What you say
What They Say
We have been fortunate to have received many plaudits and favourable reviews
from both the media and food and hotel guides.
- Good Hotel Guide Cesar Award "Outstanding Restaurant with Rooms" Read our review
- Michelin star for food 1991-1997, 2001-2008, outstanding service award continuous 1991-2015
- Welsh Assembly Government True Taste Restaurant of the Year 2000 and 2008
- Visit Wales Gold Award 2007-2015
- Good Food guide UK restaurant of the Year 2003, continuous listing 1988-2016
- Harden's Hotel Guides highly rated 2005-2015
Sunday Telegraph 16 February 2014
Why do so many of us, searching for a break, insist it must be within a couple of hours’ drive from where we live? It took us more than five hours to reach Plas Bodegroes, but the beauty of the Lleyn Peninsula, and the charm of what awaited us, were worth every minute of the road. Once there, the sense of calm and relaxation made the journey seem but a trifle. It’s too long since I visited this Welsh gem, and the best news is that nothing has changed, unless you count the addition of a silver sphere fountain, which reflects the façade of the Georgian manor, its delicate frill of veranda smothered in wisteria, roses and wild strawberry in summer, and it marks a quarter century, both of the hotel and the marriage of the owners Chris and Gunna Chown. Chris still dons his chef’s whites every day, and still cooks breakfast, though Hugh Bracegirdle is now his head chef. Gunna remains the picture of elegance and kindness, though nowadays a delightful manager, Karen, allows her to take time off. Without being in the least cheesy, Plas Bodegroes (Rosehip Hall) is a truly romantic place, with its flowery courtyard for after dinner coffee and its heart-shaped lawn leading to an avenue of 200 year old beech trees, carpeted in daffodils, followed by bluebells, and leading to nowhere but fields. The house is like a Tardis, far larger inside than it looks from the outside, with 10 bedrooms, sitting room, large dining room and separate breakfast room. “We love the decoration and the fine Welsh paintings,” an elderly couple told me. “It’s thoughtful and interesting and it doesn’t bombard you.” “We like it too,” chipped in a couple in their thirties. And that’s the thing about Plas Bodegroes: it appeals to all. The duck-egg blue dining room, with its elegant French windows and clever use of lighting and mirrors, is a particular delight, neither too formal nor too relaxed. We don’t want pomp and starchiness any more, but we do still enjoy eating good food in places that warrant a bit of lipstick and a pretty dress. We ate an amusing starter of plaice “in chips” with a lettuce and pea fricassee followed by fragrant Welsh lamb and melting Welsh Black beef. The pricing policy on wine (mark-ups are cheaper the dearer the bottle) is admirable and service, by a dedicated local team, perfection. Plas Bodegroes remains in my top 10 places to stay in this country and very much worth the journey.Score 9/10.