Atmospheric and cheerfully unchanged mountaineers' haunt in the wilds of Snowdonia, run by the same family since 1947; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Thankfully, this family-run mountain inn has changed remarkably little over many years. Memorably placed beneath Snowdon and the Glyders, it's packed with items left by the climbing fraternity. You can still make out the fading signatures scrawled on the ceiling by the 1953 Everest team, who used this as a training base, and on display is the very rope that connected Hillary and Tenzing on top of the mountain. One snug little room in the homely slate-floored log cabin bar has built-in wall benches and sturdy country chairs. From here you can look out to precipitous Moel Siabod beyond the lake opposite. A smaller room has a worthy collection of illustrious boots from famous climbs, while a cosy panelled smoke room has more fascinating climbing mementoes and equipment; darts, pool, board games, skittles, bar billiards and table tennis. Purple Moose Glaslyn and Madogs are on handpump and they have several malts. Staying in the comfortable but basic bedrooms can be quite an experience, and the excellent traditional breakfast is served between 8.30 and 9am (they may serve earlier); dogs £5 a night. The inn has its own chapel (built for the millennium and dedicated by the Archbishop of Wales), sauna and outdoor natural pool, and the garden overlooks a lake.
Good Pub Guide Food
Ordered through a hatch, the short choice of simple, good-value lunchtime food includes rolls, ploughman's, pies, salads and quiche of the day, as well as daily specials such as roast beef. The hearty three- or five-course set meal in the evening restaurant is signalled by a gong at 7.30pm (if you're late, you'll miss it): maybe chicken liver pâté or smoked salmon salad followed by loin of pork with leeks, cannellini beans and cream, beef and Guinness pie or salmon fillet with hollandaise and puddings such as chocolate bread and butter pudding and banoffi pie.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms