In January 2011, the Royal Sportsman was awarded 2 AA Rosettes for its food and is only one of five restaurants in Gwynedd to have achieved such status; it now ranks with the very best in Snowdonia.
"Food is clearly a highlight of any stay and quality and imagination is evident in the dishes sampled. Modern interpretations of classical combinations are to be commended. The quality of ingredients is superb…"
AA Senior Hotel & Restaurant Inspector
It has always been our intention to make the Hotel's food the best in Porthmadog, using the finest of Welsh sourced food ingredients, combined with the skills and experience of our chefs.
Its food is included in The Good Food Guide 2011, based on inspection reports and customer recommendations, ranking now with the very best in Gwynedd. Our intention is to be the best in North Wales.
Ian Owen took over as Head Chef in May 2011, one of Wales's rising culinary stars and at the age of 25, is one of the youngest chefs to gain two AA Rosettes at his first attempt.
His background experiences include a mixture of working in well known multi rosette and Michelin star kitchens. These include Coed y Mwstwr Hotel, L'Autre Pied (featured on Master Chef) Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and Llansantffraed Court. He is supported by John Reed, Sous Chef and also from Coed y Mwstwr Hotel, Llion Williams and Robbie Walker, as Commis Chefs.
Our style of cooking is seasonal Modern British with a contemporary European twist for the more adventurous. The style of cooking is one which brings out the best in local meats, game, seasonal fish and seafood, focusing on releasing the true flavours of these simple fresh ingredients. Our food is not fussy nor complicated.
There is also a separate classic British Fayre menu, for those who enjoy traditional meals at lunch or in the evening, served in the restaurant, bar, lounge or garden. For children, the hotel has a 'healthy options' menu, cooked to order and only using only fresh ingredients