Pale Hall Hotel & Restaurant

“Ingenious cooking in a grand Victorian mansion” - AA Inspector



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In the lush Dee Valley, with all Snowdonia laid out before it, Palé Hall (note the accent – there is nothing pale about Palé) is a plutocratic Victorian industrialist's idea of a bijou residence, built to the dimensions of a medieval castle. Its interiors are beautifully decorated in pastel tones and light wood panelling, with a bolder amber hue in the dining room, where still-lifes of fruit crowd the walls. Gareth Stevenson's menus are informed by the grandeur of the surroundings, but with today's ingenuity of approach adding interest throughout. As well as two tasting menus, there’s the Classics Menu, with things like scallops with pea purée and fillet of Welsh Black beef. The six-course tasting menu might feature grilled mackerel with Jersey Royals, Denbighshire wood pigeon with blueberries and Savoy cabbage, and desserts of rhubarb compôte with custard and a sorrel granita, and wild strawberry mousse with yuzu, and yogurt sorbet. It's worth considering the wine flights too.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Pale Hall Hotel & Restaurant
Llandderfel, BALA, LL23 7PS
Phone : 01678 530285


  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 28
  • Wines by the glass: 15
  • Cuisine style: British, European
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Gwynedd

The county of Gwynedd is home to most of the Snowdonia National Park – including the wettest spot in Britain, an arête running up to Snowdon’s summit that receives an average annual rainfall of 4,473mm. With its mighty peaks, rivers and strong Welsh heritage (it has the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in all of Wales), it’s always been an extremely popular place to visit and live. The busiest part is around Snowdon; around 750,000 people climb, walk or ride the train to the summit each year.

Also in Gwynedd is the Llyn Peninsula, a remote part of Wales sticking 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. At the base of the peninsula is Porthmadog, a small town linked to Snowdonia by two steam railways – the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. Other popular places are Criccieth, with a castle on its headland overlooking the beach, Pwllheli, and Abersoch and the St Tudwal Islands. Elsewhere, the peninsula is all about wildlife, tranquillity, and ancient sacred sites. Tre’r Ceiri hill fort is an Iron Age settlement set beside the coastal mountain of Yr Eifl, while Bardsey Island, at the tip of the peninsula, was the site of a fifth-century Celtic monastery.

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