Portmeirion is a complete, uninhabited (apart from tourist guests), village and hotel. The entire place was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. The village is probably most famous as the setting for the Prisoner TV series.
We booked a cottage in advance to stay for one night, Friday 31st March on their dinner, bed & breakfast rate £278.
The 3-course Table d’Hote Menu Dinner in the restaurant is £45 but we had dinner included in our room rate.
Walking through the hotel to the restaurant is a delight. The whole place has the feeling of a stately home, with comfortable rooms where you can withdraw for a drink before or after dinner.
The restaurant was welcoming and we were soon looking at the menu and wine list. The wine list was extensive and looked expensive – I was looking for a bottle of Malbec and was pleased to find that it was one of the least expensive at £25.
We were offered some delicious bread, truffle butter and an amuse bouche.
For a starter: Seared king scallops:
Main was sole:
For pudding a soufflé:
It really was a delicious meal.
The staff were friendly and a little nervous. They should relax as most diners aren’t fussed about strict formal service – and the food is good enough to speak for itself.
I signed the bill and added a tip, but now I realise that only the total without tip appeared on my bill.
The bathroom was also worth a visit!
After dinner, many withdrew to one of the rooms in the main building for drinks.
I’d recommend this restaurant for dinner, although I imagine the only dinner guests are those staying in the hotel and cottages.
The Hotel Portmeirion
+44 (0) 1766 772311 (Tollgate)
+44 (0) 1766 770000 (Hotel Reception)