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'Y Sospan is a family run cafe & restaurant. We use local meats & suppliers where possible. As well as the coffees, teas & homemade cakes you might expect we have an extensive menu of home cooked dishes & a full bar menu offering a wide range of quality wines, sprits and bottled drinks. We also offer a large range of Welsh alcoholic drinks. Y Sospan is located in the heart of Dolgellau & is a wonderful Grade II listed building. Formerly the local courthouse & Gaol the building retains many interesting historic features including the Gaol door, slate floor, plaster frieze & royal coat of arms.
PRICE RANGE
C$5 - C$27
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Cafe, British, Welsh
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food was awful. So bland and basic. Didn't even offer condiments. As a disabled person I don't expect to walk upstairs and grab a mayonnaise

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant taating cakes and coffee. Staff were very professional, friendly and accommodating. The lemon and strawberry cake is amazing!

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really bloody good 👌🏼 Had a couple of Prawn Cocktails, a Steak and a Hake. Great service. Great food. Great drink. Recommended 100%

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Monday night and had not booked a table. Friendly service and absolutely delicious food. We had the vegetarian spinach and ricotta lasagne with home made wedges and ciabatta garlic bread and a Sirloin steak with wedges and mushroom. The onion rings were...missing but didn't complain. We also had the sticky toffee pudding and ice cream. Really good quality tasty food. Would definitely return. Lots of Mmmm this is so yummy noises whilst eating 🤣More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 8, 2024 via mobile

An excellent place to eat in this interesting and characterful old building. The menu isn’t extensive but the food we had was well prepared and very tasty. All served up with friendly, helpful service.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 12, 2024

Cannot fault this lovely restaurant- we were given a warm and friendly welcome, excellent service and the food was amazing! Also, very good value for money. Would highly recommend. Excellent.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 6, 2024

Reviewers seem a tad gushing over Y Sospan, but I'm not entirely sure why. Granted, it's a little different from Dolgellau's other establishments (17th century building etc etc), but that alone does not make it a destination dining experience. When we arrived we had to...wait for a member of staff to appear for three or four minutes, but were then seated downstairs. Having searched upstairs for some staff, I was glad we ended up down as the upstairs space is very gloomy, and has wood-effect formica tables which are somewhat at odds with the period ambience (unless the period you're after is the 1970s). Anyway, downstairs is far brighter, and we were from then on served promptly by the congenial host and a young waitress. Two of us ate rib-eye steak (listed on the menu as served with an onion ring (and yes, it was exactly one)) which were fair, at £24, one a ricotta (?) lasagne, and another had the lamb shank (which rather unfortunately had a hair in it - his second eating out in North Wales that week!). We had two creme brulee and a sticky toffee pudding for pudding. The latter was not served very warm (come on, just another 15 seconds in the microwave), and creme brulee (advertised as with fresh fruit) were accompanied by half of a strawberry and a whole raspberry! So overall, it's just o.k. If you do go, avoid the upstairs; I felt almost genuine sorrow for those who were seated up there while I searched for staff; it just looked so miserable. Luckily, an odd hair or two doesn't throw me or my son (easy for me to say, I know), into paroxysms of fury, and we didn't complain, or even mention it, cos, what's the point? But maybe a hair net for kitchen staff...More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 30, 2024

This place is so good, we went back a second time. I would recommend booking a table during peak holidays. The lamb shanks are so delicious. Service is excellent and they have a really good wine selection. Do yourself a favour and go there.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 9, 2024

My friend and I had an excellent dinner here. Service was brilliant, warm and friendly. Excellent choice of beer too. Will return again.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 7, 2024

We had the restaurant to ourselves as we arrived late on a quiet wet night. The food we had was very nice. A couple of the choices were not available but no matter, we easily found something we wanted. A selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian...options to keep everyone happy. Service was quick and friendly.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 12, 2024

We ate here 3 times during our week in Dolgellau. The service each time was great. We were given a choice of either eating upstairs in the historic section or downstairs. The food was great had duck my partner had the Lamb Shank which is...slow cooked on the premises. My partner also tried the chicken and the steak. Always perfectly cooked. The deserts were great perfectly cooked choclate fondant and creme bulle. Highly recommededMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed November 28, 2023

Great food and service, very welcoming. I had steak and my partner had the Lamb Shank, both were excellent. For dessert I had Sticky Toffee pudding and he had cheeseboard, again both excellent. We enjoyed it so much we went back for Sunday Roast, which...again was really great and well priced compared to other establishments in the village. Not a huge choice on the menu but some really good staple items.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 14, 2023 via mobile

I was really worried when we first walked in, as it smelled like a greasy spoon cafe. The staff were absolutely lovely though, and I got over that quickly. We got a table near the window upstairs, which was gorgeous decor. The drinks come quickly,...and our starters were ordered and delivered in record breaking time. I had the pate, which was the nicest I've had in a while. My partner had the soup of the day, which was equally as lovely. We both had steak, and I think there was a slight language barrier with the waiter as they come out not 2 our taste but when we explained he just said yes, so we kind of just went with it. It was nice enough though, so no complaints here. Lovely little building, with amazing staff. The lady that seated us in the 1st place had me a latte within minutes, which is defo a necessity for me, lol. Thank you for having usMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 29, 2023

After 1st meal was served, had to wait 30 minutes for others, which is unacceptable. Asked staff for condiments with roasts which never came and ruined it for me. Poor customer care.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 22, 2023 via mobile

We booked in advance as reviews looked good We weren’t disappointed the welcome was warm the staff attentive and the food was fab We were tired and hungry but had a lovely evening 🥰 thanks Tina and family

Date of visit: October 2023
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Apologies. We have only just seen this. But yes we welcome dogs on the ground floor or at any of our outside tables.
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Y Sospan is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4