A PUB and restaurant in Gwynedd made a list in the Daily Telegraph newspaper of the “10 great British pubs worth travelling for”.

The Grapes Hotel in Maentwrog, located near Zip World Snowdonia, was included in the list, which was published last month.

In the article, the Daily Telegraph said of it: “With views over the Vale of Ffestiniog and six smart, well-appointed rooms, this former coaching inn is a perfect base for exploring Eryri.

“Food is simple and hearty – steaks, sausage and mash, vegetable lasagne – there’s good local beer and a sheltered beer garden to drink it in when the sun shines.

North Wales Chronicle: Outside The Grapes.Outside The Grapes. (Image: Kevin Davies)


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“There’s plenty to see and do in this part of the world – like the Ffestiniog Railway, a heritage route which runs from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, stopping at nearby Plas Halt amid thick trees.

“The delights of Portmeirion and the coast, meanwhile, are only slightly further afield.”

Owner Kevin Davies said he was in shock to see that it had been included in the list.

When the Grapes closed in early 2016, Kevin said he “lost my local”, which inspired him to purchase and re-open it later that year.

Since doing so, he and his family have invested in a large-scale refurbishment of the site, which now comprises six bedrooms, a three-bed suite, and three cottages.

There is also now a rear beer garden and balconies for visitors to enjoy.

He said: “We still can't believe that we've been chosen as one of the top 10 pubs to visit in the whole of Great Britain by the Daily Telegraph.

North Wales Chronicle: Outside The Grapes.Outside The Grapes. (Image: Kevin Davies)

“Being a family-owned/managed establishment, we thought nominations like these only went to the big chains.

“Our initial reaction when we heard was that it was a joke, until one of the major radio stations wanted to speak with me - it's just fantastic.

“Maentwrog is a small, quaint village, so when customers ask us where has everyone come from, we say: ‘All over the country’.

“We have loyal locals, some travelling  a three-hour round trip weekly; one couple last year even travelled from Glasgow for their dinner, and drove home the same day.

“Our team of chefs source local ingredients where possible. Virtually everything from our menu is freshly cooked from our kitchen, and we guarantee that customers do not leave hungry.

“I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work in helping us achieving this fantastic nomination.”