THE KINMEL ARMS AWARDS
We’re just a little bit proud!
2018 RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
Friendly staff and good atmosphere. The dinner menu provided a good choice and the food was excellent. Got rather busy on the second night but still enjoyed the food and relaxed atmosphere. Good bar. Would chose to stay here as opposed to others in the area. Good dinner/bed & breakfast option. June 2019
Attended the Kinmel Arms last night for a belated anniversary for my in laws.The warm and friendly greeting we received set off the start of a truly lovely evening .we were treated to canapes of pecan nuts, tandoori sweet potato,potato crisps and some homemade breads. After our first drinks ,we had our starter …this was bruscetta with cheese and tomato, very enjoyable. Our mains were two fish and triple cooked chips , one pie of the day and my Kinmel burger .this had pancetta, fried egg ,,,so tasty .our sweets were amazing too .it was one delight after another .two had blood orange cheesecake, one crumble and one floating island..meringue with pineapple. Wow …The chef Simon , the restaurant supervisor Becky ,the waiter service off Daniel and Sarah topped off with Michael behind the bar all made the evening special and very enjoyable. We have already been before on another occasion and will be definitely back again .10/10 guys from kitchen to table …thank you all . I also want to add how clean and presentable both the restaurant, bar and staff were. Well done all. June 2019
Perfect little hideaway
Just back from bank holiday weekend, only stayed a night but will be back. The room was great – really cosy, spacious & very clean. The staff put us a continental breakfast on the fridge for the morning which we really enjoyed. The hotel is tucked away & bit off the beaten track but not too far & good for a base to explore N.Wales. Would definitely recommend. May 2019
Lovely old building and traditionally finished inside – very comfortable. Good range of ales and spirits especially gin. Cosy fire and comfortable leather sofas. Enjoyed a really well presented meal but steak just a touch over-cooked which was a pity as it was expensive. Staff most helpful and friendly. March 2019
Valentines Day Meal
This place just got even better ! Amazing meal with my wife for valentines day ! Now has new owners everyone was very nice and professional couldn’t do enough for us. This is still our favourite in the area by far. Feburary 2019
We went to this restaurant as a recommendation and were not disappointed. We had the a la carte menu of game terrine followed by the beef ,my wife had the duck , and apple Betty. Wow .head chef Paul did not hold back on these dishes. 5 star in every course .under the watchful eye of restaurant supervisor Jo ,the team looked after us so well.There wasn’t one reason why this restaurant should be ignored in the future . A night not to forget .food, service, friendly staff and magnificent ambience. Well done for all who made our night so special. Feburary 2019
Had really lovely night. Food was gorgeous as was wine and staff very friendly and helpful. We had stopped coming after couple of bad meals at pretentious prices. Thanks for very pleasant evening. Changes are to be welcomed Feburary 2019
Another Great New Year
We and our friends spent another fabulous New Year’s Eve at The Kimnel – the 6th in a row. They really know how to do it, from beginning to end and mass catering doesn’t phase them. We are already looking forward to NYE 2019! December 2018
Quality all round
The accommodation was really good- comfortable bed, quality toiletries, spacious and facilities well thought out. Was so pleased that I couldn’t hear the fridge in the night! The dinner was incredibly high quality – we’ve had trouble trying to think where the food has been better! We loved the breakfast in our room too.
So good that we’d like to return. Thank you everyone there x November 2018
Celebration of dear auntie, cousin and friend’s life
A Brit, two Canadians and Two Germans met together two days after the funeral of dear Molly (aged nearly 97) who used to bring us here over the years as a treat. The experience didn’t disappoint. Excellent food. Extensive drinks selection. Four of us had a fish dish and one meat. We were all equally complimentary. The desserts were also delicious. I booked online and the round table provided was perfect for chatting. Friendly staff. Unhurried. My only quibble was the time taken to acknowledge us as there was only one person at the bar and no one else about to take us to our seats. Nevertheless everything else was excellent so highly recommended.
Five Stars for everything
Our whole experience of this gorgeous place was superb from our arrival (in time for afternoon tea – not to be missed) through to our evening meal which surpassed our expectations totally. The food is like nothing we had ever tasted before, so well executed and tasty. The staff were all so friendly and the barman introduced me to rhubarb gin – never to be forgotten. The room we stayed in was called Driftwood and was modern, clean and had everything you could possibly need, including a fridge, coffee maker and several varieties of teas. When we arrived back to our room after our meal we found the room fairies had visited and the fridge was packed with goodies for breakfast the next morning. This, again, was such a relaxing experience in our own room, dressed in robes eating cereal, juices, fruit, ham, cheese, pastries, croissants, bread and all the accompaniments.
Our only thoughts now are when we can visit again for more of the same October 2017
We dined here while visiting nearby Rhos-on-Sea, it was definitely worth the short journey from there. The staff were exceptionally friendly and attentive even though they were busy. Both my husband and myself had the hake and it was superb, but the icing on the cake was the rice pudding with pear it was amazing. Definitely worth a visit. October 2017
First-time visit, definitely won’t be the last
We’ve moved nearby this pub and never been in until a couple of days ago, despite hearing good reviews. We booked for Friday evening. It was quieter than we expected, not that it’s a bad thing. The food was delicious, we couldn’t fault it. The pub itself is a beautiful building and staff were genuinely lovely. We brought our puppy who was offered dog treats from the staff as soon as we walked in. Unfortunately, the pup didn’t appreciate it as much as us and was quickly banished to the car rather than have him annoy everyone. We were very impressed, we can’t wait to go back September 2017
Excellent place to stay
“We stayed for just one night in “Driftwood” – the best room in the house! It is a lovely bright and airy room containing a selection of Tim’s artwork. The reception is always friendly – the owners Tim & Lynn always willing to have a good natter. The food and service in the restaurant are always 100%. The fish & chips I had was better than the fish & chips I had eaten in a Michelin starred restaurant the day before – well done Chelsea. The best place for miles around! October 2017
Perfect atmosphere and food
“I booked a last minute stop over here while visiting family. I just picked the first on the list, but boy, did I get lucky! Lovely people, outstanding food (pork belly to die for!), lovely real ale and wine, and a great atmosphere. The owners have put so much effort into making the place friendly and inviting. Very nice accommodation (I stayed in the “Pebble” room), with a comfy bed, very nice duvet and a huge bath and separate shower.
The breakfast was stunning – you get your own fridge filled with fresh pastries, bread, cheese, ham, fruit and a delicious yoghurt/nut thing. Plus toaster, tea, coffee and real fresh milk. You can take it easy and eat it on the private patio – no need to talk to anyone in the morning! I was travelling by myself and the breakfast was enough for about 4 people The prices were good, and the staff great. Definitely recommended!” May 2017
Perfect afternoon tea!
“We took my nana for her 90th birthday and everything was perfect. From the attentive service from Tim (the owner) expertly talking through the range of fine teas, to every facet of the food being delicious, fresh and yummy. All 7 of us enjoyed every aspect, my nana especially. Most of us selected the savoury afternoon tea option which included a range of sandwiches, hot savouries, cakes and scones. Having been to a number of the top hotels in London for afternoon tea, the standard was on a par with them however with the cost £20/head this was exceptional value for money! Well done everyone involved, we’ll be back!” April 2017
What a hidden gem
“I’ve stayed at The Kinmel Arms twice now, both times for a school reunion. The first time, there were just the two of us and the second time a bigger party, though not all staying as the hotel has only 4 rooms. My favourite is Driftwood which is amazing, with an old-fashioned roll-top bath as well as a wet room shower. Don’t be put off by the fact that The Kinmel Arms is in the middle of nowhere – Tim (an amazing artist whose work adorns the rooms) and Lynn are simply the best hosts in the world and the bar at The Kinmel Arms is a real focal point. The selection of drinks is vast, the wine list long and impressive and the food in the heavily overbooked restaurant is fantastical, staggeringly good, thanks to head chef Chad. I live in London and if this restaurant was there it would be up to the best. The welcome is always warm and personal and although the rooms and the restaurant are relatively expensive, its worth every penny and more. The second time we were there we had several gatherings in the bar and a dinner for 8 of us in the restaurant and the attention was still 100% personal. I can’t recommend this place highly enough. The breakfasts are so good (left in your room fridge the night before) I’d travel to Wales just for those – cereals, cheese and meat, yoghurts, wonderful bread, fruit platter – and your own kettle and coffee maker.” April 2017
Great Dinner with a Friendly Welcome
“Took the family for a weekday dinner. Warm welcome, toasty fire and a fine selection of drinks. A big bowl a fantastic Menai muscles to share as a starter while the vegetarian daughter had a great mushroom starter. A variety of mains from Ribeye steak (rare and superb) to a ladies size fish and chips (still substantial), all were excellent..” Dec 2016
New Year’s Eve
“Well we’re back @ The Kinmel Arms….! It was hard to resist the temptation of booking this great venue for our New Year’s Eve soirée!!!We were not to be disappointed yet again every thing was perfect! The seven course meal started @ 7.00pm with Champagne & canapés which were delicious as were the next six courses!! As usual Tim’s Wine Flight was exquisite, perfectly complimenting each dish!! Chad the head chef pulled out all the stops and everything from menu planning, the dishes & execution were spot on!! As usual Tim & Lynne were the perfect hosts always seeming in control but having time for chit chat through the course of the evening!!” Jan 2017
Yummy Afternoon Tea
“Wonderful afternoon tea. The staff are friendly and helpful. There was a choice of different teas to drink, Sandwiches, savoury tart and delicious cakes. We will definitely visit again.” Dec 2016
Stunning, relaxing ….you HAVE to do it!
“We have eaten many times here as the place is literally 3 miles from our house, and every time we have had the best eating and drinking experience it is possible to imagine. What we had never done though, obviously due to how close to home it is, is to stay the night. So last Friday, as a treat because we were both working on New Year’s Eve, we stayed. This is the brilliance of what Tim and Lynn, along with their fantastic, professional, friendly staff have created here – we could just as easily have been 300 miles from home, it was SO relaxing ! The food is truly special, beautifully presented, cooked to perfection and all locally sourced top quality produce. Tim or Lynn are always on hand to sit with you and explain certain menu choices, incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Our room, ‘Driftwood’ was lovely, the stand out feature for us being a VERY spacious free standing bath…..
There are some lovely walks around the location (Tim has walking maps he can let you use to get the best from that experience) and we found the whole experience incredibly relaxing” Stayed Dec 2016
“Excellent food! Had the fish & chips and I can honestly say it’s the best I’ve ever had and I’m very critical! Second time I’ve been here in a week , worth coming back too !!! was here on day after Boxing Day and it was full to the rafters , this did not affect service or food , atmosphere was brilliant” Stayed Dec 2016
Excellent accommodation, very friendly & superb food
“Had a lovely overnight stay and superb evening meal. Would definitely stay again. Love the breakfast arrangements as you can take your time. Only slight negative is that you can’t reach the shampoo & conditioner when relaxing in the bath.” Stayed Dec 2016
Delightful afternoon tea
“As we just missed lunch service following a walk on the beach we had to “settle” for afternoon tea. Arriving slightly disheveled and with our dog the team could not have been more welcoming – such a relief as anyone with a dog will know. We settled into a sofa by the log fire and selected the savoury afternoon tea menu rather than the sweet option. Choosing which of the many available loose tea options was made easier as our host talked through each tea in turn. Our individual three tiered food platters (I am sure they have a proper name which is not that) arrived shortly after our preferred tea and we were delighted. Every element from the local cheese, finger sandwich, scone and Viennese biscuit topped mince pie was delicious. When we couldn’t finish it all, in spite of having missed lunch and being very hungry, the team boxed up our left overs for the homeward journey. From the genuinely warm welcome to the delicious fare everything was perfect and even at £20 a head felt like great value. Needless to say we are planning a return visit.” Stayed Dec 2016
Gorgeous hotel with amazing staff
“I stayed here for a business trip, as soon as we arrived the staff were very accommodating. The room ‘pebbles’ was amazing with lovely decor. Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay the night as I had to leave late evening. The staff even got our breakfast for the day after so we could take it away. I only have positives to say about this hotel, I thoroughly recommend staying here if you are about in the area.” Stayed Nov 2016
You won’t be disappointed…
“Visited for lunch last week which was just superb. The Mushroom Bruleé was exceptional with the added twist of Truffle Butter and neither did the White Crab with Lemon Grass Emulsion disappoint.. I was on a real food roll by the time the mains arrived and they did no disappoint either. The Menai Mussels were the sweetest I have eaten anywhere the Thai Cream Sauce hit just the right note , a very generous portion of bread made this a lunch to remember. My partner chose Fish and chips – the batter was homemade and crispy , the chips were superb and the crowning glory was the home made tartar sauce. No room for pudding but the final touch of home made petit fours with coffee was just brilliant. Apart from the food, the staff were very friendly and welcoming . My advice – this is a place to put on your list for lunch.” Stayed Oct 2016
Stunning, beautiful, fabulous!!
“Wow, when we arrived we were a little apprehensive as to what to expect, but that soon diminished. We were greeted with a lovely warm welcome by Lynn and her staff and it made you feel so at ease. We were taken through to the Pebble suite and wow what absolutely stunning accommodation it was! The pictures do it no justice whatsoever. Spacious, but cosy at the same time? The walk-in shower/luxury roll top bathroom was gorgeous, the décor with Tim’s own paintings were fab, a truly talented artist, the art work was beyond stunning, and they are through the bar itself. While we drank in the bar and dined in the restaurant the breakfast “fairies” delivered our continental/buffet style breakfast to our suite-wow……Everything and more that you could want, a fresh fruit platter, homemade bread with homemade preserves,yogurts,a choice of 4 cereals to choose from, a selection of cheeses orange and cranberry juice, fresh coffee….it’s endless. A great idea, so easy and relaxed and intimate…..wonderful. Would we recommend – hell yes – would we go again – hell yes – its already booked”