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Butterflies Bar & Kitchen, Pontypool, Gwent

Butterflies Bar & Kitchen

4.8
4.8
1098 Reviews
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Multi-award winning restaurant situated in the heart of the World Heritage Town of Blaenavon.
Originally built in 1832 as the Cross Keys Hotel we have been serving the locals of Blaenavon and beyond for almost 200 years.

We are well known across South Wales for our award winning Welsh black steaks which are locally sourced by our local butcher Bromfield's. We always use local produce to support local farmers, suppliers and producers.

Voice awards - Best chef 2018
Voice awards - Best Sunday lunch 2019
Voice awards - Best steaks 2019
Welsh hospitality awards - Best Welsh restaurant 2021
Welsh restaurant awards - Best in South Wales 2023
Best commercial garden - 9 consecutive years

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2 people

19:00


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Gastro Pub, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sun 12:30–16:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01495 791044
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Dayne Watkins
  • Area
    Pontypool
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,098 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Wales

    Best Overall

  • South Wales

    Best Food

  • South Wales

    Best Service

  • South Wales

    Best Ambience

  • South Wales

    Best Value

  • South Wales

    Good for special occasions

  • South Wales

    Most Booked

1,098 Reviews
  1. CLAIREL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday lunch was absolutely delicious and the staff were amazing. Such a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. Already booked for July.

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  2. Courtney

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place, service was excellent very personal and friendly. Food was outstanding

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  3. MichelleK

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked in at 18.30, finished our food at 19.15 (two courses) felt rushed

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  4. Madders

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, stunning food, lovely staff, great ambiance. Steaks were amazingly good, dirty fries to die for, choice on menu like no where else. This restaurant is a complete hidden gem. Not to be missed.

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  5. LisaB

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing food my partner said his lamb was the best he’s tasted! And my fish was beautiful. The service is amazing the staff are so welcoming and friendly. It truly is a valley gem

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  6. MeganS

    South Wales

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite restaurant! Always a lovely experience. Staff are so friendly and the food always 10/10. We aim to come once a month and are never disappointed. Honestly best steak ever!

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  7. Cath

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, oustanding food and excellent staff. Service was amazing. Very friendly staff Can't fault butterflies at all. Very good value for many.

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  8. AndreaJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food superb service we had the valentines menu and it was perfect. Beautifully cooked and staff can’t do enough for you. Would definitely recommend. Sunday lunch fully booked for months after dining there I can see why

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  9. TS22

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would have liked to have seen the set menu appear prior to booking on this site. Could have offered choice of set menu or main. But overall excellent service and quality food/drink

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  10. Stephen

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food simply out of this world. I know some of the great steak comes from sourcing the best materials which they obviously do, but the love and care shown to this wonderful produce shows in the cooking as well. You can see the staff have a real love for the food and service they provide. The staff ALWAYS have a smile on there face, know there menu and nothing is to much trouble for them. Keep coming back again and again thinking that they can’t amaze me any more but every time I come back I’m always amazed. Keep up the amazing work front of house and kitchen staff, together you’ve built a real Welsh gem.

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  11. JoshW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my partner very enjoyed our visit the staff was nice and friendly, the food was stunning we definitely be booking again

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best if not the best meals I've ever had. Delicious and good portion sizes could have literally fed a couple more people. I was so stuffed. Good selection on the menu to choose from. Staff were friendly and very helpful and can tell they enjoy their job. Venue was decorated to perfection for valentines day and lights dimmed felt so relaxing and romantic very chilled. Will definitely be going back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual superb service and the place looks amazing. Food wow best valentine's meal ever. Thnx to all the wonderful staff

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  14. AmyF

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails to deliver. We traveled 45 mins to return to this place for the valentines set meal. The food, the staff, the decorations all absolutely unreal. You really can’t fault this place at all!!

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  15. StevenC

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed as it was a set menu and not the menu we're used to and enjoy. Not much choice. Tomato soup was liked tinned, chicken was boring and fruit kebab was on a hot skewer with an over sweet dipping sauce. Very disappointed. Staff were good as always, but it was extremely hot and stuffy in there which made us feel uncomfortable. Overpriced for the set meal menu seen as there wasn't much choice.

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  16. Rebecca

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for valentine's and food did not disappoint I had the salmon and my wife had the steak. The salmon was cooked perfectly and very delicious and my wife said the steak was really tender and tasty. The portion sizes were very generous and the front of house staff was very attentive would highly recommend and will definitely be going there again.

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  17. HelenF

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Sunday dinner, and such good value. The service is second to none, and the staff are outstanding. It's not hard to see why you need to book so far in advance

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  18. CEvs

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Sunday lunch. Seemed to book forever in advance - but we’ll worth the wait.

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  19. BethC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and incredible service as always! Plenty of the menu can be adapted to be gluten free, which is always great to see and it tasted incredible! As always, we’ll be back 😁

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  20. FayeC

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omg!! Everything was Amazing …food, staff, service, EVERYTHING! 😀

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  21. PHILT

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A gem of a restaurant. Great ambiance and dining area, complimented by an excellent choice and quality of low noise background music. Food was outstanding. Cooked to perfection and clearly the best of ingredients used. The service was provided and delivered perfectly by a group of very pleasant well trained staff. An excellent dining experience.

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  22. JonathanC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, service was outstanding very friendly, great atmosphere and good background music, great value for money, definitely good back again

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  23. HayleyT

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, literally perfect and excellent service. Highly recommended

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  24. SarahB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fab place will definitely go agen only thing was I didn't see a small menu for children

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  25. MARTYNH

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time here , Will come again Told friends and family to give it a go

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  26. HeidiJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous meal, staff lovely, bit of an issue parking. Great meal.

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  27. Debbiep

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only problem that I would say was that the food was cold by the time you get half way through the sharing steak platter. It's not as nice when it's cold.

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  28. NickM

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience, staff were brilliant, very friendly & food was outstanding.

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  29. AbiJ

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday lunch at butterflies . Really Enjoyed

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  30. lisakl

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That was our first Sunday lunch with you,so we knew we were in for a treat after visiting you a few times last year in the evening the food was absolutely delicious. The beef just fell apart the vegetables were delicious and plentiful your gravy is perfect and we even managed to squeeze in one of your wonderful puddings. Thank you for the great food and service we will definitely be back 😊

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  31. DeanJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice meal, great service. Would recommend to family and friends.

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  32. Bunny

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in South Wales. Great Steaks sourced well and at very competitive prices The owners have got a well oiled ship, the staff are fantastic and the Pub is fabulous and full of history. The bookings are filled and that says it all.

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  33. KelseyB

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been to Butterflies multiple times and each time we go the food is still just as amazing as the first time! Food is absolutely delicious cooked to perfection, atmosphere is great nice and relaxed and all staff members are welcoming and more than happy to help! Can’t wait to return for some more amazing food!

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  34. JenniferJ

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and with the extended veggie menu great options for us all

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  35. NicolaC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and delicious food as always. Standards never slip.

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  36. SamanthaE

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful meal with lovely staff! Would definitely recommend.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always, quality food and excellent service.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited 24.1.24 for my husbands birthday and it did not disappoint ,wow 🙌 the food was beautiful 😍, we shared the butchers block, garlic bread ,chips and garlic chilli prawns and everything was amazing and the staff were so lovely and friendly, will definitely be back

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  39. AlisonP

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, ambience, amazing food which was unbelievably good value for money. Already booked for next time & in the meantime will be keeping eye open for any cancellations.

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  40. MichaelM

    South Wales

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Sunday lunch . Booked for April ,which was the next available date . I've did a longer review on TripAdvisor. Take a look

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Butterflies Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 1098 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Butterflies Bar & Kitchen

31/33 Queen Street, Pontypool, Gwent NP4 9PN

Additional information

  • Area
    Pontypool
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sun 12:30–16:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Gastro Pub, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Dayne Watkins
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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