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“A lesson in flavour ”

Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms
Ranked #6 of 33 Restaurants in Machynlleth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$74 - US$201
Cuisines: British
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Description: The restaurant at Ynyshir is one of Wales' most unique and contemporary fine dining destinations and holds four AA rosettes as well as its Michelin Star. The focus is on the complete experience, a journey through our landscape and through our seasons. The restaurant serves alternative British tasting menus using the very best of Welsh and British produce. The menus showcase the best of Welsh ingredients following the seasons, such as Welsh Wagyu Beef and Anglesey Onions throughout the year, as well as locally foraged sea herbs from the estuary and greens from the woodland floor and Ynyshir's extensive gardens. During hunting season expect to see wild deer and local duck, grouse and partridge, and in summer Welsh Lamb from the Dyfi valley. Gareth and his team pickle, salt, ferment and preserve fruits, leaves and berries carrying the harvests through the winter and into the spring. Expect to see dishes such as 'Not French Onion Soup', 'Mackerel Sweet & Sour' and Gareths take on a Tiramisu all served alongside a carefully selected wine-list whilst overlooking the Cambrian mountains and Ynyshir's extensive gardens
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Can not recommend this place enough, lovely venue and grounds, staff were so friendly and just genuinely buzzing about their jobs, and I thought as a package it was great value. I even enjoyed the 3 hour drive, beats the M1!

Onion soup was an acidic and fresh tasty start, duck leg was a phenomenal texture, bread course was great and I wasn’t initially convinced about the burnt crust but it worked very well, mackerel for me was great quality and very clean, crab again for me was brilliant quality shellfish and a very clean dish intentionally to balance the menu no doubt- because at this point I was craving more sticky, salty food. The 3 wagyu courses were probably the tastiest of the meat- the burger was next level. The foie course broke up the meaty ones well and the paired drink was a great touch. Duck and black bean was probably my favourite course- so unique in flavour. A really stand out combination. Pork belly fat was so tender, and you can never go wrong with smoked eel. Loved the cawl dish and swede presentation. Chicken curry was another standout dish and varied the style of dishes well. Lager and lime was unusual but worked well after the curry.. lamb rib was flawless, on of my favourite of any cuts of meat when done right.. the actual lamb dish with mint could’ve been warmer for me, it was cool in the centre.. there’s an undeniable consistency of meat quality at Ynyshir, better than the vast majority of star restaurants I’ve been to. Chocolate course was tasty but the STP was outstanding. The soured vanilla ice cream was so good. For me the bramble course was all about the syrup as it was such a moreish sweetness against the porridge. Tiramisu was probably my favourite dessert, so flavoursome despite its refined presentation.

Overall Ynyshir was an exceptional dining experience and well worth the trip.. There were definitely some courses I preferred to others but to deliver 20 courses that were ALL very enjoyable is short of a miracle. It’s one of those few meals where in 10 years time I will still remember that duck and black bean, the wagyu burger, curry, tiramisu etc..

Thank George B
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

First visited early 2017 (for lunch) and had to return with parents to share the experience. You cannot fault the food. The tastes are extraordinary and the experience is excellent. The setting is very picturesque, the decor tasteful and inspiring for those who are interested in interior design. The finishing touches have been carefully considered and all add to the overall dining experience, such as the Portuguese designer cutlery and the crockery which is made in the UK and contains fragments of rock from the local streams. Being served by the chefs is wonderful and their passion shines through. They have a lot to be proud of. This is not a stuffy pretentious place, more relaxed and tranquil. We visited a 2* Michelin in Cornwall this year and it was not a patch on Gareth Ward and his team. Surely another * is overdue!

Can't wait to go again and see what else they have to offer!

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Thank CCStubley
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Not been since the sad loss of Joan. What a contrast! Gone is the traditional set up - a re-fit and a new chef have produced a trendy, exciting and modern restaurant which, on the evidence of our visit, is without doubt the best in Wales.

There are two tasting menus, both of around 15 courses. The level of invention, variety and, crucially, flavour, was amazing. I am sure this place is heading rapidly towards its second Michelin star. Service is delightful (they do add a 10% optional charge).

The drinks are very expensive. £19 for a Kir Royale or £18 for a glass of house champagne would be pricey in London let alone here. However, there is a really good range by the glass.

Thank Adrian B
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here last night and stayed. The room was stunning with an amazing view. We were a little worried that it all seemed a little formal but when we went down to dinner it certainly wasn't. Not only do they have a record deck, you can even make requests. They only have 5 tables so it's very intimate and gives an amazing feeling of exclusivity. The food is really really good, each course is presented by the chef who made it. We couldn't agree on a favourite. Extensive wine by the glass means you can create your own wine flight as you go along with help from the super friendly and knowledgeable team.

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

We visited for dinner, and chose between two amazing sounding Tasting Menus. We were not disappointed. Each dish was fabulous, and we cannot make up our minds on which dish was best - we loved them all. We loved so many of them - from the Wagyu Beef, to the Cesar Salad, to the Chicken liver mousse filled with birch syrup. An not forgetting the white chocolate mouse with black bean sauce - All fabulous.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is intimate but not overly fussy or formal. and we really enjoyed our visit.

All the dishes were bought to the table by the chefs, so that we could get a thorough explanation of what we were about to eat, and how it has been made.

We would heartily recommend this restaurant to others - it was fabulous.

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