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“Our romantic getaway” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castle Cottage Restaurant

Castle Cottage Restaurant
Y Llech, Harlech, Snowdonia National Park LL46 2YL, Wales
+44 1766 780479
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Ranked #4 of 17 Restaurants in Harlech
Price range: $55 - $71
Cuisines: Seafood, British, Welsh
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: We have steadily built up a reputation for good food, both locally and with visitors to the area. We source and use as much local / Welsh produce as possible and strive to create a dining experience that combines top quality local food and service with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We offer a 2 course or 3 course option as well as a 5 course tasting menu. We are the Mid Wales and overall winner for Wales of The True Taste Eating out Award for 2008/09.Visit Wales Gold Award 2011/12/13/14. National Restaurant Awards 2011 Top 100
scotland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Our romantic getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We returned for our fourth visit-sadly just as dinner guests but delighted to be back nonetheless. We arrived early for drinks in the bar and to savor delicious canapes, followed by an appetiser of a tiny cup of mushroom soup with a parmesan crouton. I wrestled with starters-Grilled fig or quail?! Plumped for the fig and wasn't disappointed-it came with melted blue cheese and some seriously powerful bacon lardons. There was no struggle with the main course-my husband had the steak-the best he's ever tasted has come from Castle cottage, he pretends to look at the menu but had decided before we walked in! I had the duck-a confit leg and a beautifully pink breast. Pudding was, as usual for me, the sorbets, including apple and calvados...perfect. We waddled out into the night at a disappointingly early 9.45 due to having to get a taxi home-but always best to leave wanting more. Thanks for another great night.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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owainHarlech, Owner at Castle Cottage Restaurant, responded to this review, May 9, 2014
Hi Wiggy2
Thank you for a cracking review on your 4th visit to us. We really appreciate the kind comments re our food and hospitality. I will pass on the great review of our steak to the butcher Hope to serve you both again soon
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York, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Wht did we wait so long?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

It's four years since we were in Harlech and ate here, but having recently returned we have reproached ourselves for not going back sooner. It is quite a special place, following faithfully as it does the tried and tested format. Just sitting in the bar with that view starts you off well. Even tho' we had remembered there were "treats", we were childishly pleased with the appetiser bouchons (scrummy) and the little soups. There is plenty of choice on the three course menu and everything speaks of the best of ingredients beautifully presented. It is relatively expensive but we must not wait another four years!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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owainHarlech, Owner at Castle Cottage Restaurant, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Hi Val C
Glad you came back after 4 years!!!!. Your review was worth waiting for, thank you for your kind comments. Hope to see you a bit sooner this time!!
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Just delightful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We were welcomed by the staff, and seated in a small waiting area which was relaxed and comfortable. Drinks were served, along with the order being taken. A little taster was provided and that really set the scene for things to come. When we went through to the table, there looked to be provision in the restaurant for about 30 people to dine without being cramped or having to overhear others conversations. The food was outstanding. None of this small and pretty stuff. Yes there was care taken with the presentation and it did look good on the plate, but it tasted even better than it looked! We started with the tureen and that was special, but you must try the Lamb we loved it. At roughly £40 for the food and the choice of some interesting new world wines The Castle Cottage provides excellent value for the money. We went at night and the Castle was floodlit and right on the doorstep, stunning.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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owainHarlech, Owner at Castle Cottage Restaurant, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Hi geoffSawbridgeworth
We are delighted with your review. Its great that you enjoyed our food, service and wines. We don't do 'London portions' at castle cottage, we hope to provide quality on the plate along with proper portions - probably best to have a light lunch if you are coming to dinner with us!

Looking forward to serving you both again soon, and you are right we are in a stunning part of the world
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41 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Second great evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We returned after our last meal with friends - always a stress in case they're not happy.
No problems - highlights included the sea food bisque, succulent lamb & fillet steak + zingy, New World wine at a reasonable price.
Well done guys - we will return!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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owainHarlech, Owner at Castle Cottage Restaurant, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Hi DavidBirmingham
Second visit - second great review!
Thank you for your comments re our food and wine prices, we do try our hardest to buy and source the best ingredients, so its great to read your endorsement of our policy!! looking forwad to serving you both again soon
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“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We often go here for a meal when friends stay with us.

Our last experience, a couple of weeks ago, was no different from all of the others. Glyn as ever was on top form in the Kitchen preparing some really outstanding dishes - you can always tell how good the food is as any conversation stops from the moment it is served and when finished you then need to be reminded what you were talking about!
Jacqueline was always on hand to look after us, from the moment we arrived, and made sure our glasses were always suitably charged - the Spanish Sauvignon Blanc from Rueda was a real treat.

We always leave feeling really spoilt!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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owainHarlech, Owner at Castle Cottage Restaurant, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Hi Tim W
Great to see you again, and thanks for the lovely review. Great to read you enjoyed our food, service and wines, we don't have a massive list (about 90 bins), but each wine on our list is something we would like to drink ourselves (on-going research!!). looking to serving you again soon
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