Best restaurants in Mid-Wales

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    Ynyshir Hall

    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.

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    Checkers

    One of the main drawcards of Montgomery is this truly excellent restaurant-with-rooms. With an inquisitive modern-French approach to fresh, locally sourced ingredients, first-rate service, and dishes such as steamed halibut with scallop mousse, pea purée, bacon and mint dressing, it's earned a loyal fan base and one of Wales' seven Michelin stars. Upstairs, this 17th-century coaching inn once again welcomes guests, with five quietly stylish rooms with extra-comfy beds, iPod docks and blissful bathrooms. Bed-and-dinner packages are available from £285.

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    Carlton Riverside

    This upscale restaurant has a boutique feel and a mantelpiece groaning under its many awards. There's an upstairs bar (open Tuesday to Sunday evenings), but the real star here is the restaurant and its superb menu featuring plenty of local produce. Lunch can be organised from Tuesday to Saturday, with at least a day's notice. The four rooms (singles/doubles from £60/85) are modern, simple and tasteful, and with late breakfasts and checkouts, it's well set up for bon vivants. Ask about all-inclusive foodie breaks.

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    Ultracomida

    Aber is lucky to have Ultracomida – an importer, deli and restaurant that's clearly motivated by a personal love of all things Iberian. Out front is an exceptional collection of Spanish charcuterie, cheese, dry goods and sweetmeats (with nods to France and Wales), while out back is a convivial little dining room serving great tapas and wine without pretension. Tapas range from innovative (carpaccio of smoked salt cod with capers, oil and grated tomato) to classic ( tortilla española).

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    Y Ffarmers

    Gutted by fire in early 2018 but painstakingly restored, this outstanding pub is the main reason to visit the pretty hamlet of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, 7 miles southeast of Aber. Ostensibly another snug, white-brick house of assembly, it does fantastic Welsh pub food: cockle cakes with laverbread sauce, guinea fowl with tarragon and shallots, and other lip-smacking creations. Take the A4340 to the village of New Cross and follow the signs.

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    Red Lion

    With its upcycled furniture, tapas-oriented menu (largely making use of produce sourced within 30 miles) and carefully curated drinks (12 whites, 12 reds and beers from 14 different breweries), the Red Lion is a next-level addition to Knighton's dining scene. A fully refurbished 19th-century coaching inn, it also has four immaculate, carpeted bedrooms, two with baths and corner views (single/double £55/85).

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    Drawing Room

    Set in a Georgian country house flanked by kitchen gardens, this two-rosette restaurant-with-rooms is one of the region's finest. Prime Welsh black beef, Brecon lamb and Cardigan Bay crab feature on the locally sourced menu, while the beautifully refurbished rooms are well worth considering (from £215, including breakfast). It's 3 miles north of Builth, on the A470.

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    Fforest Pizzatipi

    Run by four young brothers, this seasonal pop-up venue is the hottest ticket in town on summer nights. Pizzas pumping from two wood-fired ovens, craft beer, music, smartly chosen events and a buzzing atmosphere all set under a candlelit tepee in a hidden riverside courtyard: what more could you ask for? Food stops at 9pm, 5pm on Sunday.

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    Castle Kitchen

    This lovely little deli-cafe overlooking Monty's picturesque heart is perfect for stocking up on bottles, butter, charcuterie and other supplies for a picnic on Offa's Dyke or in the surrounding hills. Or you can just relax in-house, enjoying the unforced friendliness of the service and a wonderful selection of soups, breads, sandwiches, daily specials and, of course, luscious cakes.

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    High Street Delicatessen

    Fantastic locally roasted coffee, homemade cakes, panini and soups, Welsh smallgoods and carefully chosen wines and beers are just for starters at this excellent, imaginative addition to Newtown's food landscape. Barrie and Jojo, the charming owners, are also experimenting with mezze nights (5.30pm to 7.30pm on the first Thursday of the month), wine tastings, hampers and more.

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    Duck's Nest

    The provenance board on the wall reflects the diligence with which this excellent new restaurant scours Powys, Hereford and Shropshire for great local produce. Whether it's the early (6pm to 7pm) prix fixe menu or later à la carte, you'll choose from simple, delightful dishes such as coley with crab, ginger and puy lentils or aubergine with pomegranate, feta and pearl barley.

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    Drovers Rest

    Increasingly recognised as one of Mid-Wales' best dining venues, this charming restaurant does fantastic things with local produce. Snugly perched by the Irfon, it has a relaxing riverside terrace and a few simple-but-cosy rooms (singles/doubles £40/80, some en suite). The owners also run regular one-day cooking courses (£165 to £195) featuring Welsh cuisine and game.

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    Treehouse

    Spread over two floors of a Victorian house above an organic grocer, this excellent cafe uses local produce in a wide range of tempting dishes catering equally to vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers. Perhaps the best bet in town for lunch (noon to 3.30pm), it serves imaginative fare such as harissa roast chicken and brown-lentil dahl with spicy bean fritters.

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    Moroccan Delicatessen

    Run by a French/North African couple who cut their teeth on the London restaurant trade, this delightful deli is the best place in Presteigne to get a coffee and the only place for homemade baklava, harira (Moroccan soup, £4.75) and mezze platters (for one/two £9.90/15). It will also open on Friday and Saturday evenings by appointment.

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    Number Twenty One

    Run by a passionate young foodie couple with ambitions that exceed the usual small-town bistro, Number Twenty One has been popular since the day it opened. The food is imaginative without being fussy, the service is friendly but professional, children are welcome and nothing seems too much trouble. Space is limited, so book ahead.

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    Andy & Adam's Shop

    From paddock to plate, the eponymous, hands-on owners here oversee the production of dishes such as the 'local bap' (with sausage made from pork they reared themselves) and a kale-and-bacon 'superfood stack'. The coffee is excellent and the walls are teeming with top-notch groceries.

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    Corn Store

    If Welshpool has a dining institution, this is it. Run by chef-proprietor Rebecca for over 25 years, it has avocado walls and cheery round, rainbow mirrors that overlook families of regulars tucking into Euro-Med-Asian dishes such as sea bass with chilli and crayfish tails or duck breast in a blackberry and sloe-gin sauce. The best and friendliest place in town.

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    Wynnstay Wales

    Whether you fancy picking at some tapas, a wood-fired pizza or a full three-course meal sourced from local providers, the Wynnstay has you covered. Housed in the lower rooms of a Georgian coaching inn (rooms upstairs are £59 for a single and £90 for a double), it also imports and sells good Italian table wines, straight from the tap.

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    Herb Garden Cafe

    Tucked away in a shopping arcade just off Station Cres, the Herb Garden Cafe serves tasty organic, wholefood meals such as smoked chicken, mango and avocado salad. While not strictly vegetarian, it makes an effort to cater for various dietary requirements. It also gets busy at lunchtime, so book ahead.

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    Cafe Food for Thought

    A consistent local favourite, this simple cafe delivers an interesting menu that ranges from light bites to Welsh lamb, gourmet burgers, local seafood, specialist teas and coffees, homemade cakes and plenty of options for vegetarians. Arrive early at lunchtime or be prepared to wait for a table.