13 July 2016

Five Welsh eateries applauded in National Restaurant Awards

Welsh people love good food, but that's not news. What is, though, is that a handful of Wales' finest restaurants have made it onto a competitive list of the best restaurants in the UK. 

The National Restaurant Awards are a big deal in the UK food world. 150 industry experts, including chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and other food professionals, choose the best 100 restaurants out of all of the restaurants in the UK. There's no short list; any eatery that exists in the UK can be chosen. With this in mind, it's fantastic that five of the 100 are Welsh restaurants. 

A dish from one of the best restaurants in the UK, Ynyshir Hall

A dish from one of the best restaurants in the UK, Ynyshir Hall by Ynyshir Hall

The Welsh restaurants who made the National Restaurant Awards list are:

The Walnut Tree, Llanddewi Skirrid

At number 11 of 100, The Walnut Tree is the highest placed Welsh restaurant on the list. The Michelin star restaurant run by Shaun Hill revolves around fresh and local produce, so the menu changes daily to reflect what ’'s in season and available. Famous for its seafood and inventive dishes, the restaurant is a great place to indulge in a Michelin standard meal.

The Hardwick, Abergavenny

Duck Hash

Duck Hash 

 by The Hardwick

Just five minutes from The Walnut Tree is another brilliant Welsh restaurant. Placed at 40 in the list, The Hardwick is a comfy yet high end restaurant and hotel nestled amongst the Brecon Beacons. Chef Stephen Terry is all about local produce, serving Alex Gooch's award winning bread from Hay-on-Wye, Welsh cheeses and locally line-caught fish to name but a few delights. For a relatively small place, there is a big menu to choose from in the hope to appeal to almost everyone.

Wright's Food Emporium, Llanarthne

Inside Wright's Food Emporium

Inside Wright's Food Emporium by Gemma Treharne-Foose

Jumping up 10 places from last year to reach number 60 is this humble café-restaurant. Near the National Botanic Garden of Wales, it is well positioned for a top notch lunch or supper after a day out, though many travel to the area for the Wright's food alone. The menu balances world-inspired dishes with local produce and traditional favourites.

Tyddyn Llan, Corwen

Llandrillo, Corwen

Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo

At number 76 is Tyddyn Llan, a restaurant run by a husband and wife duo. The top-end dishes and taster menus feature specially-sourced ingredients including fish fresh from the coast and game from the nearby butcher. Their global wine list is worth a gander, too.

Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth

Ynyshir Hall on a sunny day

Ynyshir Hall, set amongst beautiful surroundings by Ynyshir Hall

In at number 85.This multiple award-winning Michelin star restaurant is an elegant fine-dining masterpiece. With only set menus and taster menus to choose from, diners are treated to an experience, not just a plate of food. Like the other Welsh restaurants on the list, it excels in finding the best Welsh produce in its vicinity and tries to keep things innovative. 

In other foodie news, the Head Chef at Coast in Saundersfoot, Will Holland, was recently named 'UK Restaurant Chef of the Year 2016' at the Annual Craft Guild of Chefs Awards. Recognising the UK's leading chefs, many consider the awards are considered to be the 'Oscars' of the chef industry.