HOW TO FIND US
We are close to Bala Lake and Llangollen, 35 miles from Chester, just under one hour. 1½ hours from central Manchester and Liverpool and their airports. Nearest train station is Wrexham or Chester.
There is a local bus service which is the X94 route from Wrexham to Barmouth, but it takes a while. Taxis can be arranged with good notice. London can be done within 3½ hours if you take the M6 toll road and the traffic is kind to you.
THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
2018 Cooking score: 6
It’s been a decade and a half since Bryan and Susan Webb upped sticks from London and headed for the tranquillity of North Wales, but the move suited them to a T. At the heart of their opulent country hotel is a civilised dining room pleasantly adorned with greenery in both the colour scheme and table decorations.
Bryan’s cooking remains in touch with its mingled roots in Anglo-French classicism, and there are six and nine-course tasters for exploring the repertoire. Langoustine bisque has all the requisite richness and comes with rocking rouille, while red mullet is brieﬂy grilled and paired with aubergine purée in chilli and garlic oil.
At main, there are approving notices for Label Anglais chicken leg with morels in luxurious tarragon cream, as well as conﬁt duck with its faggot and morteau, sauced with cider and apple. Desserts are their best when simplest, perhaps mirabelles poached in brandy with vanilla ice cream, or prune frangipane tart.
Wines by the glass from £6.50, or half-litre carafe from £17, lead off a list that capably covers the major producing countries.
GOOD HOTEL GUIDE
In this thickly rural corner of north Wales, Susan and Bryan Webb run their much-admired, ‘friendly, relaxed’ restaurant-with-rooms. ‘It’s the benchmark by which we judge other hotels,’ write regular guests, trusted Guide correspondents, this year. ‘Bryan is the best cook in Wales; Susan, a treasure, runs the place with good-humoured efficiency.’ Bedrooms in the mellow-stone Georgian shooting lodge are done in country style (a brass bedstead here, a tartan armchair or vintage chest of drawers there), and have ‘lovely views’ over the garden.
The rooms vary in size, but all are ‘absolutely fine – quiet, with a comfy bed and a modern bathroom’. In the pretty, light-filled dining room, it’s Bryan Webb’s Michelin-starred cooking that sets the place apart: ‘No surprise that the restaurant was full, midweek.’ ‘We ate in all four nights, and everything was wonderful. The new-season grouse was sublime; a starter of half a lobster with ginger, garlic and coriander butter left my wife struggling to finish her main course. She still managed a pudding, though!’
BUY BRYAN WEBB’S LATEST BOOK
Bryan Webb has spent 40 years at the stove. ‘Not Bad For A Taff’ tells his remarkable story. From peeling potatoes, picking spinach and washing up at The Crown, at Whitebrook, to creating his Michelin-starred Tyddyn Llan, with his beloved wife, Susan, he has enjoyed a remarkable career.
‘Not Bad For A Taff’ celebrates Bryan’s ruby anniversary in 2016. As his friend, the multi-award-winning Shaun Hill, from The Walnut Tree, at Abergavenny, says: “Bryan Webb has been at the top of his game as a chef and restaurateur for decades. It’s amazing that he has managed to avoid becoming a celebrity cook and TV star.”
‘Not Bad For A Taff’ is part autobiography, part rich collection of recipes. Bryan shares stories from his 40 years at the stove before sharing recipes from the 1970s to the present day. There are numerous classics, signature dishes and contemporary reinventions that showcase the best of seasonal ingredients.
Sumptuously photographed and featuring dishes that will excite both the home cook and the professional chef, ‘Not Bad For A Taff’ is a fitting tribute to one of the titans of Welsh gastronomy.
The book is published at £25. You can order copies from us, with FREE delivery. If you would like the book as a gift, we’re happy to send direct to the recipient, with a message from you. Bryan is happy to sign and dedicate books for you.
Phone us, 01490 440264, or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like one of the first copies.
WEDDINGS AND MEETINGS
Who better to look after you than Tyddyn Llan? Especially if you are looking for really good food and wines.
We offer superior meeting facilities with all the usual services. The £170 24-hour rate offers accommodation, dinner, cooked breakfast, morning coffee, two-course lunch, afternoon tea and hire of meeting room.
Or our £45 Day Delegate Rate includes morning coffee, two-course lunch, afternoon tea and hire of meeting room. Contact us for more info. (Prices per delegate plus VAT).
GET IN TOUCH
Bryan and Susan Webb,
Llandrillo, nr. Corwen, Denbighshire,
North Wales LL21 0ST.
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Tel: +44 (0) 1490 440264