Top food accolade for Snowdonia hotel following £1million revamp

The Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis, North West Wales was presented with an AA Rosette just six months after completing a stunning £1million revamp.

Led by head chef Aron Davies, the venue’s Padarn Brasserie and Eryri Bar and Lounge were lauded for producing distinctive dishes using local ingredients, supporting farms and producers in the area.

General Manager Steve Lee praised the team and said the dining and hospitality experience is one of the jewels in the Royal Victoria’s crown and said: “To have been recognised for the quality of our cuisine by the AA is an incredible honour. This is one of the country’s most prestigious awards, so we are very proud to have been acknowledged in this way, especially given the hard work that’s gone into achieving it.”

The recent refurbishment included upgrades to all 104 bedrooms at the Gwynedd landmark, which employs up to 90 staff.

Taking place over five years, the overhaul also saw improvements to the reception, garden and dining areas and has contributed towards a doubling in turnover.

Affiliated to the Focus Hotels Group, the Royal Victoria was originally built in the 1830s and has been owned by the Ackerley family for over 50 years.

As well as using local ingredients in the restaurant, bosses were determined to incorporate Welsh granite and slate into the décor and fittings.