peaceful woods within the grounds of the big house. Very high quality eco-friendly accommodation for up to 6 people. We've stayed here and can confirm the exceptionally high quality and thoughtfulness that has gone into the conversion. Highly recommended!
Machynlleth Y Gegin Fach Simple lunches, snacks, cakes, coffee, etc. No. Useful location on Maengwyn St.
Machynlleth Bwyty'r Plas, Machynlleth Have now been back there since it re-opened under new management, and am relieved to say that it's fine. A varied menu of good food, ranging from soups and sandwiches to a sensible selection of hot meals, all freshly prepared. They also advertise "speciality" evenings. No. The Plas has undergone a transformation in its role since Celtica foundered, and this restaurant deserves to succeed.
Machynlleth Plas Dolguog Hotel
http://www.plasdolguog.co.uk/
Interesting and varied menu. 6 comfortable rooms. Attentive service, large dining room, cosy lounge and separate bar area. Set in its own grounds overlooking the Dyfi Valley, and with a sculpted Peace Garden. Accommodation was being extended when we visited.
Machynlleth Quarry Cafe
http://www.cat.org.uk/qsqc/qsqc.tmpl
Good vegetarian wholefood cafe. No. Busy, bustling place in main street. Absolutely no pretensions, but very good value.
Machynlleth White Lion Hotel
http://www.white
lionhotel.co.uk/
Wide ranging menu, from sandwiches to good value roast dinners. Yes, but rather basic. Busy hotel near the Town Clock, with friendly and efficient service. Bar & separate restaurant area. Could do with a bit of sprucing up. Well-hidden beer garden at the rear. Banks's plus guest beers.
Machynlleth Wynnstay Arms Hotel
http://www.wynnstay-hotel.com/
By far the best food in town. Adventurous and regularly changing menu, making good use of excellent quality local ingredients. 3 star hotel, with rooms designated "Standard", "Superior" and "Special". It's our first choice Machynlleth hotel, and we've stayed there many times. Situated on main street - Maengwyn St. Small bar with guest beers, a big log fire in winter, an informal eating area that to my mind is spot-on, and a separate restaurant. Regularly wins prestigious awards. National award-winning Pizzeria at the back, which is worth visiting.
Machynlleth Ysgubor Newydd, Machynlleth.
See:
http://www.wales.little-places.co.uk/hotels/Ysgubor_Newydd
Self-catering. Sleeps 4 in one double-bedded and one twin-bedded room. In the centre of
Machynlleth, at
the back of Royal
House. Exceptionally high quality conversion of a 15th Century town dwelling, with a superb open-plan living room/kitchen.
Mallwyd Brigands Inn Not visited since they had a major makeover, but I'm told that the food - esp Sunday lunch - is good. Six double bedrooms, two twins, a single and a family room. Reportedly, service is usually very good, although it can slip at times. Always at least one guest ale on the bar.
Pantperthog Centre for Alternative
Technology (CAT).
http://www.cat.org.uk/
A very wide range of self-service lunches and tasty snacks, salads, etc. No. Situated within CAT. Good value for money.
Pennal Riverside Hotel Fair range of food, lunchtimes and evenings. Yes, renovated en-suite rooms. Limited choice of two roasts on a Sunday lunchtime, of good quality. Tetley's beer, amongst others.
Rhydypennau,
Bow Street.
Pennau Craft
& Coffee
Shop
http://www.
craftshop
wales.co.uk
Range of cakes, sandwiches, snacks, fresh salad bar and hot meals. No. Always a pleasure to return to.
Rhydypennau,
Bow Street
Rhydypennau Inn Yes. ----- Not been there since another change of management.
Ponterwyd  George Borrow Hotel Bistro and separate restaurant with a wide menu. Yes - a 2 Star Hotel.  Not at all what you might expect from the rather ordinary outside. They don't make much of the historical connection with George Borrow, but instead have filled the bars with an odd selection of curios. The bistro and bars are rather garishly painted in bright colours, but the food was fine.
nr Ponterwyd  Nant yr Arian Forest
Centre
Snacks, light meals. No.  Excellent clean new "eco-building" set in beautiful forest surroundings with glorious views. At 3pm (2pm during the winter) they feed the re-introduced Red Kites, and on one trip I counted in excess of 70 of these magnificent birds. Not to be missed for this reason, although they could do just a bit better with the quality of their food for the human vsitors.
Pontrhydfendigaid  Black Lion.
http://www.blacklionhotel.co.uk/ 
Good evening meals. Yes - in coach house annex.  2004: just about to experience new management.
Felinfoel beer. 
Pontrhydygroes

Hillscape Walking
Holidays
http://www.wales-
walking.co.uk

Reportedly hearty breakfasts, packed lunches, afternoon tea, evening meals. Vegetarians catered for. Yes. Specialist walkers' holidays from guesthouse accommodation.
Talbontdrain Talbontdrain
Guest House
http://www.
talbontdrain
.co.uk
Reportedly excellent cooking. Yes. Quiet rural location, 4 miles from Machynlleth. Popular with walkers.
Talyllyn Pen-y-Bont Hotel Wide-ranging menu, and vegetarian options. Yes, but not explored. Excellent location at southern end of lake, with two bars, a patio and a garden area. Efficient service.
Tregaron Talbot
http://www.talbothotel-tregaron.com/
Good pub grub. ----- Busy and friendly, with a Welsh- speaking dog.
Tre'r Ddôl Cletwr Cafe Under new management again - will check it out to see how it progresses. No. New modern decor, plenty of parking, and well-placed en route to the coast.
Tre'r Ddôl Wildfowler
http://www.thewild
fowler.co.uk/
Pub lunches and evening meals. Good Sunday lunch. ----- Popular for food with tourists and locals alike. Always has a good guest beer on draught.

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