Looking for high quality restaurants for incentive breaks in Wales, nine Welsh restaurants have been recognised in the 2021 Michelin Guide including one property who has received one of the first ever Green Star awards.
New awards for Wales
Henry Robertson - Palé Hall
The Henry Roberston Restaurant on the Palé Hall estate in Llandderfel, Gwynedd, was one of 23 first-ever recipients of a new award, the Michelin Green Star, announced on 25 January 2021. This new award is for excellence in sustainability and environmental standards and recognises restaurants who champion local producers and who provide inspiration in the hospitality industry, to its customers and the wider area. The restaurant’s menu uses ingredients from farmers, fishermen and growers in the region allow guests to enjoy some of the finest fresh local seasonal produce; Welsh black beef, local venison, shellfish and salmon, and artesian cheeses.
Angela and Alan Harper, who own Palé Hall said "Gareth Stevenson has been with us since the beginning at Palé, when we appointed him he was relatively untried as a head chef. He has repaid our faith in him over and over again and tonight he is receiving the recognition he deserves. His vision to create a menu using the very best that Wales can provide has been at the very core of every dish he creates. He and his team are young and driven, sustainability, the environment and freshness ever present in their beliefs and their cooking”.
Angela and Alan Harper, Palé Hall
His vision to create a menu using the very best that Wales can provide has been at the very core of every dish he creates."
Nook opened in 2019 in Cardiff and is the second new Welsh addition to the 2021 Michelin Guide, receiving a Michelin Plate Award. Styled as a neighbourhood bistro, the daily changing menu lists 10 or so small plates, and is available for exclusive hire ideal for private dinners, meetings and incentives.
Wales' Michelin Star restaurants
The Beach House Restaurant
Located at Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsula, the Beach House Restaurant was first awarded a Michelin star in 2019. Head chef Hywel Griffith is passionate about local produce, sought from all over Gower and Wales, and displays creativity and skill in each dish. Its tasting menus are designed to be enjoyed as a whole table dining experience, and the other dishes offered showcase the sumptuous local ingredients and are complemented by the extensive wine list. The restaurant can be hired for exclusive use for ideal for all types of business events.
The Walnut Tree located in Llanddewi Skirrid, just a few miles from Abergavenny, is a 70 seater restaurant run by one of the most experienced chefs in the hospitality industry, Shaun Hill. The à la carte lunch and dinner set menus reflect the availability of local ingredients and produce, including local fish and shellfish, Welsh beef, fruit, vegetables and cheeses, so the menus can change daily.
Sosban & The Old Butchers
Sosban & The Old Butchers restaurant in Menai Bridge offers a unique food experience and has just 16 covers. Chef Stephen Stevens creates dishes using the best of what is available locally on the day. The seven course tasting menu changes regularly to include ingredients the owners’ source by foraging and using local produce such as mussels, salt marsh lamb and field mushrooms. The extensive wine list has something to complement each course.
The Michelin Guide
An appealingly rustic room with Welsh slate walls, where wooden chairs are draped in sheepskins and hand-painted animal tiles point back to its butcher’s shop days"
Ynyshir restaurant and rooms is set in 14 acres of beautiful landscape adjacent to the UNESCO Dfyi Biosphere and serves set menus using the best Welsh and British produce. It's a destination dining restaurant which surprises with every course. Led by head chef Gareth Ward, diners are able to witness the action in the open kitchen and have their dinner served by the chefs, who explain how it was created. The set menu for up to 17 covers varies to showcase seasonal ingredients, and can be up to 20 courses. Gareth was even named the Good Food Guide Chef of the Year in 2019.
The Whitebrook restaurant and rooms near Monmouth got its first Michelin star within 11 months of opening and regularly finds a place in food and hotel guides. Run by chef patron Chris Harrod, the superb restaurant service combines with a relaxing ambience to create a truly memorable dining experience for their guests. The menu celebrates the growers and producers of the Wye Valley, as well as ingredients from the kitchen garden or foraged from nearby hedgerows, woods & estuary.
Other Michelin awards for Wales
Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias
Located on the seafront in Colwyn Bay, Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias is led by one of Britain’s best chefs Bryn Williams, was the AA Restaurant of the year in Wales for 2019-2020. It was awarded the Bib Gourmand Award by Michelin again in 2021 for their "exceptionally good food at competitive prices". The Bistro style menu is full of local Welsh produce, particularly seafood, as well as meat and vegetarian dishes. This big open space has a relaxed atmosphere and visitors can watch the chefs’ work in the open kitchen where they turn seasonal ingredients into extraordinary food.
Hare and Hounds
Hare and Hounds in Aberthin is the other Welsh holder of a Bib Gourmand Award from the Michelin Guide 2021, and also features in The Good Food Guide, the Good Pub Guide and the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide. Locality and seasonality is still key, and the menu reflects the very best of local produce; meat, game and vegetables of the highest quality. It’s the produce available from the best Vale producers, the restaurants own kitchen garden and smallholding, that dictates what is on the menu from day to day. Chef Tom Watts-Jones grew up in Aberthin, and after training in London returned to promote and celebrate the very best of Welsh food.
Published 3 February 2021