I've stayed here and eaten here before but a couple of days ago I went back for a meal. It's amazing how Nick & Louise are able to maintain such an overall high standard.
The food fully deserves its 2 AA Red Rosettes. It was well presented, pleasing to the eyes, smelt appetising and tasted very good. I shared two starters with my partner - a good risotto and a crab & avocado salad. Both very good. For mains I had a duck with coconut concoction and my partner Welsh lamb. The duck was delicious. My partners lamb was a little too rare for her tastes but that was sorted unquestioned. The lamb returned within 6 mins - perfect. We didn't have room for dessert but the choice was varied and interesting, it wasn't all chocolate. I would have liked to endulge. I did, however, have a cheese course.
Cheese courses are a massive rip off in most restaurants, not here. Elsewhere you usually get charged more than the cost of a dessert. Why? There is nothing to prepare. Just take the cheeses out of the cooler, allow them to warm, cut off what is usually a couple of extremely thin slices, place them on a fancy Villeroy & Bosch plate with perhaps some grapes, celery and chutney, and finally open some shop biscuits and place them in a bowl. Then they're taken to the table. What is the extra charge for? They don't actually make anty thing, in Michelin starred restaurants they might make the chutney and rarely the biscuits - then perhaps an extra charge is justified. But only if there is more work involved than making a tart tatin or a chocolate fondant or a good soufle.
Not at Nick's place. You pay £7 and go and help yourself to a choice of 5 cheeses, celery, grapes, chutney & biscuits. WELL DONE NICK! It's time that the management at lots of rip off restaurants looked at themselves in the mirror and asked themselves why they are overcharging their customers for the cheese course. Nick's cheese course is excellent value for money.
As for the hotel, well appointed with good views, clean, comfortable, with generous lounge space. A good children's play suite. Excellent grounds with an outdoor pool, and very, very quiet - no road noise- heaven!
This is Nick's place. It's been in his family for years. I like Nick, he is a dominant driving force who strives for perfection, he is not a wilting violet! If you follow my advice and visit for a meal or a stay or both, I hope you'll like him too. The Tocyn is a home from home.
- Also Known As:
- Porth Tocyn Hotel Bwlchtocyn
- Porth Tocyn Abersoch
- Porth Tocyn Hotel Abersoch