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The Good Food Guide 2020 – Wales Factsheet

The Good Food Guide 2020 reveals its best eateries in Wales

The Good Food Guide has announced its top eateries and award winners today. Alongside the finest dining establishments in the country, the Guide, owned by Waitrose & Partners, celebrates quality eateries in local areas such as The Gaff in Abergavenny and discoveries including Heaney’s in Cardiff. . 

Top-scoring restaurant in Wales

Restaurants from across the region that have made it into the Guide’s Top 50 have been unveiled, with the top-scoring restaurant in Wales named as Ynyshir, which comes in at No.4.

Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, says of the restaurant, “When the opening shot is ‘not French onion soup’ – a clear, crunchy, seaweedy-sour broth of a palate cleanser – and a tiny wagyu burger, all crisp outer and soft inner, delivers a robustly umami hit, you know you are in the hands of an unconventional chef, one who creates a dining experience like no other. Gareth Ward thinks about flavour, not in a classic three-course way, but through a full throttle series of punchy bites that you won’t forget in a hurry.”

Restaurants in Wales that appear in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50

The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the country; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback.

Other notably high-scoring restaurants in the region featuring in the Top 50, alongside Ynyshir, include:

  • Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth, No.35
  • The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire, No.38
  • Sosban & The Old Butcher’s, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey, No.45

New Entries

Wales boasts five new entries in this year’s Good Food Guide:

  • The Warren, Carmarthen
  • Heaneys, Cardiff
  • The Gaff, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
  • The Fox and Hounds, Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Artisan Rooms, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

Best Local Restaurant

The Best Local Restaurant Awards recognise fabulous neighbourhood eateries up and down the country.  
Readers were asked to nominate their favourite neighbourhood restaurants, places that give a warm welcome and share a passion for local produce, plus a commitment to the community. The Good Food Guide judges visited the shortlisted finalists before selecting a winner in each region.

This year’s Best Local Restaurant in Wales is The Warren in Carmarthen.

The Good Food Guide by Waitrose & Partners notes that The Warren was launched after a successful crowdfunding campaign. The Guide continues, “this rambling café and restaurant sits squarely at the heart of the community, with open mic nights, charity quizzes and occasional live music among its roster of events. It’s a convivial space whether you’re after a hearty breakfast, great-value lunch or more substantial dinner. The Warren takes full advantage of its setting to craft dishes from the excellent regional produce on its doorstep, with much of it plant-based.”

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