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We’re starting to feel a little bit festive now the nights are drawing in……it led us to thinking about sparkly festoon fairy lights, log fires, hot chocolate,warm cinnamon rolls, spiced apples and mince pies.. so to kick off our Christmas feasting season here’s our first menu a scrumptious daily festive lunch menu being served from the 1st to the 24th of December in the Grill and the Llugwy River Restaurant – bookings essential on a Sunday
Oh and if you’re here at the weekends in December don’t forget Santa will be in his Grotto and gathering Christmas Wish Lists
To see ours Click here!
Our next BespOAK event is a popup entitled
The creative talents of Catering Manager Paul Adams and Head Chef SamP bring you Flair – our next culinary adventure encapsulated in a thrilling selection of interactive dishes on our specials list
Alongside the delectable delights of seasonal foods let our guest Flair BarTenders dazzle and amaze you with their juggling, manipulation & performance magic- seasoned professionals with thousands of hours of practiced dedication gives them superskills like no other!
Guaranteed to be a night to remember with a few other oohs’ and ahhs’ thrown in. So don your gladdest rags and join us for a night of foodie circus and theatre at the Llugwy River Restaurant – the glammest venue in town!
- 12th October @ 7.00pm
- call us on 01690 710219 to book your space!
With Visit Wales’ Year Of The Sea underway it brings to mind the topic that’s high on everyones agenda at the moment…………. single use plastic
The aim is to bring together local tourism businesses who want to see less plastic used (and discarded) in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, and in turn helping them raise awareness with all the guests who stay or visit North Wales the damaging effects that single use plastic has in the environment.
The Stables Lodge has installed a chilled filtered water system in the reception area for guests to use and refill their own flasks & bottles free of charge. (Royal Oak residents are also completely welcome to hydrate and fill their boots!)
The VIVREAU water system from Brita is also an ecological choice – it’s mains fed, filtered and chilled onsite – giving you completey fresh Wonderful Welsh Water without any impurities whatsoever. There’s also the added ecobonus of not needing to transport bottled water which means fewer lorries on our roads – we’re hooked and hydrated 💦
Talking about environmentally friendly… … The Stables Lodge room toiletries are also an ecological choice – with not a single use plastic bottle in sight! We use refillable toiletries and non-plastic wrapping in the Lodge bathrooms. All our lightfittings are LED too so no nasty filaments emitting heat – did you know that 95% of LED light energy goes to producing the light source with the remaining 5% being converted to heat. Traditional fluorescant lights emit 5% light and… yes that’s right… a whopping 95% heat!
So if your exped to Wales includes environmental adventuring then the Stables Lodge is committed to #doingourbit
To find out more about #plasticfreesnowdonia and how you can help reduce your plastic footprint check out the Breese Adventures webpage: https://www.breeseadventures.co.uk/plastic-free-snowdonia/
Our first BespOak event!
Combining the skills of catering manager Paul Adams and Head Chef Sam Plester and their two passions- travel and food we bring you our first Pop Up event on the 11th May 2018…
Sam’s travels across Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Thailand have introduced her to new flavours and subtle spicy nuances. She first encountered street food in Bangkok on a stopover enroute to Australia. So enamoured with new ingredients and ways of cooking she’s spent the past five Januaries heading back out to Asia and creating her own spice trail… Combine that with Paul’s love of the avant garde and they’ve developed an eight course street food tasting menu with a dash of theatre thrown in…
Spaces are pre-book only for this experiential dining experience – with a guaranteed combination of the expected and unexpected – just as you would find on any night street food stall ….. no live crickets and deep fried scorpions… but bring your taste buds and nimble fingers
To book your tickets call us on 01690 710 219
In time for Easter Sous Chef Nathan has let us in on one of his favourite recipes! (and also one of the most popular!)
Here’s a recipe that makes 6 of them – so that’s one for each of the family including granny…
CHOCOLATE FONDANT with EASTER CHOCOLATE SAUCE
250g salted butter
6 free range eggs
6 free range egg yolks
130g castor sugar
260g dark 70% min chocolate
50g sifted plain flour
6 greased ramekins – grease with butter and cocoa
Melt butter in pan
cream 6 eggs and the sugar together until they form soft peaks
gently melt chocolate over hot water bain-marie – don’t let it bubble or boil as this will change the texture and make it grainy
add egg yolks to melted chocolate and stir together
fold in chocolate, butter and plain flour into egg & sugar mixture – use a figure of 8 method – do not beat as all the air will get knocked out and you’ll have a flat fondant!
spoon into moulds – only 3/4 fill to allow room to rise
Place in oven for 7 min at 160°C fan or Gas mark 4
Tip out of mould whilst hot and serve immediately
For the Sauce;
300 ml double cream
150g white chocolate
25g castor sugar
1 vanilla pod
warm cream and vanilla pod to room temperature
Remove vanilla pod, add half white chocolate to warm cream, return to low heat (at this point drop in your favourite chocolate easter egg) ad in remaining white chocolate & sugar until smooth & melted
Pour over fondant, get a spoon and dig in….
Special Menus – from St Davids Day to Mothering Sunday book your table for a lunch time feast on either celebratory day!
Celebrate the arrival of Spring with a feast to St David – Paul & Sam have devised a deliciously seasonal and classic Welsh menu to honour our patron saint
Mothers Day Lunch Menu is served in both the Llugwy River Restaurant & the Grill Room.
Mum will be spoilt for choice with this menu – especially if you treat her to a large G&T alongside her lunch, from our fabulous range in the cocktail bar (our fave at the moment comes with a rhubarb mix your own tonic…blissful!)
So after an absence of a year and much feedback from the powers that be (you guys) the Stables Lodge is back!
All the industry research in 2016 pointed to the fact that guests wanted more hotel facilities with their rooms, more room service, more leisure options, more enhanced room features so we set to task upgrading our room packages, adding in service levels and bringing the lodge rooms into the main hotel portfolio …..
and then what happened was you guys told us you it wasn’t more room facility you wanted but more choice – and you missed the flexibility of our room only rate!
So by popular demand The Stables Lodge has been re-born (just struck us that lots of great stories come from something being born in a stable..)
Anyway we digress….
so from today you can now book your favourite Room Only rate in the Lodge – no add on’s (unless you want an advance purchase breakfast) other wise it’s a lovely cosy bedroom with comfy beds, a modern bathroom with lots of piping hot water and fluffy towels, drying & storage room for all your outdoor kit , bike wash, free parking, some local retail discounts and a lift.
Oh and for those of you who did want enhanced room features we listened to you too so at the Royal Oak you can now book a four poster room with a slipper bath feature…..
Something for everyone…. it really is all here!
Wales in Love
Love is in the air…… If you’re in Wales on 25 January, then St Dwynwen’s Day, is the date we honour our Welsh patron saint of lovers. It’s our very own version of St Valentine’s Day – we’re celebrating both days here at the Oak (being such old romantics we can’t help it…)
So who was St Dwynwen we hear you ask….
She was a 4th-century Welsh princess,the most beautiful of King Brychan Frycheiniog’s 24 daughters but who was so unlucky in love she became a nun….
Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.
Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.
She set up a convent on Llanddwyn Island, a stunning spot on Anglesey, and a great afternoon out from Betws, as long as you get the tides right!
what to do on St Dwynwen’s Day…
Why not take a romantic walk by the River Llugwy, start at the Pont-y-Pair Bridge and follow the boardwalk up into the woodland all the way to the Miners Bridge.
Treat your loved one to a piece of Clogau Welsh Gold jewellery from Anna Davies. Welsh gold is famous for being selected to create generations of Royal Family wedding rings including those of Her Majesty The Queen, and most recently, The Duchess of Cambridge.
Sample some warming Welsh spirits with your loved one, from Penderyn Whisky to Foragers Gin, we stock a huge range of Welsh tipples for you to cwtch up with after a brisk January walk…
Indulge in one of our Sharing Platters – especially made for two, served in the Grill Room and the Llugwy River Restaurant and includes a surf n turf of butter fried king prawns, cracked crab claws and rib eye steak… #droolingalready
Book an Adrenalin Adventure with Go-Below and explore deep underground, nothing like being tied on a wire in the dark to bond you to your loved one even more….
Whatever you chose to do we hope you enjoy the most romantic date on the Welsh calendar and that the only ice you encounter on Dydd Santes Dwynwen’s is in your favourite tipple!
Festivites galore – Our Catering Manager, Paul, has just made us taste test the most Christmassy of treats
(it’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it)…
we just had to share it with you…… it uses ingredients you’re bound to have in the cupboard at this time of year, including chocolate and mince pies, and it gives a festive twist to a classic pud!