the Patagonia Connection

Sunday 23rd June from 3-8pm

The traditional dance and clog team of Ysgol Bro Gwydir, Llanrwst have been invited to perform and teach their skills to the local community and schools across Patagonia. In order to accept this exciting invitation, the children need to raise funds towards their travel expenses.

So we’ve decided to host an event to help them raise funds and showcase their immense skills

Get ready for a BespOAK Popup event like no other – join us for an afternoon celebrating all things Welsh & Patagonian…
The BespOAK Clog – Betws’ very own mini Eisteddfod!

Sunday 23rd June from 3-8pm

Y Stablau will host our Argentinian Black Ox Grill – flame, barbecue and adasa style cooking from our gauchos out on the lawn

The Clocswyr y Bont perform traditional clog dancing on the terrace

The Llugwy River Restaurant’s Afternoon Tea has taken a Ty Te Patagonia twist… expect the unexpected! (booking for this venue 01690 710219)

Also on the menu

live folk musicians – a cake bake – dance lessons from the Award Winning and legendary Hannah Rowlands – the Tea Crawl – pisco sours – alpaca drawing – traditional folk dancing – laughter – joy – community and fundraising!

Cant make the event but want to donate? you can find Clocswyr y Bont on Just Giving

Woven Wales

Some of our Standard rooms have recently had a makeover and during our search for Welsh influenced design we came across the wonderful work of Cefyn Burgess.

Born and raised in the slate quarry village of Bethesda, Cefyn graduated from Manchester with a BA (hons) in woven textiles. He then went on to gain an MA in textiles at the Royal College of Art.

Leaving London in the late 1980’s he became the first weaver in residence at Paradise Mill Silk Museum in Macclesfield, giving him the opportunity to develop his original range of fine hand woven silk fabrics. Since then he has been designing jacquard woven fabrics and quality interior products including his range of Welsh tapestry blankets, quilts, throws and cushions.

He currently works from his studio shop at Ruthin Craft Centre which is where our interior designer stumbled upon his work almost by accident on a day out. Cefyn’s work mesmerised her with it’s connection to both the landscape and it’s earthy natural tones and she immediately went about incorporating his work into the new room design.

You can find Cefyn’s work at his Studio in Ruthin, in Storiel Bangor or Plas Glyn y Weddw in Llanbedrog. With such strong links to the community he grew up in his work is sure to become a firm favourite of ours and of yours.

To book one of our newly refurbished standard rooms give our reservations team a call on 01690 710 219.

Good Gifting

Thank you for exchanging gifts, spending time with family and sharing food here with us at the Royal Oak during the festive season.  For the last 10 years we’ve been donating our Christmas card and postage money to Plan International UK.

Plan International UK is a children’s charity who strive to advance children’s rights and equality all over the world.  They recognise the power and potential of every single child. Often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.They are taking action to see a world that values children, promotes their rights and ends injustice. Continue reading “Good Gifting”

Festive Lunches

We’re starting to feel a little bit festive now the nights are drawing in…

…it led us to thinking about sparkly festoon fairy lights, log fires, hot chocolate, warm cinnamon rolls, spiced apples and mince pies… so to kick off our Christmas feasting season here’s our first menu a scrumptious daily festive lunch menu being served from the 1st to the 24th of December in the Grill and the Llugwy River Restaurant – bookings essential on a Sunday Continue reading “Festive Lunches”

12th October 2018 – Flair

Our next BespOAK event is a popup entitled … Flair!

The creative talents of Catering Manager Paul Adams and Head Chef SamP bring you Flair – our next culinary adventure encapsulated in a thrilling selection of interactive dishes on our specials list


Alongside the delectable delights of seasonal foods let our guest Flair BarTenders dazzle and amaze you with their juggling, manipulation & performance magic- seasoned professionals with thousands of hours of practiced dedication gives them superskills like no other! Continue reading “12th October 2018 – Flair”

Holly went walking

A lake in the forest, nestled 200m above Betws-Y-Coed, Llyn Elsi is one of the walks you can embark on straight from our front door (no vehicle access required for this one and kudos for reducing your carbon footprint!)

Llyn Elsi was once two lakes, however in 1914 Lord Ancaster allowed the building of the damn merging the lakes into a reservoir supplying Betws-Y-Coed with drinking water.  From start to finish back to the hotel the walk takes about 2 and a half hours – although I ambled around the lake taking in the Autumn reflections so was a little over schedule! Continue reading “Holly went walking”

Wales’ Plastic Free Future

With Visit Wales’  Year Of The Sea underway it brings to mind the topic that’s high on everyones agenda at the moment…………. single use plastic.  #PlasticFreeSnowdonia is a campaign pioneered and launched this year by the outdoor adventure company Breese Adventures who are based here in Betws-y-Coed.

The aim is to bring together local tourism businesses who want to see less plastic used (and discarded) in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, and in turn helping them raise awareness with all the guests who stay or visit North Wales the damaging effects that single use plastic has in the environment. Continue reading “Wales’ Plastic Free Future”

Fortune favours and Asian flavours

Our first BespOak event! Combining the skills of catering manager Paul Adams and Head Chef Sam Plester and their two passions-  travel and food we bring you our first Pop Up event on the 11th May 2018…


Sam’s travels across Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Thailand have introduced her to new flavours and subtle spicy nuances. She first encountered street food in Bangkok on a stopover enroute to Australia. So enamoured with new ingredients and ways of cooking she’s spent the past five Januaries heading back out to Asia and creating her own spice trail…   Combine that with Paul’s love of the avant garde and they’ve developed an eight course street food tasting menu with a dash of theatre thrown in… Continue reading “Fortune favours and Asian flavours”

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