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Watkins and Co. at the Empire

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The Empire Hotel | Church Walks, Llandudno LL30 2HE, Wales
+44 (0)1492 860555
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Watkins Co restaurant in Llandudno is an equation that comes out right...
Watkins Co restaurant in Llandudno is an equation that comes out right every time. Take an award-winning restaurant, set it in one of Llandudno���s top hotels, create an historic Victorian dining stuffed with formal elegance, add in an inventive chef with a dab hand at classic favourites and it���s elementary -- Watkins is a hit. Half the menu is seasonal, locally-sourced a la carte deliciousness, while the other half is a daily-changing table d���hote menu offering excellent value. People love the home-made lasagne and the daily roast, but we recommend the more inventive creations, too. Watkins Co���s service, impressive children���s menu and a pocket-friendly wine list get top marks.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 149
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fabulous Steak and Smoked Salmon

The Fillet Steak was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth, BEAUTIFUL. The smoked Salmon was beautiful, the staff are so helpful, some have been there for over 20 years, that is how long I have been going to this restaurant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
Jane S
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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222 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The Fillet Steak was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth, BEAUTIFUL. The smoked Salmon was beautiful, the staff are so helpful, some have been there for over 20 years, that is how long I have been going to this restaurant.

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ashton
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The food was good the presentation was outstanding. Friendly and helpful staff. The variety on the menu and knowledge of the food by the staff was very good.

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North Wales
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Family were staying with us for the weekend. After shopping for a couple of hours in Llandudno we decided to go for lunch at the Empire Hotel as my husband and I often eat here on a weekend. The bistro bar is very comfortable and several tables were already taken when we arrived but we were fortunate to have a... More 

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We had our club christmas lunch here. Fantastic All courses were scrumptious, hot and the pastry on the mince pies was short sweet and buttery, lovely, (I dont like the filling)

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The restaurant has a lovely feel to it and the food was beautiful and extremely good value. The staff were lovely and helpful. I would definitely recommend this and they provide gluten free meals!

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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Having eaten here on a few occasions I have to say our party of 5 were slightly disappointed by some of tonights service.upon arrival a member of our party was gifted a bouquet of flowers.upon asking reception if tbey could possibly find a home for them whilst we ate we we told No. We then requested our drinks be added... More 

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South Staffs
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This restaurant is excellent for its high standard of food and good value for money. We were staying for a four day mini break and one evening my husband had sea bass which he said was the best he had ever tasted. We had a harpist during our Sunday lunch which was a lovely touch and made the ambience very... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
381 reviews 381 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The restaurant is named after one of the shops that was in the original shopping arcade, which was the original use of the building back in the 19th century. The food was very nice. It was good value, but the people were great. A nice touch was the Welsh harpist who played delightful background music while we dined on Sunday... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We stay at The Empire 3-4 times a year we carnt get enough of this place the food is fantastic especially the beautiful fall off the bone lamb shank in the years i have been staying and eating here i have never once been disappointed love it !

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St Helens
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Just finished eating at the Watkins Restaurant. Nice food, reasonable price but 40 minutes for a 4 course meal wow! Felt like they could'nt get you out of the place quick enough, no atmosphere felt like school canteen, would not bother again. Disappointing!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Empire Hotel | Church Walks, Llandudno LL30 2HE, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  North Wales  >  Conwy County  >  Llandudno
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1492 860555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 76 - 76
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

Watkins Co restaurant in Llandudno is an equation that comes out right every time. Take an award-winning restaurant, set it in one of Llandudno���s top hotels, create an historic Victorian dining stuffed with formal elegance, add in an inventive chef with a dab hand at classic favourites and it���s elementary -- Watkins is a hit. Half the menu is seasonal, locally-sourced a la carte deliciousness, while the other half is a daily-changing table d���hote menu offering excellent value. People love the home-made lasagne and the daily roast, but we recommend the more inventive creations, too. Watkins Co���s service, impressive children���s menu and a pocket-friendly wine list get top marks.

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