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
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
Formal dining room, which had a reputation for excellent food and wide wine list. It also had a very good bar menu. Well-appointed en-suite bedrooms and residents' lounge. Extension includes a self-catering cottage. This was always the best place to stay in Aberdyfi, and we returned a number of times. Its reputation plummeted when the family sold the business a few years ago, but recent reports are more encouraging.
Aberdyfi Trefeddian Hotel http://www.tref
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
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 Ultracomida
"Spanish Artisan Delicatessen" - wine merchant, deli and restaurant. No. Excellent reputation. Not visited yet, but will just as soon as we can.
Aberystwyth Pen Dinas Restaurant, National Library
of Wales
A range of hot lunches, salads, sandwiches, snacks, etc. No. Self-service cafeteria; excellent value.
Aberystwyth Treehouse Organic
Foodshop &
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
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. The owners are lovely people.
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.
nr. Ceinws Eco Retreats
----- 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
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 Popular for Sunday roasts. ----- 2012: Tiny pub, friendly people, useful lunctime menu.
Llew Coch/
Red Lion
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.
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,
----- 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. Luxury country house hotel in magnificent grounds with superb views. The original owners have now bought the hotel back. Expect great things of it!
Llanbrynmair Machinations
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.
just off the
road to Pennal.
Dolgelynen Farm.
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. 
just off the
road to Pennal.
Yr Hen Stablau.
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 Dyfiview B&B
Reportedly excellent breakfasts, vegetarian options. 2 guest bedrooms. Close in to town, on the flanks of Penrallt. 2012: continuing good reviews.
Machynlleth Snack Shack Sandwiches, baguettes, snacks. No. Behind the Clock Tower.
Machynlleth Y Gegin Fach Simple lunches, snacks, cakes, coffee, etc. No. Useful location on Maengwyn St.
Machynlleth Plas Dolguog Hotel
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. Many years since we last visited.
Machynlleth Quarry Cafe
Good vegetarian wholefood cafe. No. Busy, bustling place in main street. Absolutely no pretensions, but very good value.
Machynlleth White Lion Hotel
Wide ranging menu, from sandwiches to good value roast dinners. Yes, but basic. Busy hotel near the Town Clock, with friendly and efficient service. Bar & separate restaurant area. Really needs a bit of sprucing up. Well-hidden beer garden at the rear. Banks's plus guest beers.
Machynlleth Bwyty yr Plas
Plas Machynlleth!cafe
Basic menu - soup/sandwiches/baguettes, jacket potatoes, chippy things, etc.
As of 2012 it's open again, after various attempts to reinstate it after Celtica closed. Let's hope it succeeds this time.
Machynlleth Wynnstay Arms Hotel
Still, in 2012, by far the best food in town. Adventurous and regularly changing menu, making good use of excellent quality local ingredients. Quirky 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.
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).
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.
Bow Street.
Pennau Craft
& Coffee
Range of cakes, sandwiches, snacks, fresh salad bar and hot meals. No. Always a pleasure to return to.
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
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. 
Good evening meals. Yes - in coach house annex.  2004: just about to experience new management.
Felinfoel beer. 

Hillscape Walking

Reportedly hearty breakfasts, packed lunches, afternoon tea, evening meals. Vegetarians catered for. Yes. Specialist walkers' holidays from guesthouse accommodation.
Talbontdrain Talbontdrain
Guest House
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
Good pub grub. ----- Busy and friendly, with a Welsh- speaking dog.
Tre'r Ddôl Cletwr Cafe 2011 - 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
Pub lunches and evening meals. Good Sunday lunch. ----- Popular for food with tourists and locals alike. Always has a good guest beer on draught.