Hospitality Awards 2023

AA Restaurant of the Year Wales

About the award

Each year the AA independently inspects hundreds of restaurants across the British Isles. Introduced in 2000, this award recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality.
The Jackdaw, Conwy, Conwy 

After catering college, Llandudno-born Nick Rudge started his culinary career at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in Berkshire. Then he took on a number of different roles and spent some time in Australia. Eventually North Wales called him home, so he returned to start his own restaurant.

Taking over a listed building within the walls of Conwy, Nick named his restaurant after the bird found nesting in the walls of the town and castle. The style of the food is simple, yet dishes are imaginative, prepared with well-sourced ingredients and deliver delicious flavours.

Each dish is described in detail by the knowledgeable, attentive and smiley team. The extensive wine list also deserves to be mentioned for its range, quality and price bracket.

Previous Winners

2023- The Jackdaw

2022 - Gem 42

2019 – Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias
2018 – The Machine House 
2017 – Beach House Restaurant at Oxwich Beach
2016 – Restaurant James Sommerin
2015 – Coast Restaurant
2014 – Bully’s 
2013 – The Bull
2012 – Sosban & The Old Butcher’s Restaurant
2011 – The Whitebrook
2010 – The Hardwick
2009 – Y Polyn
2008 – The Walnut Tree Inn