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Reviewed 16 August 2020

An absolute gem, as always! Keep up the good work lads! A great selection of local food, presented beautifully, what more could you ask for?

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 18 November 2019

If you are looking to stay at a hotel that has charm and character coupled with friendly staff and owners then look no further. We have just returned from two nights and it has left a lasting memory, it's not often you get a hug...and a goodbye from the owners when checking out! Chris, Nikki and Harriott make this place very special and have created a truly amazing environment where staff and owners work in partnership together it is wonderful to be a part of this experience. The wine list was fantastic and very refreshing to see good bottles of wine with a marginal mark up unlike some other hotel chains. If you want to get away from the soulless chain hotels and experience something a little different then look no furtherMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 26 October 2019 via mobile

Despite being one of the wettest weekends in wales. We stumbled across this lovely family run hotel. We had dinner in the library bar next to the log fire. We had a delicious little red wine and fine food. We ended up chatting to other...guests and the owners,which made the evening a memorable night. We stayed in room 8, which was outstanding. Great views overlooking the grounds. The best thing is the bed,my wife and I had the best night sleep ever. When we dragged ourselves out of bed for breakfast this was also outstanding. I fully recommend this little bit of paradise.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 10 June 2019

I have been waiting for 20 years for Castle Malgwyn (not 'ammet 'ouse, please) to realise its potential. We have endured many ups and downs. At last, we had a dinner which delivered in the way this place deserves. The abiding memory is precision; portions,...flavours and presentation. It is not cheap, but that is what special occasions are about. The consistency of the delivery made the difference, you pay for what you get. Bravo.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 23 December 2018

Very tasty food, lovely atmosphere, excellent hosts. Beautiful setting. Had a great evening. Loved it.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 17 November 2018 via mobile

Fab meal and service excellent will do anything to help. It was my birthday and even surprised me with a happy birthday board and brownies. Will definitely go again.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

Just occasionally, one stumbles across a venue that routinely exceeds expectations in all respects in terms of food, drink, attitude, service and hospitality. Hammet House in Llechryd, Pembrokeshire, is one such outstanding establishment. We arrived on time on a Friday night and sat in the...bar with a drink - my wife had a difficult choice as there were just so many flavours of gin to choose from. We were provided with menus and an extensive wine list to make our selections from. The menu is regularly changed, so even returning customers like ourselves are treated to something different on every visit. We both decided to try the duck for starters and while my wife had the fish for her main, I went for the steak and chip. After our orders were taken, we were shown into the dining room and invited to select a table. Breads were first up, along with our selected bottle of wine, shortly followed by our starters. The food was simply divine. Presentation, taste and textures were all superb. We finished our starters and waited for the main course, whilst enjoying some of the well chilled wine. What a treat that was. I really do think that the wine list here is one of the best I have ever seen in terms of range and depth. Mains arrived, and once again we were very impressed with the beautiful presentation, the taste combinations, and the quality of the food. Quite remarkable and absolutely 100 / 100 to the Chef. Thank you - superb effort, thoroughly appreciated. After our mains were enjoyed, we both elected to have a dessert to finish the evening off, and were delighted to be surprised with two glasses of champagne and an additional chocolate and raspberry cake offering from the house as it was a birthday celebration. What a nice touch. Thank you. I've said this before, but I will repeat it for the benefit of new readers of my reviews - if you are in Pembrokeshire and you wish to enjoy some excellent fine dining at its best, Hammet House is the place to visit (located at one end of the bridge in Llechryd). All in all, a wonderful and relaxed evening with some excellent food and drink. We look forward to the next one.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

And we look forward to seeing you again - thank you for being so enthusiastic about what we are doing at the Art Room @ Castell Malgwyn

Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped to charge electric car. Which they offer free. I opted for a pot of tea on the lawn with a light lunch. Excellent. Call again? Definitely.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Thank you but, before the world decides we have taken leave of our commercial senses, perhaps I should say that free charging is for the benefit of our guests, rather than the world and his wife who would pay £5 for 30 minutes...

Reviewed 22 July 2018

Food full of flavour, good portion size, excellent wines, friendly & efficient staff, a beautiful period building tastefully decorated with a light, modern elegance, interesting artwork and sculptures, very different from those normally seen in a restaurant. There are crisp linen tablecloths & elegant silverware...for the tables, gentle low background music, not stuffy & mournful, we enjoyed listening to Leonard Cohen. We have dined in many fabulous hotels & restaurants including the ‘Hand Picked’ and ‘Macdonalds’ groups. When we see ‘Fine dining’ we have come to expect very small portions but not so at Hammet House. I meant to order vegetables with my fillet steak meal but was glad I forgot – there was plenty of food & variety on the plate, just right. Dessert did not disappoint either – attractive, light, full of flavour & textures. A very talented chef! The ‘plastic’ chairs in the dining room are not plastic, they are expensive Designer pieces in clear polycarbonate (we checked them out with a view to buying some!) and give an attractive light, modern look & wonderful airy feel to the dining room. Also – if a designer ‘plastic’ chair is good enough for the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire at the fabulous Chatsworth House in Derbyshire (we know as we are regulars there), then they are fine in any top restaurant! Our bill for 2 fillet steak dinners with 2 desserts & wine was just under £100 which we feel was very good value. Lower cost options were available and we could have chosen alternatives for around £40 per couple for a 2 course each (plus wine if you want it) - MUCH better value than many run of the mill pub restaurants. The new owners are bringing fine dining into the 21st century and are doing a great job, I just wish we lived nearer as it would be our preferred dining venue. We will definitely be back when visiting Wales again soon. Thank you for a wonderful evening.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

And we look forward to seeing such appreciative guests again - your wonderfully detailed analysis of what we are about really gives us all -, from our Head Chef to our enthusiastic part-time local youngsters - a feeling that, yes, we are getting it right....More

Reviewed 15 July 2018

Amazing food, beautiful surroundings, fantastic staff. It was such a comfortable, relaxed and friendly environment and the food was just soooo good.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

And you were generous enough to post both here, the restaurant page, as well as the hotel and all I can do is reiterate thanks from everyone for expressing your appreciation so publicly

Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights to visit family nearby. We asked for the exceptional room ( £200+ per night) as we wanted to guarantee comfort and good sleep. The staff we dealt with were charming and helpful and seemed to be doing their best in...a clearly understaffed hotel. Breakfast was average, the table we sat at had a window shelf that was dusty and had several dead flies on it. The bed was good , the badly stained mattress not so good. The bathroom was shabby, certainly not exceptional. The bathroom products are no longer top-end Aromatherapy Associates. When we returned to the hotel at midnight on the Saturday a man ( the owner ?) was playing very loud music in a communal room which seemed to be below the room in which we intended to sleep. The music was not turned down until we called and asked for it to be quieter so that we could try and sleep. The next morning no apology was made and we left with the impression that the proprietors didn’t care whether we enjoyed our stay or not. This could be a wonderful hotel as it’s an impressive house with lovely grounds. We enjoyed the art on the walls but would definitely not stay here again.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Yes, and we all remember you, say Amanda, Sian, Alex and our Head Housekeeper. You came in late, at about 10.40pm, some long time after you had indicated on the telephone and yes, of course we were not fully staffed at that time, but nevertheless...More

Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Hammet House offers sophisticated cuisine in stylish yet comfortable surroundings. We enjoyed our tasty food in the impressive dining room served by professional friendly young staff. The wine list is excellent. A more informal menu is also available. The knowledgeable owners were attentive to detail...and were on hand to discuss their wonderful collection of outstanding art. The grounds and location are a wonderful added bonus.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

And (not like the reviewer above) we would be delighted to see you back again. Thank you for expressing your enthusiasm publicly. The team here tries very hard and we cannot let the small-minded malice of some people obscure the fact that people like you...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018

We ate here on a Friday night as non-residents. What a find. Staff all friendly and attentive, without being in your face. Left to pour your own wine at your own pace. A great wine list to suit all tastes and budgets. The food was...the main event though. Beautifully balanced and cooked perfectly. Everything on the plate complemented each other (unlike other restaurants we have eaten where the chef's try and be too clever and it doesn't work). I can honestly say the food was as good, if not better than what we have had at a Michelin star restaurant. The food is well worth its double rosette AA award and should be knocking on the door for three rosettes. Portions are adequate but don't come here if you want a big hearty meal. Reasonably priced at £49 for three courses considering the quality. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Thank you so much for publicly sharing your appreciation and so obviously appreciating what we are aiming at - namely great wine, great food (our suppliers also supply Marcus Waring & Le Manoir aux Quatre Saisons) in a more relaxed but nevertheless attentive atmosphere. Incidentally,...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018

This was our second visit to Castell Malgwyn (as we know it), the first being some 15 years ago. In that time there have been two changes of ownership, the first being very unpopular with locals as they changed the name from Castell Malgwyn to...Hammet House (presumably because their target clientèle found it easier to pronounce). They also destroyed the internal ambience of this fine Georgian mansion by modernising it. The new owners have thankfully partially restored the historic name (it is now called “Hammet at Castell Malgwyn” – presumably for the sake of continuity with booking agents), but the interior remains a rather incongruous mixture of ancient and modern. Let’s start with the positives. The food was excellent – well-cooked and well-presented and with some exquisite combinations of flavour. The service (despite what some other reviewers have reported) could also not be faulted. (I should add, however, that the restaurant was not very busy – only two other tables were occupied.) There is, however, a very limited choice – just four alternatives for each of the three courses (and three of the four starters contained seafood!). It was not a problem for us to make a choice of two courses (though none of the desserts tempted us), but if you are staying in the hotel you would be struggling after a day or two (we understand the menu only undergoes minor changes, or none, from day to day). We both chose the same starter – pork belly with langoustine. For main course, I chose the halibut and my wife the chicken. (The other options were fillet of beef and a vegetable risotto.) As I have already said, the food was excellent. Portion sizes, however, were on the small side (no problem for us in our mid-seventies, but an active 25-year-old might still be hungry at the end of the meal!). Less positive was the atmosphere (or lack of it) in the dining room. The background music we found to be totally inappropriate (too modern and too loud) as an accompaniment to fine dining – something more classical, perhaps even baroque, would be better. And we were not very impressed with the plastic dining chairs, especially next to a seventeenth-century sideboard! Restoration to a real Georgian feel would be a big improvement. Finally, we think the food is over-priced for this area. Two courses for two people, with a glass of wine and coffee, came to over £100 - about 25% more than we pay in local restaurants of a similar standard. To summarize, we would give five stars for the Food and the Service, three stars for the Atmosphere, and only two, I’m afraid, for Value for Money.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Well, the review above yours gets it but firstly, thank you for taking the time to review us in such detail and for your very positive comments about the food. As you have written at some length I think it only polite to engage in...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Busted today with my husband.Waited some 15mins at the bar.Table was sticky and there were spider webs behind the lamp.Food wasn’t anything special.A pork pie and chutney with was £5,& not value for money.The pastry was soggy & pork lacked flavour.Salmon and cucumber sandwich was...£8.The bread was stale & dry,no cucumber in the sandwich,lemon wedge had dirt on it I had about 8 crisps!!The whole place looks run down...I’m local...& won’t be back!!More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Proprietor-Hamm... H, Owner at Hammet House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

We take every complaint seriously so, unsurprisingly perhaps, we do investigative work before responding. You have 12 reviews on Tripadvisor - 5 at the lowest rating because, variously, you say you contracted diarrhoea in Frankie and Benny's, there were "no good points about Bay Marine...More

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