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“A hidden gem”
Review of Three Pigeons Inn

Three Pigeons Inn
Ranked #4 of 45 Restaurants in Ruthin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary, Pub
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Food was excellent - a great choice of stylish and tasty dishes

Great selection of starters, mains and desserts

Nice friendly welcome

Great atmosphere

polite and helpful staff

Good selection of beers. comfy warm cosy and a place I ll visit again

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Lunched there recently on bacon and welsh rarebit sandwiches with a bowl of chunky chips. Really was a rarebit too, not just cheese on toast-we could taste the mustard. Odd that the sandwich was an open one- i.e. a single slice of bread- which is not mentioned on the menu!
Still very tasty it was. We were asked if we wanted 'big' chips when we ordered and as they also do skinny fries, we said 'yes'. We got chunky chips certainly, a 'big bowl' full which would have adequately fed four ravenous farm labourers as well as the two of us!
Nice people running the place, friendly but unpretentious, and obviously popular with the locals as the bar area was well patronised. Disappointing that a place as far out in the wilds as this is had no 'driver's beers'
Interesting mix of furniture around the various nooks and corners and some old signs on the walls added interest and humour. Views across the valley were wonderful. A nice place which with a bit more attention to detail could become good, particularly with a couple of coats of paint to freshen everywhere up a bit.
Worth a visit if in the area, but we probably wouldn't make an enormous effort to return.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

A busy place, well-attended by diners, occupying four well-dressed alcoves with room for about 40. This restaurant section was booked-up during this Saturday in March so we accepted a table in the public bar area, which was pleasant, with an open fire. We ordered soft drinks at the bar and generally decided on mains and puddings, one of which was shared between two.

The main meal of chicken curry was a disappointment, with very wet white rice, small pieces of chicken, poppadom pieces, with no rich sauce: nowhere near the quality of the Ruthin Tandoori take-away. The fish and chips were liked, with well-cooked sea bass. The main meal of cod with parma ham was innovative without being entirely successful, with over-salted fish and too-hard ham. Some carefully-selected cheese would have complemented the dish, which came on the plate with three bland brown-coloured potatoes, where good new potatoes with butter would have been more suitable. The side-dish of three vegetables was perfect.

My pudding of sticky toffee pudding was one of the best I have ever tasted; it avoided the bitterness and smokiness that can be in some; but I would have liked a little more sauce.

Chef Ossian Davies is learning his trade, and he is not afraid to experiment. It will take him a while to align in quality with the local Ruthin 'On the Hill' restaurant, and the two or three others locally which are in the first rank.

The bill for four came to a reasonable £65.05.

A popular place. Make sure you book days in advance

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Thank Northwales_9
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

My wife and I were staying in Ruthin for a few days. We had already eaten in Ruthin Castle and the Manorhaus - memorable meals crafted by talented chefs - and we went here primarily because of good Tripadvisor reviews. We were not disappointed!
Finding the pub on a cold, misty evening in February proved quite challenging but we were made very welcome by Paul, the 'new' owner. He and Debbie have only been there for some 15 months but they proved to be caring, friendly and professional hosts. A good range of beers and wines was matched by an imaginative, varied menu. We made our choices in a comfortable lounge with a good, warming fire. There were a good many drinkers in the local bar - proof that the pub has its happy regulars.
We were then escorted through to a charming restaurant - a pleasing mixture of ancient and modern, with comfortable seating and a good mix of tables, all with candles. The food was delicious and the talented chef obviously knew how to blend and mix his ingredients - mostly locally sourced. We really enjoyed our starters - risotto & cream balls & Menai mussels - followed by large main dishes of a trio of pork and a beautifully cooked Welsh steak, with a good variety of vegetables.
Good local beer was followed by a quality red wine and we were then too full for desserts. Our attentive young waitress was friendly yet professional and worked hard to serve the many diners. A nightcap of a 12 year old 46 degree Islay malt made me glad that my wife had kindly agreed to drive home.
A memorable meal - nothing pretentious here!

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Thank John W
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Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

I would really recommend you visit the three pigeons. The look from outside does not do it justice, when you enter you go through a small bar which is full of character then through to a spacious modern restaurant.

The three pigeons serves delicious food at reasonable prices and the staff are friendly and attentive.

We'll be heading back very soon.

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Thank happywhite
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