Ynyshir Hall

Top choice Gastronomy

in Machynlleth

Foraged wild foods, the best local meat and seafood and his own kitchen-garden produce give Gareth Ward of Ynyshir Hall the foundations to concoct some of Wales' most wonderful food. A Michelin-starred restaurant within a luxurious country retreat speciously associated with Queen Victoria, Yynyshir offers set menus that reach new heights for brevity ('mackerel', 'strawberry') but herald total gastronomic joy.

The rooms, some in the original hall and some newly built, are stylish and delightful (doubles from £150). A Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reserve immediately behind the property adds extra appeal for twitchers. Ynyshir Hall is off the A487, 7.5 miles southwest of Machynlleth.