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Happy 2016!

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Yet another fabulous New Years Eve at the Oak …..

new year 2016

Huge thanks to Creak’n’Twist for making the evening pop with the amazing balloon modelling


and to our regular cabaret act Leandra for her amazing voice and getting the whole party singing….


The kitchen team surpassed themselves with this years dessert – a celebration of chocolate which consisted of….

Dark chocolate & orange tart, a chocolate macaroon with popping candy, dark chocolate & beetroot sponge, milk chocolate panacotta, hazelnut ganache brownie, a chocolate arctic roll with damson puree and white chocolate milkshake to swirl it all down with – sublime!



We’ve already taken a heap of bookings for New Years Eve 2016 so give us a call if you want to reserve a room and your place at our incredible Gala Dinner 🙂


Santa’s all wrapped up…..

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Murder Mystery Dinner

if your looking for the ultimate Christmas celebration join us on 29th November 2014 for a who-dunnit Oak style…

book your table, get glammed up and spend a night in North Wales quite unlike another….. mystery, intrigue, laughter and suspense guaranteed as a

Murder Occurs on 34th Street

Christmas at Bloominecks Department Store, supposedly a time of peace and goodwill to all men.

Is Santa about to get the sack?

Does his assistant Elf Orleather have a ruthless amibition?

Why is shop assistant Toya Zarrus putting in so many hours?

What is store owner Mr Macy’s secret?

And why does the mysterious Mrs Goodbody spend more time in the grotto than anyone else…….

will Santa be held up or will someone receive the most unwanted present….

a little warning if youre attending tho …. it may be hazardous to your ‘elf!

murder & dinner £39.50 per person

special accommodation rates for those of you overcome with the suspense or about to die of laughter…

happy new year!

Put a Spring in your Step…..

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So spring has re-emerged and there are primroses, catkins, buds and greenery shooting up everywhere…………. we love it 🙂

To give you a taste of what Betws-y-Coed has to offer this month take a short or long walk right from the heart of the village and discover new worlds bursting into life!

The Bridges Walk is an easy amble through Betws taking in some famous bridges, ravishing rivers and wonderful woodlands

So put your walking shoes on, grab a waterproof (just in case…this is Wales after all….) and follow the green leafy road!

Watch out for next months newsletter, with details of what has to be one of the most beautiful walks Snowdonia has to offer… to get a sneak peek why not book one of our mid-week Walkers Breaks and get your free map with highlighted walks & climbs – not only that but we throw in a scrummy packed lunch – really theres nothing quite like eating your sandwich on the side of a hill and watching the world go by below you…..

and on that note I’m off out to put a spring in my step……

Pont Y Pair Bridge, Betws-y-Coed

Pont Y Pair Bridge, Betws-y-Coed

Foodie News

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Food Glorious Food!

Unbeknown to us we had some journalists from the online magazine ‘Your Source Today’ stay with us last week – and it just proves that Snowdonia has a whole heap more to offer than exhilirating scenery and adventure sports….

Climbing high on that list is all the local produce on offer – we’ve always been advocates of buying as locally as possible and in recent years the producers and growers out in our stunning countryside have added to their staples and developed organic sites, exotic produce and a whole new way of working with the local catering industry.

As the article demonstrates and our tag line has always said –

“Its all Here!”

to read more visitthe link at  Your Source Today

and a big thanks to Ellie & Ben for being such delightful guests 🙂


The Return of Real Tea…..

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Our fabulous Loose Leaf Tea selection has been put together by award winning tea company Caffi Cristobel who are committed to high quality, locally sourced ethical products – We’ve even got a sample selection for you to waft your nose under before you choose your perfect blend! And you get dinky little tea pots you can infuse your tea in for as long or as little as you like…..

At the moment you can choose from;

Earl Grey- this one comes with real Bergamont from Provence

Assam Hunwal a lovely strong tea perfect at breakfast time

Niligri Thiashola – brisk and fresh tea which is perfect with cakes and deserts

Elegance Blend – strawberry, jasmine & white tea all combined to make teh perfect summer fruit tea

Sencha & Ginseng- a natural sweetness with all the incredible goodness that comes from ginseng- feel the health!

Jasmine – now this is real jamsmine tea! the cheaper versions of this green tea are only soaked with the blossom once -this one gets seven strainings to ensure the fragrance is captured giving you a delicate flavour alongside the green tea

or Rooibos Cinnamon Plum – pure organic red tea with a hit of cinnamon and safflower – caffine and tannin free

For our full menu click below;

lounge menu


Happy Tea drinking!

Ysgol Betws-y-Coed visit to the Royal Oak

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Last month the Royal Oak were met with a classroom of youngsters from the local primary school in Betws-y-Coed. The children came to learn about the typical running processes in the restaurant and the different bars.

Fresh faced and full of life, the youngsters arrived in the morning and were introduced to the Llugwy River Restaurant Supervisor Dylan. Dylan led them into the David Cox Suite and chatted to them about all the different foods served and where they originate from. Dylan passed them each a menu and asked the youngsters to pick out any foodie terms that they were not familiar with. The children learnt a lot about foreign favourites, for example ‘Creviche’, ‘Sabayon’ and what an ‘Amuse Bouche’ was. (I’m sure a lot of our older readers may not know these terms either!).

Dylan then led the classroom around the hotel showing them the Stables Bar and the Grill room, explaining why the menu’s differ and why some were bigger than others. The children were interested and were full of questions and ideas. Dylan explained pricing and also explained why it is important to the hotel that we use local produce where possible.

After an energetic morning of learning and exploring, the children thanked the Royal Oak team and went back to school for a hard day of work.

A week or so later, the team at the Royal Oak recieved a small package from the school with a letter from each of the pupils thanking us for our time. Each letter was personalised, had pictures and explained what they had enjoyed the most (Not to mention written to a very high standard!). This was such a lovely gesture, and it made Dylan and the team really feel that they had made a difference.

We really enjoyed the chance to speak to these youngsters and we really hope a similar opportunity comes around again soon.
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Oakfest 2013!

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                                                                                           Oakfest 2013 is looming, and with even more acts confirmed, this year is all set to be a blinder! With only another two weeks to go, the Stables bar is relentlessly preparing for a busy day of music, madness and mischief! From 1pm on Saturday September the 7th the Stables courtyard will begin with an array of folk, indie, blues and rock music. This will continue throughout the day and into early evening – finally finishing at 10:30pm. With FREE ENTRY Oakfest will excite, enthuse and electrify you – It’s all about the love of music!

Established last year by the locally renowned Lighted Stage Events, Oakfest proved to be a huge success with both locals and tourists alike. With over 300 music lovers attending last year, The Stables Bar predicts this number to exceed with this year’s exceptional musical shenanigans.

With bands coming from all over North Wales and the surrounding areas, there is sure to be something to suit all tastes. If it’s a bit of ‘Swamp Blues with attitude’ you’re after then don’t miss the Chester Burnettes! Or if you more inclined to a touch of Rock & Roll then it’s the SilverBack Band that’ll get you going! Other acts include Jack Davies, GeorgeLive, Andy Fogg, Two Suns, Tony Williams, Betsan Williams and Kevin Wardman.

Oakfest is unlike anything experienced in Betws before. It is the opportunity to truly appreciate the remarkable talents of the area while also sitting in what is one of the most remarkable and magnificent national parks in world. With a fine selection of local ale and exquisite locally sourced food at hand – Oakfest is truly a celebration of all things Snowdonia!
(The Chester Burnettes performing at Oakfest 2012)                                  


rain didn’t stop play

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Betws-y-Coed held it’s first Outdoor Festival hosted by Discover Snowdonia on Bank Holiday Monday and wouldnt you know it the heavens opened and the downpour continued all day!

Not put off by the lovely wild Welsh climate some hardy hill folk and a whole heap of little ones came and enjoyed what discovering the outdoors was all about! They braved the slippery slope of the mountain bike track, braved the sky high climbing wall, skidded down rivers on the giant slide and zipped through the air with the greatest of ease on the mobile zip-line!

Also the event bought together local outdoor companies – Go-Below who deliver caving and mine experiences deep underground- Outdoor Adventure Wales, North Wales Active and Seren Ventures who have some of the worlds best instructors were there to encourage kayaking trips, climbing, guided walks, gorge walking, coasteering and cannyoning- also on hand to help with bike skills were Beics Betws who hire out mountain bikes in the village!

More Discover Snowdonia events are now being planned throughout the year and the team hope to encourage more of you to learn new skills and revel in mini adventures ….

to find out more and Discover Snowdonia for yourself

zip line funtastic

Adventure to Betws

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Discover Snowdonia is launching a taster day on Monday May 27th on Cae Llan from 10am-5pm

The event showcases some of the most incredible outdoor activities you can try out whilst you’re visiting Betws-y-Coed.

From abseiling and cave exploration to kayaking and zip-lining, some of the mini taster experiences will be available for all to try on the day.

Theres a Grand Draw to raise donations for our incredible mountain rescue teams and amonsgst the prizes are a half day adventure for two and a two night stay right here at the Royal Oak

Alongside the action will be gentler ventures – opening up a new world, discover what to eat for free with foraging and bushcraft skill demonstrations and low level guided walks with panoramic photo opportunities – also hosting a workshop on the day is the team from the Snowdonia Arts Festival who hope to inspire your inner creativness and discover snowdonia in a whole new light!

For those who fancy testing their navigational skills there’s a geocache treasure hunt organised by Cotswolds Outdoor or for the competitive mind try your skills at tent assembly all against the clock – with great prizes available and a whole heap of laughter!

Ogwen Mountain Valley Rescue team will be also be on hand to demonstrate their incredible skills and inform and educate the uninitiated to mountain-lore.

On Cae Llan itself watch rip roaring tricks on the Mountain Bike Skills Track and when you’ve watched enough get on your bike and have a go!

Dare devil in you? Then climb the pole and launch yourself down the zip-line to fly through the air with the greatest of ease!

With day turning into evening wind down by listening to one of the special adventurer guest speakers….. and be inspired to create your own adventure!

Guaranteed to be a fun exhilarating day out for all ages Discover Snowdonia hopes to educate, thrill, energise and showcase Snowdonia’s many hidden gems . Opening up a whole new world of exploration within the glorious scenery of our beautiful national park, with world class outdoor instructors on hand, exciting activities to try and new skills to be learnt……….. come along and Discover Snowdonia for yourself!

Royal Oak Welcomes Loyal Customer Members with Open Arms!

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The Royal Oak is now offering customers the opportunity to join our member loyalty scheme! With numerous promotions, discounts and competitions, this scheme will be our way of showing our loyal and returning customers how very grateful we are for their continual support.

Leave the Royal Oak equipped with your membership card, and every time you eat and spend £20 or more on food at the Grill you will receive a stamp. You will then climb up our discount ladder, and with every third visit to the Grill you’ll be guaranteed a discount off your food!

Why wait when you could be collecting stamps!

Every third month we will randomly draw one lucky member from our database who will win a luxury night’s stay at the Royal Oak Hotel in an superior double room! In the morning, make your way to the Grill and divulge in either a freshly sourced and locally produced cooked breakfast, or a lighter but just as delicious continental breakfast. Stroll around our beautiful village and treat yourself to some of the goods on offer. Or for the more adventurous, climb the mountains, cycle the tracks, or ramble through the rough! Betws Y Coed truly has it all!

You will also benefit from receiving our regular newsletter where further discounts and promotions can be obtained. As well as interesting bits of information regarding the area and the hotel, you will find yourself really looking forward to checking your inbox!

So join our loyalty membership scheme today! Pick up a leaflet at reception, fill in your details and our wonderful reception staff will issue you you’re membership card there and then so that you can get in the Grill and start earning your stamps!