An afternoon at Ynyshir Hall

Anna and I had a pleasant afternoon at Ynyshir Hall on Sunday afternoon. We weren’t there for some more Michelin-starred dining though – we can’t afford that very often, especially now that Ynyshir is probably the most exclusive restaurant in the UK! Instead, we were there for the Cardiganshire Horticultural Society Plant Fair.

The plant fair was on from 2 pm – 4 pm in the grounds of Ynyshir Hall. The £3 entry fee included tea and cake and allowed us to stroll around the extensive grounds. It was a glorious day for it. I’d been for a run in the morning and then we’d chilled at home before making the short 10-minute drive to Ynyshir Hall

We arrived at 2 pm to find the car park pretty much full already. There was a queue to get in and as we joined it at 2:04 pm there were already a couple of people leaving with wheelbarrows or arms full of plants. It looked as though there had been a 2pm scrummage to get the best of the plants!

We missed out on this and by the time we got to the plant stalls there was nothing much that interested us. Instead, we went for a nice stroll through the grounds, had our tea and cake next to the marquee and then had another stroll before heading home. The grounds were nice. Nothing too formal just lots of nice woodland paths and some bog gardens. The bog gardens were all but dried up thanks to the dry, hot few weeks that we’ve had.

It was a nice afternoon out and kept us amused for a while. Funnily enough, my Facebook memory today from 2 years ago was this:

Same Place - 2 years ago today!
Same Place – 2 years ago today!

We might not have had any Michelin-starred food this time, but we have booked an afternoon taster menu at Gwen, a new restaurant in Machynlleth for our anniversary! Gwen is an intimate 8-seat restaurant where we’ll have a 10-course tasting menu served by head chef Corrin Harrison. It’s a sister restaurant of Ynyshir and uses some of the world’s best ingredients as used by Gareth Ward at Ynyshir Restaurant & Rooms. Should be another nice afternoon out next month.

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