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Dawsons @ The Castle Hotel
Dawsons @ The Castle Hotel

Dawsons @ The Castle Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.castlewales.co.uk
  • Phone: 0149 258 2800
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday: 8:00am - 10:00am, Tuesday - Friday: 7:30am - 10:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am

    Open for lunch and dinner: Monday - Friday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Nelson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please check for 'special occasions', such as Valentine's, Mothers' Day, Father's Day and Christmas when alternative menus are offered.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High Street
  • Public Transit: Trains: There is a main rail stop in the town of Llandudno Junction (a 5 minute taxi ride away), also Conwy has its own station accessed by a fantastic Telford bridge across the Conwy estuary but this is a requested stop, and only a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
    Buses: Being a world heritage site Conwy is accessed regularly by all bus routes.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We have a car park to the front of the building of 10 spaces and a rear car park accessed by an archway through the hotel consisting of a further 30 spaces (due the historic nature of the town of Conwy and the castle hotel itself, the entrance way to the rear car park is quite narrow, very large cars/trucks are advised to use the front car park).
A word from Dawsons @ The Castle Hotel
Dawson"s @ The Castle Hotel Conwy offers inspired use of fantastic local produce to create our Michelin guide recommended menu - 2 AA rosette awarded dishes that suit all occasions, from a quick bite to eat to that special occasion dinner.
With a choice of different areas, bar/lounge and dining room, the ambiance and "buzz" of satisfied diners adds to the overall experience and our friendly, un-stuffy service will hope to satisfy your every need.
The building dates back to the 16thC but has been transformed with a clever blend of modern style and sympathetic renovation of period features, meaning whichever area you choose to dine in you are sure of charm and comfortable surroundings.
The wine list is also worthy of note, with up to 16 wines by the glass being offered!
PLEASE STATE YOUR ROOM PREFERENCE - BAR OR RESTAURANT WHEN BOOKING, otherwise we will seat you in the best available table on arrival.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had to ask for a jug of water twice and coffees too. They had clearly forgotten about the coffees.. Should the restaurant have been busy I could have understood this but it was fairly quiet."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Another fabulous meal at this restaurant. We have never been let down by the food or service and can highly recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Disappointed that all burgers, anything with haddock in and the chocolate mousse were not available. What kind of restaurant runs out of burgers? We were the first evening diners in the restaurant!"
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "On arrival, the meal (enchiladas) looked odd - the cheese sauce was very liquid - BUT it was really good, tasty and enjoyable. I would definitely go again!"
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Lovely meal, service was excellent, quality of produce and presentation all great. Fabulous for special occasion"
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "We have lived in the area for 8 years and have never been to Dawsons despite it being recommended by others. I am so glad we finally went to eat there as it was a wonderful experience. The staff were all really friendly and attentive. There was a wide choice of food available which covered all our various dietary requirements! The food was delicious and beautifully presented without being pretentious. We will definitely go back there. "
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "Excellent food and value .Friendly & helpful staff ...Highly recommend ."
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "A delightful experience with great service and great food. Would absolutely recommend it to family and friends."
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "I can not wait to visit the Castle Hotel again for food, we couldnt fault a thing . The entire meal was outstanding and the service was perfect, "
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Great food slightly let down by the service. Very long wait for pre-dinner drinks with no explanation or apology, we had to ask where the drinks were. Waiter answered "no probs" to each dish chosen by our party - not great. Long wait between starters and mains, nice to have a pause but this was a wait. Rather clumsy service made for an awkward arrival of meals. We enjoyed the food very much and will be back but some extra training for the restaurant staff would be good."
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • "Overpriced poor service got order wrong cutlery dumped on table for us to place when you are charging £15.99 avg main course not good enough"
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "The meal was absolutely gorgeous as always... never disappoints."
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "we had a fantastic time at the castle hotel the food was fantastic and the service excellent. the fish dishes were fabulous and exceptional value. I would not hesitate to recommend the castle to visitors and local diners alike the staff were extremley helpful and service was great. we will certainly be back soon."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "went to this restaurant Saturday 15th March 2014 and it was a lovely meal, the room was fabulous, the staff very nice and friendly, everything was excellent ! would definitely go again,"
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Delicious food, good service and really nice atmosphere."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "The food was absolutely brilliant; you couldn't call it cheap by any means, but if you're willing to spend a bit more for a special occasion, you won't mind. The Castle is really a lovely place to be, to be honest; the ambience is thoroughly enjoyable. The service started off brilliantly, but got worse throughout the night; eventhough the restaurant emptied, the waiters at some point decided to ignore our table unless we asked explicitly. Nothing majorly dramatic, though."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "The meal was lovely but spoilt by the noise from the bar area. There were a number of people talking very loudly not far from our table. This was our first visit and may try again when we next visit here."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "The food is good quality gourmet style but I have had just as good less pretentious stuff from some up and coming establishments. I got the impression I was paying for a brand. Also the small proportions left me still hungry: not good if you've spent £30 a head - that's without wine!"
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Finding a lively bar & restaurant able to cater for fine dining tastes on a cold and windy Monday night in February was a pretty tall order, but Dawsons was a great choice for us. Service was enthusiastic (bordering on over-friendly, but that's being picky) and the food was all of good quality; we especially enjoyed the pickled vegetables and chef had no qualms when we asked for a side order "off menu". Scallops were excellent as a starter; less impressive when served in batter as posh fish & chips. Rest of the menu was varied and everything we had was good quality (burger, local crab meat, chicken terrine) and the wine & beer list suited all tastes for our mixed group. Would gladly go again to sample the rest of the menu."
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "Booked for family Sunday Lunch. Table requested duly supplied. Service was swift but not hasty,nice breaks between courses as required. Crostini for two highly recommended. My wife had twice cooked pork, very well presented and equally delicious, I settled for traditional beef roast, WOW, best beef I have tasted for a long time, daughter had pulled pork which was consumed with gusto, Mum devoured pork dinner, all washed down with exceptional wines. The finishing touches were the deserts, Panna Cota's and Creme Brulee's were despatched with mutterings of approval. Staff are friendly and obliging, the atmosphere is relaxed and we will be booking again in the near future. Try the courtyard for pre or after dinner drinks -BLISS !"
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "As always the Castle deliver excellent food. The menu gives you a good choice but not too silly with a limited choice of sweets but you won't be disapointed as the chef always seems to come up with the goods. Book the restaurant as the bar can be noisey on a weekend."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "First time at the Dawson's restaurant food was lovely very good choice on the menu we will be returning again thank you for a wonderful night"
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "I have been several times and the food has always been amazing, it makes fantastic treat for friends and family, when they are in season the mussels are amazing and i would highly recommend them"
    dined on 28/12/2013
  • "We had a superb visit to Dawsons@ TheCastleHotel. The staff were very friendly and efficient and the food was outstanding. I can't wait to go back"
    dined on 29/11/2013
  • "It was lovely and the staff were really kind and attentive fabulous special evening."
    dined on 29/11/2013
  • "We were 4 for dinner, and the menus (set price and a la carte) offered plenty of choice, with a fair number of veggie and gluten-free options. Dishes were well presented,in fine dining style, but not all up to a uniform standard of cooking: chef didn't get all the ideas quite right. We loved the use of local produce, especially sea food, but not sure if some items sare worth including: cockles (I think) had hardly any meat on them at all after cooking, but one still had to struggle with their shells. Mussels worked well, though - and are a local delicacy. The wine list was excellent: Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur lie was first class, and chilled dessert wine (a red muscat!) was a revelation. Service was outstanding."
    dined on 23/11/2013
  • "Food was great, served nicely and really tasty. Waiters were a little impatient, but OK overall, The ambiance is just amazing, lovely walled town dominated by castle, old hotel building, stylish restaurant, but in the end it seemed to be a little expensive. Though as it is common nowadays, much advised to anyone looking for a special occasion romantic dinner."
    dined on 15/11/2013
  • "Always have a great meal when we come here, service is excellent and food is great value. Would definatley recommend"
    dined on 15/11/2013
  • "Booked online for Sunday lunch for 4 people; hotel had kindly reserved both restaurant table and bar table, awaiting our preference. As restaurant deserted we chose bar, good table in bay window.Drinks ordered, received, meals ordered all fine, starters received fine. Then we waited, and waited and waited-- almost 45 minutes for our main courses. Others seemed to be in same situation. When food finally received it was good, but the edge was taken off the experience by the slow service, for which we received no apology. I recognise that freshly cooked food takes time but this was unreasonable."
    dined on 09/11/2013
  • "We have eaten here many times though this was the first occasion since spring. We have found better places to eat in Conwy but were very impressed when we first started eating here 2 years ago. The menu reads well, the ingredients sound lovely and are usually locally sourced. I had the chargrilled organic pork chop on a bed of butter beans and chorizo. Sounds lovely, looked appetising. However the pork lacked flavour and I did not find the butter beans appetising. I know if I picked the mussels or posh fish and chips I would enjoy. Sometimes only red meat will suffice but I am usually let down by it here. Seems overpriced. Lovely ambience ."
    dined on 27/10/2013
  • "The main courses were excellent; however the deserts were not very good. Overall though we had a great time and the main meals were really worth it."
    dined on 18/10/2013
  • "Lovely night. Food was fantastic, great service, value for money. Staff were very friendly. I asked the Hotel to organise some flowers for the table, they were beautiful. Will be returning"
    dined on 18/10/2013
  • "ENJOYED A CHARMING EVENING MEAL, STAFF WERE FRIENDLY AND ATTENTIVE, FOOD WAS OF A GOOD STANDARD BUT NOT EXCELLENT, AS THE STARTER OF SCALLOPS WERE OVERCOOKED BUT OTHERWISE TASTY, THE STEAK MY PARTNER CHOSE TO HAVE RARE CAME OUT AS BEING MEDIUM TO WELL DONE, BUT AGAIN WAS NOT A HUGE PROBLEM AS IT WAS VERY TENDER AND FULL OF FLAVOUR. I ONLY MENTION THIS AS A GUIDE TO THE CHEF AS A TOOL TO IMPROVE THE FINER DETAILS OF HIS RESTAURANT."
    dined on 06/10/2013
  • "The standard of food and variety of menu is very good. The menu itself is very helpful because the various vegetarian and gluten free dishes(of which the majority are gluten free) are very clearly marked, which is very helpful for the fairly large number of people who have this type of problem. The ambiance of the dinning room is pleasant and interesting with original paintings on the walls."
    dined on 05/10/2013
  • "Once again I visited Dawsons with my wife and youngest daughter(11) this time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food as always was excellent with the unusual exception of the posh fish & chips which was slightly overcooked. We have dined here several times and I must admit that the service was slower and lacking at times, however, we were in no rush and spent all afternoon relaxing in the welcoming surroundings and enjoying a few pre diner drinks in the courtyard etc. The staff appeared to be depleated and with concerted efforts failed to supply the usual high level of service."
    dined on 22/09/2013
  • "helpful staff, nice decor. Room got rather warm as it was busy, also lager options were quite poor. Food was tasty and menu was very appealing. Price is about right for the whole experience, would definately recommend snd will be going back"
    dined on 07/09/2013
  • "We booked our table online. Upon arriving for our table we were immediately informed that my 4 month old niece was not allowed in the bar area, that we accepted, but then when I informed that we had a table booked in the restaurant, they said we would be unable to have the booking as children were only allowed in the restaurant in car seats or high chairs for health and safety reasons and she was in a buggy?! You should make visitors to the premises aware prior to booking by mentioning this on your webpage. Eventually, a high chair with cushions was offered for my niece to sit in. As we had travelled quite a distance to come to the restaurant we had no option but to try. It was far from ideal, but at least we got to eat that evening."
    dined on 31/08/2013
  • "I have been coming to Conwy area for over 50 years and this is the best restaurant I have found within 20 miles. Years ago we stopped coming in here with my parents (presumably under different ownership), but because I saw recent good reviews we thought we would give it a try whilst on holiday this time. We were not disappointed! The friendly, very helpful, staff made it into a special occasion for my wife and I. The food was superb; I tried the recommended haddock and chorizo risotto which was sensational, though large enough for a main course! If you order this, make sure you have a relatively light main, unless you have a larger than average appetite! Overall excellent; we are booking to go back with friends on Saturday!"
    dined on 20/08/2013
  • "Dirty cutlery to start Ordered bread to share; dry and from a supermarket Starters were good Lamb main was good, but the gravy was probably thickened with cornflower so ended up gloopy Double portion of starter vegetarian risotto for main: portion was enormous, presented with Parmesan crisps which are not vegetarian as Parmesan contains rennet. Risotto was good but strange - rice pudding like Chocolate fondant for dessert: no gooey-on-the-inside, closer to choc sponge Latte coffee to finish, served in a mug, no froth, more like milky instant coffee Waitresses were v pleasant and helpful, nice place Been here before to eat last year and it was v good Such a shame it didn't meet our expectations and was overpriced, we won't be returning soon"
    dined on 20/08/2013
  • "I cannot fault the staff! They really were attentive and seemed to really enjoy what they were doing! A credit to the hotel, I cannot fault the actual cooking as it was cooked to perfection. Beautiful place and ambience :)"
    dined on 26/07/2013