“ Address: Station Road / Porthmadog / LL49 9HT „
Located near to Porthmadog train station, The Queen's Hotel is a beautiful building with a striking interior and lovely beer garden. The bar is open to everyone and they have a selection of rooms upstairs which are reasonably priced and they can cater for any length of stay, we already had our accommodation so didn't stay here but I fully intend to return to Porthmadog at some point in the future and indulge in their hospitality.
We wanted a spot of breakfast before driving out to Snowdon to go on the train up the mountain, it's a fairly long excursion so we wanted to make sure we were all fed and watered before setting off. We actually walked into the pub before it was open as the doors weren't locked but were invited to take a seat in the beer garden while the final preparations for opening up were made, although the manager did ask if we were OK with dogs before opening up to the door to the beer garden revealing a very large Rottweiler having some exercise!
We looked at the menu and decided bacon and sausage sandwiches were in order with a cold glass of lager and lime for me sister and I, plus a Coke each for her grandsons. When ordering at the bar the manager mentioned that we could have them in baguettes for the same price so I opted for this, stressing that there was no butter to be spread on one of the sausage baguettes as the younger lad despises butter and the sight of it melting on hot food can make him physically sick. We waited just fifteen minutes for our food to be bought out to us and it was far beyond our expectations.
The baguettes were all golden brown, crunchy and extremely fresh. They were much larger than I had been expecting so the manager very kindly wrapped half of each of the sausages baguettes in foil so the boys could take it with them on our Snowdon trip, me and my sister finished our bacon ones because they were delicious though and who cares if we looked greedy! The baguettes were served with a delicious side salad that consisted of different kinds of leaves, cucumber, quartered plums and grapes over which was drizzled a wonderfully light balsamic sauce. We certainly ate like kings that morning! I was particularly impressed with how the bacon came; I asked for mine well done while my sister requested the fat be cut off her bacon, at the time I thought we came across as extremely cheeky and demanding but again the manager was very helpful and the food was cooked to our exact requirements.
While waiting for our food we were chatting to a member of staff who was on a break, he handed us a printed menu to take away as we explained that we didn't have time during our visit to go in for an evening meal. I must say it looks very impressive and after speaking to other customers that morning (several of whom were locals) can tell you that the consensus is that The Queen's Hotel is one of the nicest places to eat in Porthmadog, apparently the steaks are heavenly and their home made burgers are better again! I personally quite fancy the Tapas which is reasonably priced at £15 for three plates and looks to have a varied and authentic selection of dishes available.
As I am hoping to stay in the hotel I asked if it were possible to see a room and was shown a spacious double room which was attractively styled and comfortably furnished, rates are reasonable considering the prime location of this hotel and a variety of hospitality packages are available such as breakfast included or extra drinks for your room.
The interior of the pub area is very attractive, I feel it has recently been refurbished as everything looks newly finished and clean but they have kept the decor erring towards the traditional style of the exterior of the building. It manages to be bright and airy, thanks to large windows, yet cosy at the same time with tables spaced nicely so that you are not sitting too close to other diners but not so far away as to look unfriendly. There are a range of table sizes so whether you're visiting as a couple or larger family The Queen's Hotel should have no trouble accommodating you for a delicious meal.
We sat in the beer garden as it was such a lovely sunny morning and I found it to be a lovely area. There is a children's play area which my sister's grandsons headed for immediately while we sat comfortably on good quality wooden benches and enjoyed the views of Snowdonia in the background and the lush plants in the beer garden itself.
Guest house and pub.