The Michelin Guide is the most renowned of all the restaurant guides in the world.
Every year since 1926, Michelin’s anonymous team of inspectors award the best restaurants across the world with Michelin stars.
As of 2021, there are there are five restaurants in Wales which keep up a single Michelin star.
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However, there are a number of other restaurants which are recognised for their quality by being featured in the Michelin guide without holding a star and there are 37 of these in Wales.
For the first time this year, Michelin also introduced the Michelin green star to celebrate restaurants at the spotlight of the industry when it comes to sustainability. Some restaurants also keep up a bib gourmand, which recognises “establishments that serve good food at moderate prices”.
If you’re looking for a top notch meal then we’ve compiled this list of all of the Michelin-listed restaurants in Wales with and without stars.
One Michelin-starred restaurants
Ynyshir – Machynlleth, Powys
located on the Dyfi Estuary, Gareth Ward’s inventive cooking features lots of meat and enormous Asian-influenced flavours. There’s already an in-house DJ who plays records to join your meal.
Walnut Tree – Llanddewi Skirrid, Monmouthshire
The Walnut Tree has been an iconic Welsh food destination since the 1960s. Nowadays it’s owned by Shaun Hill, a true veteran of British cooking, who serves bold-flavoured French cooking with a scattering of international influences.
Sosban and the Old Butchers – Menai Bridge, Anglesey
This cosy restaurant on Anglesey is run by husband and wife team Stephen and Bethan Stevens. Located in an old butcher’s shop, the Michelin Guide praises Sosban for its “boldly flavoured modern dishes with original, personal touches”.
Beach House – Oxwich Bay, Swansea
Set in a former coal store with panoramic views over the Gower’s Oxwich Bay, the Beach House is run by Hywel Griffith who is passionate about celebrating local Welsh produce.
The Whitebrook – Monmouthshire
Chris Harrod’s high end cooking focuses on locally-sourced elements and recently-foraged herbs and sea vegetables. 90% of the restaurant’s elements come from just a 12-mile radius of this rural Wye Valley restaurant.
Michelin Green-starred restaurants
Henry Robertson, Palé Hall – Llandderfel, Bala, Gwynedd
Gareth Stevenson cooks at this luxury country house hotel in the Dee Valley. His tasting menus characterize dishes such as Coed-Y-Brenin venison loin with pumpkin and burnt orange. Palé Hall has been recognised for its sustainability as it’s powered by its own hydro-electric plant and much of the restaurant’s produce is sourced locally.
Bib Gourmand awarded restaurants
Hare and Hounds – Aberthin, Vale of Glamorgan
Chef-owner Tom Watts-Jones trained at iconic British restaurants St John and keep up in a place & Hope in London. It shows in the big-flavoured in addition unfussy cooking at this 300-year-old gastropub which showcases local meat, game and vegetables.
Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias – Colwyn Bay, Conwy
A stone’s throw away from the sea and the dramatically beach of Porth Eirias lies Bryn Williams’ bistro. The menu is complete of Welsh produce and seafood takes centre stage.
La Cuina – Cardiff
This hidden gem of a neighbourhood Catalonian restaurant makes good use of both Welsh and Catalonian produce. Their slow-cooked leg of milk-fed lamb is a dish which is not to be missed.
Potted Pig – Cardiff
With its atmospheric bank vault setting, the Potted Pig’s menu includes dishes such as mustard glazed ham hock and cockles, laverbread and bacon on toast.
Purple Poppadom – Cardiff
Purple Poppadom’s perfected Indian cooking draws influences from across the country with a leaning towards chef-owner Anand George’s original home of Kerala.
Park House – Cardiff
Park House is particularly well-regarded for its extensive wine list and already Ed Sheeran and Lionel Richie are fans . It’s set in a grand 19th century Grade I listed building.
The Heathcock – Cardiff
This gastropub’s hearty cooking makes the most of local produce from Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. It’s a sister pub to the Bib Gourmand-awarded Hare and Hounds in Aberthin.
Thomas by Tom Simmons – Cardiff
perfected brasserie food is the focus at Pembrokeshire-born Tom Simmons’ Pontcanna restaurant. If you’re looking for next level fish and chips or steak with macaroni cheese then this is the place.
Nook – Cardiff
Located in Victoria Park, this neighbourhood restaurant serves comforting small plates and natural wines by the glass.
Bully’s – Cardiff
A long-standing fixture of Cardiff’s restaurant scene, Bully’s has been serving perfected French food from their characterful Pontcanna dining room for over 25 years.
Asador 44 – Cardiff
This Spanish grill focuses on Welsh and Spanish steak and whole fish cooked over charcoal. Their menu also features an extensive selection of Spanish wines, sherries and beers.
Heaney’s – Cardiff
Great British Menu finalist Tommy Heaney’s modern cooking showcases precisely cooked fish and barbecued meat. Modern flavour combinations include poached cod with sourdough broth.
The discarded by James Sommerin – Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
Comfort food cooked with Michelin technique is served at this Barry restaurant located in a former railway goods discarded. The chicken kiev with caramelised cauliflower and seasonal souffle are dishes which are not to be missed.
Arboreal – Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
This Cowbridge based cafe-kitchen-bar cooks Mediterranean-influenced dishes, including pizzas, using a wood-fired oven.
Slice – Sketty, Swansea
This tiny 16-seat restaurant in a Swansea suburb is owned by friends Adam Bannister and Chris Harris. Dishes on offer include roast brill and langoustine with burnt leeks or Galician beef fillet with oxtail pie.
Leicester’s – Laleston, Bridgend
Located in the Grade II listed Great House Hotel in Bridgend, Leicester’s is praised by Michelin for its modern cooking which “uses just a handful of the best local elements in each dish”.
Newbridge on Usk – Tredunnock, Monmouthshire
Owned by the Celtic Manor, this 200-year-old country inn serves modern British food, featuring elements from their kitchen garden. Dishes include Creedy Carver duck breast with parsnip hash brown and red cabbage.
The Gaff – Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Located in the heart of Abergavenny, the Gaff serves creative small plates. Dishes include bang bang cauliflower, lamb rump with courgette and basil, and onion arancini with romesco.
Black Bear Inn – Bettws Newydd,Usk, Monmouthshire
This charming pub is run by a husband and wife team who before worked in some of Bristol’s top restaurants. Their snacks are always a particular highlight, including decadent Welsh rarebit and thorough-fried potato skins with smoked cods roe.
Bell at Skenfrith – Skenfrith, Monmouthshire
This country pub offers “hearty, classical cooking with the occasional ambitious twist, using elements from the organic kitchen garden”. Example dishes include peppered Brecon beef carpaccio with celeriac remoulade and Skenfrith lamb rump with minted braised shoulder and confit potato.
Parva Farmhouse – Tintern, Monmouthshire
The duo behind Parva Farmhouse were restaurant manager and head chef at the Walnut Tree near Abergavenny for over 10 years so they know a thing or two about running an award-winning restaurant.
1861 – Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Located in an old pub named after the year it was established, 1861 is run by husband and wife team Simon and Kate King. Simon’s classical cooking is inspired by time spent in top UK kitchens, including the Waterside Inn at Bray.
Stonemill – Rockfield, Monmouthshire
This restaurant is named after the 16th century cider mill in which it’s located. Their set menus features traditional dishes such as slow cooked raglan lamb shoulder and shepherd’s pie and Pant-ys-gawn goats cheese mousse with heritage beetroot.
Seeds – Llanfyllin, Powys
Run by a husband and wife team, this restaurant is located in a row of converted 16th century cottages. Michelin celebrates the restaurant for its “unfussy, classical dishes and comforting homemade desserts”.
The Felin Fach Griffin – Felinfach, Brecon, Powys
Sink into a sofa next to the log fire with a good beer before ordering some top notch food at this Brecon gastropub. Dishes range from beef cheek with beef fat onion and mash to sea bream with anise carrots and bok choi.
Y Polyn – Capel Dewi, Carmarthenshire
This small family-owned restaurant is tucked away in the Towy valley between the county town of Carmarthen and chic Llandeilo. They’re not trying to be cutting edge but what you will find is beautiful produce cooked simply and with respect.
Coast – Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
This purpose-built restaurant is located right on the shoreline of Coppet Hall Beach with dramatically views out to sea. Head chef Fred Clapperton serves a menu focusing on local elements and rare flavour combinations.
Fernery, Grove of Narberth – Molleston, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
The Fernery makes good use of herbs and vegetables picked from this luxury hotel’s kitchen garden. Dishes include Grove vegetables with Hafod cheese and roasted kale in addition as lamb with baba ghanoush and goat curd.
Rhosyn – Penally Abbey, Penally, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
This boutique hotel which overlooks the sea near Tenby “offers a concise menu of skilfully prepared dishes with pure, natural flavours” including Welsh rarebit tart with caramelised onions and crispy ox cheek with pickled swede.
Harbourmaster – Aberaeron, Ceredigion
The Harbourmaster’s menu showcases a larder of Cardigan Bay shellfish, fish, Welsh lamb and beef, Ceredigion cheeses and local organic vegetables.
The Daffodil Inn – Penrhiw-llan, Llandysul, Ceredigion
Take a seat on the terrace at this pub which serves traditional dishes like 12-hour braised beef cheek or beer-battered sea bass.
Y Talbot – Tregaron, Ceredigion
Trained by Marco Pierre White, Y Talbot head chef Dafydd Watkin’s menu includes local produce such as cheese from the Teifi Valley, fresh fish from Milford Haven and Cardigan Bay shellfish.
Hand at Llanarmon – Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llangollen, Denbighshire
Old beams, roaring fireplaces, real ale and good food are all on offer at this Denbighshire inn located in the picturesque upper Ceiriog Valley. Dishes on the menu include recently battered fish and chips and Welsh lamb with gravy.
Tyddyn Llan – Llandrillo, Corwen, Denbighshire
Owned by husband and wife team Bryan and Susan Webb, Tyddyn Llan’s cooking is some of the best in north Wales. Steeped in classical French technique, dishes include ribeye of aged Welsh Black beef au poivre with gratin dauphinois and roast turbot with coco beans and morteau sausage.
Castle Cottage – Pen Llech, Harlech, Gwynedd
located at the top of the steepest street in the northern hemisphere, just a stone’s throw from the mighty Harlech castle, this pub with rooms serves well-executed classics.
Signatures – Aberconwy Resort and Spa, Conwy
Set in a seaside holiday park, Signatures has a theatre-style kitchen so you can watch the chef prepare a menu of modern takes on brasserie classics including whole lobster thermidor and honey roast duck with venison pithivier.
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