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“A Memorable Dining Experience at The Drawing Room”
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Drawing Room
Ranked #17 of 25 Restaurants in Builth Wells
Price range: $61 - $61
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A Memorable Dining Experience at The Drawing Room”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

You will not be disappointed when dining at the Drawing Room.

A well balanced menu, made up using local, fresh ingredients equals perfection on a plate. Superbly cooked, fantastically presented and flavours to die for. You can even read the place mats between courses!!!!

Highly recommended

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Sue O
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English first
Winchcombe, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Superb food & service”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

It would be very difficult to fault the food and service in the Drawing Room. Not having a sweet palate I was particularly impressed with the capuccino mousse and would also recommend the tournedos of beef. There was a choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts (with a chees as an extra option). The quality of cooking was maintained at breakfast where there was a choice of several cooked dishes in addition to the standard English (excellent) and a very impressive fresh fruit muesli. The restaurant is very small - eight covers - and so the ambience is quite intimate and for a mid-week booking you could easily find yourselves dining alone. Personally I would have preferred some fresh fruit or cereal at breakfast in addition to a cooked dish and, although we didn't have a problem with eating times, I can imagine some people not being happy at being offered a choice of either 7.00 or 8.00. The accommodation is fine but this is a place to visit primarily for the food and for you to fall in with Colin and Melanie's ideas for serving it.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank martinb53
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Builth Wells, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Restarunt review”
Reviewed June 9, 2012 via mobile

By far the best food in the area (20 miles around Builth) - fantastic food and service every time without exception. Very personal friendly service. All home cooked with finest ingredients. No compromise on any aspect of the whole place with every fine detail considered.

1 Thank BuilthFoodie
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Swansea, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious food, excellent service”
Reviewed June 8, 2011

If you want a delightful experience, try this lovely restaurant. you will not find better service anywhere. Mealanie Dawson and her husband Colin are excellent hosts. Melanie could not be more helpful and she and Colin produce the delicious food on offer. The atmosphere in the reataurant is very calm and relaxed. You can enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the comfortable leather sofas in the lounge. Try the lamb or guinea fowl which we particularly enjoyed. There are three bedrooms so that you do not have to drink and drive. We slept well in the comfortable Otis and thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast. The berry muesli was sensational and I would go back just for that!. So if you fancy a great evening out, try the Drawing Room.

  • Visited May 2011
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Thank veebee21
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Galloping gastronomes”
Reviewed April 5, 2011

We booked via the Times promotion for Mr&MrsSmith hotels. If you do a Google street view search don't be fooled by the exterior, plain Welsh and grey inside in a real treasure trove of delights. The front door opens straight into a split parlour both very well decorated with cozy armchairs and real wood burning fires. Melanie is the perfect host but Colin is a man of mystery! A little bell gets her attention every time and no request is too much trouble. 5 bedrooms so a max of 10 people and no kids under 12 I believe. During our stay there were three couples and we all rubbed along nicely. But a full house might feel a little tight but who knows. Walls are functional for a guest house but not sound proofed so amorous couples beware we might all know your pet names by breakfast time!
The food, well what can I say to convey how delicious this was. I think it's fair to say C&M pay attention to detail. Sourcing some of the most lucious foodstuffs and preparing then with a twist. You must try the shallot in pastry with the black beef and horse radish cream. This would be my Desert Island luxury.
Starters and desserts both again were imaginative and filling. My wife loved the sticky toffee pudding and my lemon creme brûlée just divine.
Coffee served with truffles .... These need a health warning they are melt in the mouth gorgeous.
Our room was bijou but again they had spared no expense with under floor heating in the shower / toilet with very good water pressure to blow away those city blues.
I think there should be a picture of Colin as he was definitely the man of mystery throughout our stay.
If you want a delightful, cozy, peaceful B&B that serves exquisite food then this is the place in Newbridge on Wye.
Check in, tune out and let the world pass you by.

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Thank LordLucan2010
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