Wednesday 17 October 2007

Aberaeron - Harbourmaster Hotel

Formerly known as the Red Lion

Address: Quayside, Aberaeron, SA46 0BA. Tel: 01545 570755 [gmap]
Last APG visit: 19/05/2012

Very swish and very modern (opened 2007) hotel and gastropub situated in the old Harbourmaster's house on the quayside. The interior bar is very nouveau-posh - slate, aluminium, glass, local art and cushions, along with huge copper lights above bar and a stuffed albatross in a case. Used to have a couple of ales on sale from Welsh micro brewers but they now seemed to have settled on the Purple Moose people and they're served in top condition - Good Beer Guide quality.

Signs are bilingual - nice touch. The massive glass frontage of the entrance to the bar makes for lovely views in the summer and a 'thank god I'm in here and not out there' feel in the winter when it's pissing down and a howling gale is coming in from the Irish Sea. If you can blag a seat outside, it's also a wonderful venue to catch the setting sun on a summer's evening. 

The food menu looks nice (if expensive) though some value can be found in the pizza range. We at APG are also very fond of their cushions:

There's a lot to like here (the glowing write-ups from several national broadsheet 'style' supplements are hung on the corridors):

I'd highly recommend getting the bus down here from Aber to sample it (a lovely scenic journey on a nice day), as it's fast becoming the one of best pubs in the APG area. Expect it to be very busy at peak times.


Anonymous said...

What a shame for a family gathering, we had very high hopes for a lunchtime meal. One of the mains did not arrive, and we were blamed for not ordering it! We felt that our presence was not good enough for the manager and his team. Such a shame that they do not accept feedback and the attitude of some staff is outrageous. Due to this very poor service and the quality of the meals we did have, it will be a long time before we venture in again. We are not used to being treated in such an arrogant manner, when you are prepared to pay for quality you expect quality. Such a shame - overrated and over priced. Perhaps it was considered rude for us to offer polite feedback.

Paul Griffiths said...

Just stopped in for a beer on a lovely sunny afternoon in September 2013. Window displays entries in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for last 4 years and a damn good pint of Cask Ale endorsed this. Didnt try food, as stated bit pricey. But agree fully well worth a visit and very popular plenty of seating and benchs outside to enjoy a pint on a warm day.