There is a vast difference between the joys of staying in the fairy tale village of Portmeirion (in our case the Watch House with its fantastic views over the hotel and estuary) and dining in the hotel restaurant. The food is just above average, but by no means reaches the exalted standard that other reviewers have claimed. For example, menu items are often not available (you are only told this after you order) and the Welsh lamb Omnitarian had on Friday night was shocking and needed to be cut with such force that the whole table rocked back and forth. The sparkling water and the white Dessert wine were barely below room temperature. The ‘Amuse-Bouche’ did not amuse and on both evenings was dull and pointless and a missed opportunity. The service in the evening is quite poor (we could barely suppress a giggle when the sommelier poured the wine with a cheery ‘say when’). The breakfast experience is also average, with peculiar tasting juices and otherwise standard fare. The staff are however more enthusiastic and professional than their colleagues in the evening. But did we enjoy our stay? Yes we did, the village, the walks, the views, the atmosphere are almost without comparison, but do not expect too much of the Hotel restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Portmeirion is a romantic seaside resort on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. It was opened by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926. Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit here in 1941. Patrick McGoohan filmed The Prisoner here in 1966-67. From 13-15 September 2013 Portmeirion will once again host Festival No6, a unique celebration of arts and music. Portmeirion is open every day all year and is suitable for all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Portmeirion Wales