The Good Food Guide has revealed its top UK rated dining places for 2022 – we are proud to say that there are a hefty number located in Wales.
The top guide – which has moved away from its print edition (the last guidebook was in 2020), turning fully digital and is hosted in an app for a more accessible format to deliver its reviews – features the best restaurants across the UNITED KINGDOM and is well-respected by both chefs and food lovers alike. With it being completely digital, it now means the manual will be updated more regularly.
However , unlike the last few years’ rating system, which was based on a score of one to ten, the restaurants included in The Good Meals Guide are rated by one of four categories, determined by the establishments’ uniqueness, deliciousness, warmth plus strength of recommendation.
The particular categories are usually as follows:
Good : The establishment showcases good food (ample technical skills and good quality ingredients), warm service, and a pleasant atmosphere
Very good : high level associated with ambition plus individuality — this looks in attention to detail, quality of cooking, vibrancy of its dishes, service and atmopshere.
Exceptional : A restaurant will be given this accolade if it offers a highly memorable dining experience; faultless meals, incredible support, high level associated with comfort plus warmth and a welcoming atmosphere.
World class : This is fit for dining places whose chef “redefine the particular profession” and push the boundaries of what is being served. There will only be “two or three chefs and restaurants operating at this level and it is “The best of the best. ”
While it seems that none of Wales’ eateries have been awarded the ‘world class’ title, two have received an ‘exceptional’ rating with the remaining receiving ‘good’ plus ‘very good’ – Home in Penarth and Annwn.
To find out who made the cut and who are this year’s newcomers, read on – please be aware that this is the list at the time of publishing and is in no particular order.
The new entries for this year are as follows:
Y Sgwâr, Aberystwyth
This tapas and small plates bar in Aberystwyth will be run simply by Great British Menu finalist, Nathan Davies – who also heads up resaurant SY23. Using the “best local produce from sea shore to woodland, cooked over fire”, Nathan describes Con Sgwar: “Our all-weather, outside dining area with fire pits built into the tables and overhead heaters creating a warm relaxed atmosphere. ”
Where: 2 Pier Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2LJ
For more information, visit the website
Sheeps plus Leeks, Caernarfon
Sheeps and Leeks is a 20 seat cafe which specialises in “well-balanced tasting menus served in a relaxed informal atmosphere”. Situated in North Wales, they pride themselves on working with local artisan producers and offer a set tasting menu that use the best of what’s in season.
One TripAdvisor reviewer has said of Sheeps and Leeks: “Absolutely amazing restaurant : fantastic meals (seven course tasting menus and every one delicious – at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere)”
Where: 12 East Gate Street Caernarfon Gwynedd LL55 1AG
For more information, visit the website
The Jackdaw, Conwy
This Michelin-Guide restaurant was opened by Nick Rudge, who honed his trade under Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck, in 2021. It offers the mouth-watering menu that includes items like Llyn scallops and flamed mussels starters, Welsh beef sirloin and Welsh lamb and laverbread mains plus Welsh Amber Tart dessert.
The michelin guide offers described The Jackdaw as: “A snug, intimate restaurant on the upper floor of a period house, featuring rustic, white-painted walls, hanging dried herbs and sheepskin-lined chairs. Chef-owner Nick Rudge spent several years working for Heston Blumenthal and it shows on the compact, modern menus, which bursts with Welsh produce. ”
Exactly where: High Street, Conwy, LL32 8DB
For more information, go to the website
The particular Black Bear Inn, Bettws Newydd
Run by young couple Josh and Hannah Byrne, who have vast experience in the hospitality industry having worked at some associated with Bristol’s best restaurants, The particular Black Keep Inn serves an à la carte menu consisting of scrumptious seasonal Uk food — provided by community suppliers : that changes weekly. Keeping the menus “concise”, this particular pub – which managed to get into the Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropubs – endeavours to make sure everything is made fresh. With the same menu for lunch plus dinner Wednesday through Sunday – the opening days – this advises it doesn’t serve a ‘traditional’ roast on Sundays and can prepare vegan dishes with plenty of notice (1-2 days).
Where: Route 42, Bettws Newydd, Usk NP15 1JN
To find out more, visit the website
The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd
This particular gastropub, which also featured in the Green Pub Manual 2022, provides community from its heart. Priding itself on being “friends with our regulars”, so says its website, it is a warm, Welsh welcoming establishment which not only offers the punters the pub — that houses “great real ales, craft beer & cider” : but “restaurant quality fruit and veg, over 70 craft beer cans and our own bakery” and shelves stocked with wholefoods, eco-friendly household items and more.
With pub quizzes, cheese nights, gin plus tapas evenings – to name a few – paying this pub a visit will certainly be worth your while.
Where: Ynysangharad Rd, Pontypridd CF37 4DA, UK
To learn more, visit the web site
Cafe Milkwood, Cardiff
Step foot in Pontcanna and you’ll become met with a gorgeous selection of quaint cafes and dining places. And Milkwood just to happens to be one of them. The perfect spot for breakfast to start your day right or make your all-day brunch one to remember, Milkwood offers some delicious dishes made with neighborhood produce: waffles with yoghurt and maple syrup, a Milkwood Breakfast (Eggs, Smoked streaky bacon, hash browns, Oriel Jones Sausage, slow roast tomato, sourdough toast) and Bacon, cockles and laverbread upon toast, for example.
Creative, small plates are also the staple with this cafe and are served on Fridays plus Saturday nights – perfectly paired along with one of their wines, cocktails or beers.
Exactly where: 83 Pontcanna Street, CF11 9HS
For additional information, visit the website
This is the first restaurant simply by renowned cook Lee Skeet, who trained under Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing and became a head chef in his own right at the Michelin-starred Hedone in London. The restaurant is situated within Pontcanna above the equally as delicious cafe, Milkwood, plus exclusively seats just twelve people. It opened in January 2022 following a sell-out run of pop-ups and supper clubs at his flat within Cardiff Bay, which he named 40 Days, forty Nights, tickets for which sold out in a matter of times and was met with rave evaluations . The restaurant acts a single tasting menu associated with seasonal British produce, focusing on seafood, cooked single-handedly by him.
See more restaurants that opened this year here .
Where: 83 Pontcanna Street, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9HS
If you’re after a buzzing beer garden that can also offer high class with an oyster and champagne bar upstairs as well as good foods, you need to try the Heathcock, Hare & Hounds’ second venture, within Llandaff. The staple watering-hole that, according to the website, continues to be going for more than 100 years, it offers “great ales, interesting wines, homemade seasonal drinks plus delicious pub snacks”. Their food is all made from scratch with home-grown seasonal produce. And if you’re a foodie fanatic, you may have seen a certain famous food critic , that – a few years ago — voiced their disappointment in Cardiff for its lack of independent grazing gaffs, sing its praises within March.
Where : 58-60 Bridge Road, Cardiff CF5 2EN
For more info, visit the site
Home with Penarth, Penarth
This is one of two on this listing that has been given the Good Foods Guide’s rating of ‘exceptional’ and it is not hard to see why. The one-michelin star cafe by James Sommerin and his family has only been open for any year but has already produced a name for by itself. Alongside a surprise eight-course sampling menu, House offers an immersive experience with regard to diners that have to ring a doorbell to enter the venue, that has blacked-out windows – “we want people to wonder what lies behind the curtains, ” it says upon its internet site.
It comes after the great success of The Shed inside Barry for the family-run team, consisting of James, his wife Louise great daughters Georgia, Angharad and Elin. Speaking of the reason behind the name, its website states: “We knew we wanted to shop people us, and the we have for one another. Out of the blue, Lou said the only thing that comes to mind when you think of love and family is ‘Home’. ”
Where: 1, Royal Buildings, Penarth, CF64 3EB
For more information, visit the web site
Thomas by Tom Simmons, Cardiff
Included in The Good Food Guide’s Platinum List of the particular 18 best new eating place openings in the UK last year, it’s no surprise we’re seeing this particular entry once again. Since opening in February 2020, Jones by Mary Simmons offers firmly established itself as one of the best restaurants in Cardiff . Owned by Pembrokeshire-born Tom Simmons and his partner Lois, this is a restaurant inspired by his life within West Wales and its high-end brasserie cooking combines the very best of Welsh produce : “good, home-grown food” – and French cuisine.
Exactly where: 3 & 5 Pontcanna St, Cardiff CF11 9HQ
For more information, visit the website
Annwn, Lawrenny, Kilgetty
Combining the wild food and fine dining, Annwn is a dining encounter to remember. Changing its menu with the seasons – prepared by Matt Powell, the chef who’s worked in Michelin-starred dining places across European countries – you can expect only the freshest of ingredients and locally foraged produce that “showcases Wales wild ecosystems and the incredible quality and diversity of nearby sustainable suppliers. ”
With a variety of experiences on offer on Annwn that will don’t just include dinner but a day of foraging itself, it is a day — or evening – that will fill your own bellies along with creative plus delicious meals that celebrate the wild and wonder of Wales’ flora.
See how all of us faired at Annwn here .
Where : The old potting shed, Lawrenny, Kilgetty SA68 0PW
For more information, go to the website
Located just a stone’s throw from the Swansea’s Mumbles seafront, this restaurant (that in the last few years has introduced a ‘black book’ for no-show reservations ) not just offers a relaxed dining experience but delicious meals cooked from scratch. Boasting a menu which serves the likes of oysters, sirloin carpaccio, scallops, crazy seabass, salt marsh lamb, and burnt lemon tart – to mention a few : this impartial restaurant promises the very best of local make from “sea and soil”.
Talking about being featured on the GFG, Môr posted to Instagram: “We are delighted to be featured in The Good Meals Guide UK and particularly proud of head chef Olly, whose ‘cooking artfully treads the line between refinement and sheer pleasure…’ and of Jamie and Hywelis’ FoH group for their ‘impeccable service’. inch
Exactly where: 620 Mumbles Road, SA3 4EA
To find out more, visit the site
Paternoster Farm, Pembroke
This farm provides a true “field to fork” experience. Having a restaurant located in its old milking parlour, Paternoster Plantation – read more on the story right here – only uses meat that has been reared on the farm, and include the best of Welsh and Uk local create – through local markets to fish caught “sustainably in waters off Wales”.
Speaking of their new entry into this year’s good food guide, Paternoster Farm took to Instagram to break the news: “We’re surprised plus delighted to have been included as a new entry in @goodfoodguideuk . One of only eight restaurants listed across the whole of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, we’re in good company.
“This is a big deal for our little place that’s only been open for just over a year, but it’s testament to us using only the absolute best quality ingredients and not doing too much to them ~ our free range pork, beef, lamb and buffalo, our honey, to all our wonderful suppliers”
Where: Paternoster Farm, Hundleton, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5RX
For more information, visit the Facebook page
These are the returning entries for this year:
Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon
Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo
The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog
Porth Tocyn, Abersoch
The Fox & Hounds, Llancarfan
The Hare & Hounds, Aberthin
The particular Walnut Tree, Llanddewi Skirrid
The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire
The Fernery at the Grove, Narberth
Hanson in the Chelsea, Swansea
The Warren, Carmarthen
Wright’s Food Emporium, Llanarthne
Y Polyn, Nantgaredig
For more information on The Good Food Guide, see the website