BETWS-Y-COED


Royal Oak Hotel, Betws-y-Coed
We arrived at Betws-y-Coed at around half past 12, and we headed for Royal Oak Hotel that we found on internet to have lunch.

The hotel is on the main street of the town and easy to find. It is handsome, old building.

Royal Oak Grill Bar, Betws-y-Coed
This hotel has a restaurant and a grill room, and during the daytime only the latter is open. A half of it is like a conservatory and very bright with sun light, and the other half (left side in the photo) is darker and classic style.

It offeres two course lunch for £10, and for £2.50 we get pudding, too. Reasonable price.

Terrine of Welsh Cheese with Salad
This is my starter, Terrine of Welsh Cheeses with salad.

I expected something more elaborate from the work terrine than a slice of assembled cheeses.

As cheese salad, it was not bad. The cheeses themselves were tasty and it was a colourful dish.

The others ordered salmon goujons and tartar sauce. There were two good sized, though thin, salmon fries on the dish; probably too much as starter.

Roast sirloin of beef with yorkshire pudding
This is my main course, Roast Beaf and Yorkshire Pudding.

I had never eaten Yorkshire pudding up until then, but it looked different from what I had seen in photographs and television, and I was not sure if it was the authentic one, not meaning to say it was not good.

The photo might not do justice to the quantity of meat there on the plate. It was evidently over-cooked, but the quality of the meat was not bad and did taste beefy. I don't understand, anyway, the concept of greavy that the British seem to like so much: it has dark colour and thick consistency, but it does not have particular flavour.

Side vegetable
This is a bowl of boiled vegetable accompanying our main dishes.

In British pub and restaurant, we are sometimes given the side vegetable for free, and sometimes not. It is not always stated on the menu. It is one of the mysteries of British food.

It tasted ok: average supermarket quality vegetable, but not overcooked as is done in so many places. When we are travelling it is sometimes difficult to eat as much vegetable as at home, and I appreciated this offer.
Home Made Apple Pie
At this point everyone was quite fill, so we got one pudding to share. Our waitress noticed that we were sharing it, although we did not tell her, and supplied us 3 sets of cutlery (by the way, the service was good throughout).

This is homemade apple pie servied with custard. The British pudding is often served with custard like this.

When we first saw it, we were afraid it was not completely cooked, but it was cooked, as if it was boiled or steamed, rather than baked, and we did not feel the tast of row flour. The apple was quite tangy to my liking.

Two of us ordered also coffee. I paid £14 including tip, and I think also the others paid the same. It was reasonable price, but we thought we would have preferred to have better food paying more.

This is not the kind of place you make all the way to be there, but if you are happen to be in Betws-y-coed, it is a nice place to have lunch: they offer not only 3 course meal, but also simple sandwiches. The hotel has also a more formal dinning room (open only for dinner), as I wrote before, and it might be worth trying.

At the end of the meal, it was still raining, and one of us wanted to go to Bangor before 3 o'clock. We decided to leave the town, but we later returned to do some walking.


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