“ Abergynolwyn, Tywyn, LL36 9YW. Tel: 01654 782279 „
During a recent trip to Wales my son in law brought us to the beautiful little village of Abergynolwyn where we decided to take advantage of the warm weather with an hours lounging outside the Railway Inn, the outside seating area at the front of the pub has amazing views across the stunning Welsh countryside and it seemed the perfect place to stop for some lunch.
There were nine of us altogether; five adults, two children and a toddler so we clustered around the two tables which were lined up together and set about deciding what to eat. The menu is rather extensive and although we all ended up choosing a steak meal we could have had fish, traditional pub grub, a roast meal or vegetarian option. All seemed to be reasonably priced for the area, at first glance the menu may look pricey but you are paying here for top quality freshly cooked food which I believe is always worth paying a slight premium for. I'd say on average each meal costs £2 - £3 more than if you were buying it in your local pub restaurant with our steaks costing between £8.75 and £12.90.
We didn't have to wait too long for our meals and to be honest we were in no rush anyway and the twenty minute wait flew by as we chatted about our trip so far and made plans for the rest of the weekend. My granddaughters' got a little bored as the pub is located on the main road which runs through the village (which is barely a road at all with approximately three cars passing in the two hours we were sitting there) so there was no room for them to play. Eventually we allowed the two older girls' to take their baby sister to the large grassy area across the road as it's an extremely safe place and we could see them at all times, this solved the problem of them being bored and allowed us adults to savour the peaceful Abergynolwyn atmosphere.
Our food was amazing, absolutely fantastic. Beautifully presented with an attractive and very fresh side salad, the meal was delicious. When we placed the order we were each asked how we'd like our steak cooked and this was achieved with no mix-ups on the order, the gentleman who took our order also brought us our food and he even remembered which of us had ordered which steak even though we are a rather picky lot and the variations we ordered ranged from 'medium rare' (for me) and 'practically cremated' (for my daughter)! There is unfortunately no childrens' menu so we had to order the girls' meals from the main menu, it wasn't a problem this particular day as they had worked up an appetite with all the walking but I think the portion sizes would have been too large for them ordinarily and back home much of a meal this size would have been wasted.
There are a wide selection of drinks available at the bar ranging from the usual lagers you would expect to see anywhere, an excellent wine list, real ales and soft drinks - including a much needed cup of tea that I drank after I'd finished my meal. Whereas the meals were priced a little higher than I would have expected, the drinks are much cheaper than most pubs we visited in this area of Wales. I did not feel I was being charged over the odds at any point which can often happen in such stunning areas as you seem to be paying for the privilege of the scenery viewed while drinking.
Abergynolwyn is well known by tourists but is a little off the beaten path so I found the Railway Inn had a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It looks to be popular with dog walkers and older people with us being the only people who really stood out as tourists, not that we misbehaved in any way it's just that other customers seemed like they knew the village and pub itself well and weren't just dropping in as we had. Inside the Railway Inn has a traditional and warm feel, although we sat outside for our visit we passed through the pub en route to the toilets (which were spotless, by the way) and when ordering our drinks.