“ Address: 10 High Street, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, Wales „
Bistro Moelwyn, (pronounced MOI-loo-in, named after the surrounding mountain range), is on the High Street in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales. My visit took place toward the end of August 2011.
Our party of three arrived in the early evening and sat at a table in the downstairs area. It's rather small, just four tables, three of them in the window, plus one low coffee table with armchairs in front of a small bar. The atmosphere seemed quite relaxed, the waiting staff were pleasant enough. There were books out on the coffee table and paintings by local artists were exhibited on the walls. There was just one toilet, the room had a few decorative touches. There's also an upstairs area to the restaurant which we didn't see, I can't imagine it's much bigger than downstairs.
We ordered the beef chilli jacket potato (£6.50), the hummus and roast vegetable salad, (£5.95), and from the children's menu, (1.95), egg and beans on toast. We also ordered a pot of tea, glass of juice and a beer. The bill came to around £20.00 which was reasonable enough.
Service did take a while longer than expected, about thirty minutes. All the downstairs tables filled while we there there, but that still didn't make for many customers.
My husband was impressed by the size of his plate of chilli and jacket potato, although he thought the potato had been microwaved as it had a lumpy bit, otherwise his food was tasty. I enjoyed my hummus salad, but there wasn't much to it, the roast veg component was mainly a few small pieces of courgette. It was basically a selection of leaves and salad vegetables with a lump of hummus chucked in the middle. A piece of crusty bread to accompany it would have gone down well, as it was I was left hungry, good job my daughter got a good deal with her huge, (for a child), plate of egg and beans on toast which she needed help to finish.
The menu couldn't be called extensive but there was a reasonable choice of dishes. The bistro claim to source their food locally and use organic produce where possible. I'm pretty sure Welsh Rarebit was on the menu, and as it is a Welsh speaking area then some of the literature and the menu were in Welsh, obviously, but also in English, so no need to panic. They seemed to specialise in crepes. In fact we noticed a couple of people eating these in the window the night after our visit who had been there at the same time as us and ordered them that night too. This made us think we might have missed a trick by not ordering some. If I'm ever in the area again I'd be happy to return and try them.
10 High Street, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, Wales, Tel: +44 01766832358. Parking is on the street.