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Feathers Royal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Aberaeron
Certificate of Excellence
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great value on italian night”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Visited here recently whilie staying in Aberaeron , had heard mixed views but decided to give it a go. really glad we did good value for money excellent food and very nice surroundings . would certainly recommend if you are visiting

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lee159, Owner at Feathers Royal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you for your review, it is very rewarding to hear that although you had heard mixed reviews you came to try the Feathers and found the food excellent - we hope you will return soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2012

The last time I ate here (15 years ago?) it was so awful that I swore I'd never come back.

However, finding myself in Aberaeron and needing food, and with no tables available in any other restaurant in town, my local companion persuaded me that the refurbished Feathers is much improved and I should give it another try. I was pleasantly surprised, but not wowed by the experience.

On the plus side, we were able to get a table at short notice, and the food was good value.

A few small improvements and we'd have a had a really memorable meal.

After we'd ordered, I looked at my knife and it looked as if somebody had used it to unscrew something - the end of the blade was all twisted. Whoever laid the table should have disposed of it, and put an undamaged one out.

The goat's cheese starter - with fruit and a honey dressing on leaves - was fabulous, really lovely combination of flavours and colours on the plate. 10/10

The slow cooked belly pork was a bit disappointing - it didn't have the tenderness or unctuousness of slow cooked pork, it was actually pretty chewy and hard to cut though as it was in a thick chunk.The slow cooked belly pork I do at home is much more tender and juicier.

The crackling had been cooked so much that I feared for my teeth so was disappointed to have to leave it. The accompanying broccoli was cold - and I did try that before anything else on the plate. The apple sauce, parsnip mash and potato mash were all really lovely. 7/10

For pudding, the creme brulee was fantastic, but for my taste, the griottine cherries were a rather overpowering accompaniment. 9/10

I think we were forgotten between starter and main, we waited rather too long, but we were in a side room and the restaurant was very busy, so I can understand how easily it could happen.

A little more attention to detail and this could be a really great place to eat. Given the competition in this town, if it wants to do well, this restaurant needs to work just a little harder.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Lee159, Owner at Feathers Royal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you given the hotel a second chance after 15 years, and we are sorry we did not get it quite right, your points have been noted, and hopefully you will return soon.
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aberaeron
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I am a local and would very much recommend this hotel.
We have many visitors and they LOVE the Feathers as a hotel. We eat there as often as we can meals are fantastic.. always. Good portions, well presented, even if you have a jacket potato at lunch time!
People who have reviewed and moaned about the service should sit back and chill, if you want snappy, impersonal service..... drive 22 miles to MacDonalds. It's a great, firendly, well run Hotel.... Try it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Lee159, Owner at Feathers Royal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoy the food and service at the Feathers, and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Shropshire
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49 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2012

2nd time at this hotel,lovely location at top of town short walk to harbour and shops. Newly refurbished bathroom, nice bedroom at front of hotel. Food excellent but portions far too large, cooked breakfast to order none of that buffet rubbish. Well worth staying just a pity that they do not serve real ale in the bar.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank pemcer
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Lee159, Owner at Feathers Royal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you have visited us before and hope that we can continue to be of service to you in the future.
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Caerleon, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2012

This is a really nice hotel,my wife and i had a meal there one night during our stay in Aberaeron.It was a lovely meal and excellent service by the staff.It would be a smashing place to stay,but it is little pricey for us,unless they do special offers in the winter months.Also they have their own car park which is a boon in Aberaeron.It is advisable to book if you want to dine at the Feathers.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank bobbydazzler_10
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Lee159, Owner at Feathers Royal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed the food and service at the hotel. In the Winter months we run some superb DBB Breaks which are shown on our webiste, or you can phone us for our latest offers. I hope you will come and stay with us soon.
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Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We went there with two friends for Sunday carvery and the food was excellent,big portions and the quality was top notch,friendly staff and a great manager,could do with bigger plates !!
Try and go in the "new section" a bit more room

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Martin T
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Lee159, Owner at Feathers Royal Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed our Carvery Sunday Lunch which goes from strength to strength. The plates are not the largest, but you can refill them as many times as you want - hope to see you again soon.
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Luton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 26, 2012

I thought the rooms were beautiful and the beds were wonderfully comfortable. My evening meal was superb - I had the veggie option. It's worth noting that they don't have wireless internet but you can get broadband by borrowing a cable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Feathers Royal Hotel
Address: Alban Square, Aberaeron SA46 0AQ, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Aberaeron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Aberaeron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Feathers Royal Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 13
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