Driving up to the Kinmel Arms in rural North Wales, you could mistake it for an austere vicarage, with its pebbledashed walls and stone mullioned windows.

A sign above the porch entrance gives a clue and the front door opens onto a bar. Its cask beers have won awards from the real ale buffs at CAMRA, yet this is no simple country pub.

Check the wine list; no less than 19 house wines served by the glass or bottle, with finer wines available from its cellar which complement the restaurant’s food. And pub grub it ain’t. This is cordon bleu cuisine of the very highest order – and is what sets the Kinmel Arms apart from your average, rustic hostelry. That and the fact that it also offers accommodation in beautifully-appointed rooms. The owners describe it as a restaurant with rooms. It certainly sets the bar high.

The Kinmel Arms, Abergele, Conwy, Wales bedroom. reviewed by tlm - the travel & leisure magazine

There are just four rooms, all suites. My one, Pebble, was a spacious haven (it was totally sound-proof) with a hand-crafted, king-size oak bed, desk and sofa, plus a luxurious porcelain and marble bathroom and a small oak balcony. Original artwork by coowner Tim Watson – pictures made from pebbles – adorned the walls.

Your fridge is stocked with all manner of breakfast goodies while you dine, so much that it also made a picnic lunch for the road. Dinner itself was a gastronomic delight of locally-sourced produce rounded off with a platter of Welsh cheeses.

Just off the main A55 trunk road, the Kinmel Arms makes a great base for walking the pretty surrounding countryside – to work up an appetite for dinner.


The Kinmel Arms

St George, Abergele, Conwy LL22 9BP

Tel: 01745 832207

Rooms from £135 per night B&B

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best for

  • Great food
  • Tranquility
  • Cosy rooms

could do better

  •  Hard to fault

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