Ynyshir Restaurant & Rooms

“Multi-course menus from an outstanding chef” - AA Inspector



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On the south bank of the River Dovey, deep within a 2,000-acre RSPB reserve, this country manor is one of the Principality's most treasured restaurants. Once owned by Queen Victoria, the house and its lush green gardens are framed by the imposing Cambrian Mountains, which separate two National Parks, Snowdonia to the north and Brecon Beacons to the south. With chef-patron Gareth Ward at the helm, Ynyshir has been on the foodie trail for some time. At the heart of the operation, as you would expect, are the dining room and a no-shouting-zone kitchen opening off it. While cooking is clearly the kitchen team's priority, they also do their fair share of pickling, salting, fermenting, plus preserving fruits, leaves and berries. Neither lunch nor dinner is a hurried affair – with so many courses, how could they be? – so expect at least a four-hour sitting. Each of the six small tables is served by the chefs, who happily explain the genesis of the dishes, or what Ward calls Alternative British Snap. Using only brief descriptions, the menus signpost what's to come. With dinner lasting four hours, it’s a good idea to book an overnight room too.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

5 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
AA Notable Wine List
Ynyshir Restaurant & Rooms
EGLWYS FACH, Machynlleth, Ceredigion, SY20 8TA
Phone : 01654 781209


  • Seats: 18
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 12
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 5
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 50
  • Cuisine style: Modern British, Asian ingredients

About the area

Discover Ceredigion

The name ‘Ceredigion’ takes a bit of explanation. The town of Cardigan gives its name to the surrounding bay, but the county now uses the Welsh word for Cardiganshire – Ceredigion, pronounced with a ‘dig’. Cardigan Bay itself is a large inlet of the Irish Sea and stretches from Bardsey Island to Strumble Head. With many beaches and a unique marine life, it’s the place to come to spot bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and Atlantic grey seals. The area is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), designated under European law to protect its species and habitats. The Ceredigion coastal path is also a major attraction.

Much of the surrounding land is fertile farmland, dotted with towns and seaside resorts such as Fishguard, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Borth, Aberdyfi, Barmouth and Porthmadog. It’s also a section of coast that major rivers flow into, including the Afon Glaslyn, Teifi, Rheidol, Dyfi, Aeron, Dysynni and Mawddach. Historically, the area supported a strong maritime industry. Cardigan was a major hub, once having more than 300 ships registered in its port, seven times as many as Cardiff. Due to being something of a backwater, in many ways this area remains charmingly unspoilt. The nearby heather-clad Preseli Hills are an additional delight.

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