My birthday is in December and my husband's in January. During the summer we spend our holidays walking in the Porthmadog area and it has become a tradition now to drive up to Castell in both December and January to celebrate our birthdays. (On a walking holiday we tend to not eat out at restaurants). This year we had to postpone our trip because Castell was closed for a few weeks, but we had dinner there this weekend. As always, the welcome was warm, as was the log fire! The staff are attentive without being overbearing and nothing is too much trouble for them. I had the black pudding fritters with apple chutney, my partner the arbroath smokies baked with tomato and cream. Both were superb. For main course, my partner had the rib eye steak with hand cut chips - welsh beef of course, perfectly cooked and as tender as butter. I had the sea bass on a bed of lentils with smoked bacon - 3 large fillets - a lovely dish. Although we were full, we were tempted by the desserts, and that was a mistake for us. The portions were far too big. My partner had pineapple crumble with ice cream - it looked and tasted spectacular, with a spun sugar decoration. I chose the pannacotta, thinking this would be a lighter alternative. In fact, this was the first time I've had less than perfect food at Castell. The pannacotta was large and heavy. It would have been fine with a fruit coulis or perhaps more of the tangerine jelly garnish, but in fact it sat on a piece of gingerbread, which made it very stodgy. Added to that was a pair of shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with cream and mango puree. As two separate desserts, it would have worked, but for me, the two together was far too much. Having said that, there was nothing else to criticise and it remains our favourite restaurant for special occasions, despite the 4 hour drive we have to make to get there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castell Deudraeth has eleven spacious and stylish rooms over three floors. The ground floor has a gastropub restaurant and bar plus a Victorian walled garden which al fresco dining in fine weather. The interiors merge traditional materials with contemporary design. Welsh oak and slate feature prominently as well as leather, wool and stone. Guests have free access to all of Portmeirion village’s facilities and a shuttle bus service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castell Deudraeth Portmeirion, Wales
- Castell Deudraeth Hotel Portmeirion