Trio of restau­rants still see­ing stars

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THREE North Wales restau­rants have re­tained their Miche­lin Stars, mak­ing it into the pres­ti­gious UK Miche­lin Guide for an­other year.

The Ty­d­dyn Llan in Llan­drillo, Cor­wen, Sos­ban & The Old Butch­ers Restau­rant on An­gle­sey and Ynyshir in Machyn­l­leth kept their cov­eted hon­ours at the 2018 awards cer­e­mony in Lon­don last week.

They are among only seven restau­rants in Wales to hold the ac­co­lade.

The Ty­d­dyn Llan in Llan­drillo, run by award-win­ning chef Bryan Webb and his wife Su­san, won its first Miche­lin star seven years ago and has kept it ev­ery year since.

It also re­tained its com­mand­ing po­si­tion in the Good Food Guide for the 15th con­sec­u­tive year last month.

In­spec­tors said the restau­rant fo­cuses “pri­mar­ily on Welsh in­gre­di­ents where pos­si­ble” and “the dishes them­selves tend to be quite clas­sic in their con­cep­tion and ex­e­cu­tion, pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with a choice of fa­mil­iar sta­ples and fine-din­ing favourites.”

Speak­ing ahead of the awards cer­e­mony, Mr Webb said: “The com­pe­ti­tion gets harder ev­ery year and there are al­ways new kids on the block but Miche­lin is look­ing for the serv­ing of good food con­sis­tently and I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for do­ing that.”

Sos­ban & The Old Butch­ers Restau­rant is run by hus­band and wife Stephen and Bethan Stevens in Me­nai Bridge.

The restau­rant has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for its sur­prise menu and ex­cel­lent ser­vice since open­ing four years ago.

Cre­at­ing dishes us­ing the “best lo­cally sourced pro­duce avail­able”, Stephen and Bethan, who have scooped sev­eral lo­cal and na­tional food awards, pro­vide “a unique culi­nary jour­ney not found any­where else”, said in­spec­tors.

Get­ting a ta­ble is not an easy task with food­ies hav­ing to wait un­til at least Au­gust 2018 to get a seat.

Ynyshir in Eglwys Fach, Machyn­l­leth, was the top Welsh en­try in the Good Food Guide 2018.

The award was the ic­ing on the cake for head chef Gareth Ward after the restau­rant last month be­came the first in Wales to re­ceive five AA rosettes.

Ynyshir, pre­vi­ously known as Ynyshir Hall, serves “al­ter­na­tive” Bri­tish dishes with a Ja­panese twist, us­ing lo­cal pro­duce.

It re­ceived its first Miche­lin star in 2011, be­fore Gareth se­cured his first star as head chef in 2014. Since then, he has re­tained the ac­co­lade ev­ery year.

The first Miche­lin guide was pub­lished in 1911 to help mo­torists and gave rec­om­men­da­tions for restau­rants – as well as ad­vice on how to change a tyre – and its pres­tige has grown over the years.

● Stephen and Bethan Stevens, who run Sos­ban & The Old Butch­ers in Me­nai Bridge. Be­low, Ynyshir in Machyn­l­leth and, bot­tom, Ty­d­dyn Llan in Llan­drillo

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