The Hand at Llanarmon is an ancient hostelry with all the attributes you’d expect – bags of character, a cosy, relaxing ambience and a warm welcome from your hosts, Jonathan and Jackie Greatorex. As soon as you arrive you feel the weight of the world dissolving as the surroundings work their magic. All the classic ingredients are here – old beams, roaring fireplaces, a casual mix-and-match of pine and oak furniture, real ale and good food. The latter is seriously good.
Our Head Chef, Grant Mulholland, has built a strong reputation for superb cuisine, freshly prepared with informal flair and generosity. He's been awarded two AA Rosettes for "culinary excellence" and we're delighted to have been included in the prestigious Michelin Guide. We also take our health and safety responsibilities seriously, so we’re proud to be able to say that we hold a Five Star Food Hygiene Award. We’re one of very few inns throughout the country to achieve this.
All our food is prepared from fresh ingredients on the premises: we don't use frozen stuff from a catering wholesaler. We do, however, buy in the steak and ale and chicken and gammon pies, both specially made for us by McArdle's of Chirk - so good we can't beat them.
The menu changes constantly, although certain "old favourites" - freshly battered fish and chips (hand cut, of course), or slow braised shoulder of Welsh lamb with a rich gravy - just won't go away. There's always at least one vegetarian option, as well as fish as fresh as you fancy and with a bit of notice Grant, together with Second Chef, Eifion Edwards and Chef de Partie, John Peace, is happy to cater for special diets.