Ynyshir Hall – Machynlleth, Powys

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Ynyshir is a special place and it harbours Wales’s most exciting restaurant, spearheaded by young chef owner Gareth Ward, who has achieved a Michelin star and five AA rosettes, as well as countless other awards. Diners can choose from two four-hour dining menus where the focus is meat obsessed and fat-fuelled dishes with much time and care taken in ageing, pickling, foraging, salting, preserving and souring. Wine also plays a large part in the dining experience with a list that combines classic wine styles and growers with smaller producers. Tucked away between the golden sands of Borth Beach and the rugged mountains of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, Ynyshir’s location makes it the perfect, remote restaurant and rooms for food lovers looking for a completely unique culinary experience. It is in the surrounding area that the chefs forage ingredients that are used in the kitchen and upon which lambs graze.

Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1654 781209; ynyshir.co.uk



Explore the local gin distillery, Dyfi Distillery, which is just six miles away and makes artisan gin with locally foraged botanicals.


Not to be missed is the 260-day aged Welsh Wagyu beef, sourced from a farm in Montgomeryshire. The cows are reared on clover rich pastures and a daily bottle of Monty’s beer, giving it a unique taste and marble rich texture.


Richard Smith from Cambrian Safaris offers guided tours to lesser known areas in and around the Cambrian Mountains taking in dramatic landscapes, local history, grand estates and Welsh wildlife.


Ynyshir is the only restaurant in the UK with a fully wraparound Himalayan salt chamber from Saltan where they age meats for real depth of flavour.

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