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News and Reviews


We are now open on Thursday
Friday and Saturdays only until mid March
We will be open every Wednesday, Thursday
Friday & Saturday
(Also open each bank holiday Sunday/Monday)

GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2018 Castle Cottage in Harlech, North Wales has again joined an illustrious list of longest serving UK restaurants in the guide for 2018. We are one of only FIVE listed in Wales. (Porth Tocyn, the Druidstone, Ynyshir Hall, Tyddyn Llan and US!) We took over Castle Cottage in 1989 and for the last 26 years have had a continuous entry in the guide. This is no mean feat and we are delighted to have this award for consistency. The guide was founded in 1951 by Raymond Postgate who had this quote; "You can corrupt one man. You can't bribe an army"

The Independent Newspaper has featured the Good Hotel Guide list of the top 10 Golf hotels in the UK, of which we are one!
Click on the link to read the article

We were nominated for the Cheshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2016. In the category of north-Wales dining excellence of the year. We came in at second place (behind Porth Tocyn, Abersoch) and earned ourselves an Highly Commended Award. We had a fantastic night at Carden Park Hotel, and looking forward to next year already!

Scores on the Doors
Yet again we have been awarded 5 out of 5 with the 'Scores on the Doors' from Gwynedd council for hygiene.
Please click on this link for the scores in Harlech food standards

We are now a member of Historic Hotels of Europe
Historic Hotels of Europe was created with the objective of promoting global awareness for the 19 finest historic hotels associations through a co-operative marketing strategy. The hotels in the association represent their countries' national cultural traditions, historic heritage and architecture. Every property within the Historic Hotels has its own distinctive style and character, and guests will be sure to enjoy a variety of experiences when travelling from country to country and staying at our member hotels.

wales true eating out awards logoCastle Cottage has been listed as 82nd of the top100 restaurants in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards 2011.(we came 3rd of the restaurants in Wales)
 We faired better than some of the big names in the industry - click on the link below to see who we beat!!
The awards were in London on the 10th October - Brought to you by Restaurant magazine, The National Restaurant Awards reward the crème de la crème of the UK's restaurant scene.
Originally launched as "Top UK Restaurants", the awards have been re-launched and re-branded to incorporate additional categories, meaning they give a truly representative view of the best places to eat across the country.
The list of the top 100 restaurants in the UK are compiled and voted for by the National Restaurant Awards Academy, which is made up of prominent gastronomic experts. The judging panel includes Chefs, Restaurateurs and Food Critics and is divided across the 12 regions of the UK, ensuring that the list is authoritative and representative of a national, unbiased vote.

wales true eating out awards logo Castle Cottage has won the Wales True Taste Eating Out Award 2008/09 for Mid Wales and is the overall winner for Wales!
Please click on the following link for information on all the award winners: Award Winners. You can also watch the award winners on and see Glyn in action

Read the The Good Hotel Guide review20 British Hotel Discoveries
Castle Cottage is one of the top 20 Good Hotel Guides British discoveries.

Food - Wales eating out guideFood Wales eating out guide - second edition 2011

Jasper Gerard, the Telegraph food critic, has just announced his top 50 Summer restaurants. Only three are in Wales, of which Castle Cottage is one!

Go to Jaspers Top 50

Attention all Golfers: Golfers who are residents of Castle Cottage receive a 10% discount at Royal St David's 18 hole championship golf course, please contact the golf club office on 01766 780 361.

Gift Vouchers: If you are stuck on what to buy friends or family for a birthday or anniversary present why not arrange a real treat for them. You can purchase a voucher for them to stay and have dinner or just come for a meal at Castle Cottage - and let us do the pampering.


My Yummy Valentine

Good food, fine wine and no need to order a taxi home. Thank Cupid for restaurants-with-rooms - Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor, The Which? Good Food Guide, The Guardian Saturday January 27 2007

"...Glyn and Jacqueline Roberts have recently renovated their characterful 400-year-old restaurant-with-rooms near the 13th-century castle. The three-course menu, however, still bears Glyn's stamp. Canapés in the bar are followed by aromatic lamb pancakes with hoisin sauce or duck liver and Cointreau parfait with a fruit chutney and toasted brioche. Main courses might consist of free-range Shropshire chicken breast with a wild mushroom and Madeira sauce, or a duet of Welsh beef - grilled fillet mignon and a steak, kidney and mushroom suet pudding with red wine sauce. Follow that with grilled prunes wrapped in bacon on toast or more traditional treacle tart with nutmeg ice cream. There are seven spacious bedrooms in a strikingly converted 16th-century building next door where beams and standing timbers contrast with contemporary furniture, brushed steel light fittings and ultra-modern bathrooms".

Paddy Burt's Top 5 Places to Stay of 2005

Travel Telegraph, 2005

"For pure enjoyment, Castle Cottage, on the brow of a hill overlooking Harlech castle, is hard to beat"...

Click here to read the full article

A Travel Extract by Jill Hartley

Sunday Express, 2005

"Castle Cottage.. Is as stylish as any city designer hotel,... chocolate leather sofa, oversized bed with neutral linens and ultra smart bathroom with walk-in slate shower."..."my king scallops were perfect, as was my husbands beef fillet with a kidney and mushroom suet pudding,....heavenly lemon vodka sorbet and homemade ice cream washed down with a glass of Muscat pudding wine."

Click here to view guest reviews on trip advisor.

Click here to go to the Good Food Guide 2017

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