Castle Cottage

Harlech, Gwynedd

At the top of one of the world’s steepest streets, Glyn and Jacqueline Roberts’s restaurant-with-rooms occupies two 16th-century buildings above Edward I’s formidable castle (faint hearts, take the High Street route). More

Good Hotel Guide Review

At the top of one of the world’s steepest streets, Glyn and Jacqueline Roberts’s restaurant-with-rooms occupies two 16th-century buildings above Edward I’s formidable castle (faint hearts, take the High Street route). Guide readers were welcomed by chef/patron Glyn, ‘a natural in the hospitality business’. The focus is very much on food, but the ‘excellent’ bedrooms have ‘comfort as well as charm’, contemporary decor and modern oak furniture contrasting with original features. Some have a bath with shower over, others a bath and shower, and perhaps a view of sea, castle or Mount Snowdon. They are supplied with biscuits and fresh milk. Drinks and ‘delicious’ canapés are served in a beamed bar with a log-burning fire. ‘The menus are seasonal, and preference is given to local produce, from the sea as well as the farm’ – maybe duet of Welsh beef, or goujons of sole in herb and almond crust. At dinner, any reservations about loud music in the bar and elaborate menu descriptions were ‘routed by the quality of the meal’. Don’t be late for your breakfast kipper; check-out is at 10.30 am. (SM, AM, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Y Llech
Harlech
Gwynedd
LL46 2YL
Wales

Telephone

01766 780479

Bedrooms

7. 4 in annexe, 2 on ground floor.

Open

Open Thurs–Sat in mid-Feb and March, Wed–Sat April–Oct.

Facilities

bar/lounge, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in bar and restaurant at mealtimes.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £85–£125, double £130–£175. Set menus £39–£42, tasting menu £45.