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With views across a striking mountain landscape, this much-loved Snowdonia institution is packed with items left by the climbing fraternity over the years. You can still make out the fading signatures scrawled on the ceiling of 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 on to precipitous Moel Siabod beyond the lake opposite. A smaller room has a worthy collection of illustrious boots from famous climbs, and 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've 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 £2 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
The short choice of simple, good-value but carefully sourced home-made lunchtime bar food (you order through a hatch) includes filled rolls, ploughman's, pies, salads and quiche of the day, as well as daily specials like roast beef. The three- or five-course hearty fixed-price 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 beef and Guinness pie, roast loin of pork, chargrilled mediterranean vegetables with halloumi, and sticky toffee pudding.