The Mawddach restaurant is in a converted barn on a local farm (about two miles from Borthwnog). The head chef Ifan Dunn grew up on the farm, and sources his ingredients locally – including Welsh lamb reared on the farm by his brother Will. Other main courses include Caer Berllan Farm Welsh black beef, and fish from the local market (the fish menu changes daily). Puddings include Valrhona chocolate and espresso mousse, vanilla pannacotta with oranges, tarte tatin and homemade icecream.
The George III
The pub has views back across the water to Borthwnog
The George III pub is on the opposite side of the estuary to Borthwnog, about a mile’s very pretty walk over the toll bridge. This 1650 building was originally two dwellings - an inn and a ships' chandlery warehouse. Food is served between 12pm and 2.30pm, and between 6pm and 8.45pm. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible: specialities include Meirionnydd mountain lamb and Berwyn-bred Welsh black beef, as well as locally bred pork and a range of fish.
Dylanwad Da is a small friendly restaurant and coffee shop in the centre of Dolgellau, with an extensive and reasonable wine list. The menu shows influences from around the world – typical main courses might be rosemary and garlic roast leg of Welsh lamb, pork, apricot and sage cream casserole, and sesame-crumbed pecan and vegetable cakes with plum sauce. Puddings include chocolate and ginger truffle cake, and Welsh whiskey and honey icecream.
The Lemon Grass is a reliable local Indian restaurant, 10 minutes’ drive from Borthwnog in the centre of Dolgellau. It also provides a takeaway service. It doesn't have a website but contact details are as follows:
+44 (0)1341 421300
The Quarry Shop and Café
The Quarry café is run by the Centre for Alternative Technology, and offers vegetarian organic food, cooked onsite each day. Customers may bring their own alcohol. The shop sells locally sourced free-range organic and Fair Trade produce. The café holds quiz nights and music evenings – see the website for details.