Carefully extended village pub with interesting furnishings in open-plan bars, a fine choice of drinks and rewarding food
The good pub guide review
Far-reaching bucolic views, enjoyed from a spacious, partly covered terrace, from a grassy lawn and from a high tower set the tone for this whitewashed village pub prettily stationed beside the church. The large open-plan bar with pine furnishings and a contemporary feel has several cosier areas leading off, the oldest of which is heavily beamed and has antique settles, stone bottles on a delft shelf and a woodburning stove. There's a glassed-over well in one corner, a beautiful curved central wooden counter, leather armchairs grouped around one open fire (there are others), all manner of wooden dining chairs around tables on rugs or bare boards, elegant metal chandeliers, hundreds of prints on pale-painted or exposed stone walls, large house plants and sizeable gilt-edged mirrors. As for the ale, there's Phoenix Brunning & Price Original, maybe Facers North Star Porter and Timothy Taylors Boltmaker and guests from breweries such as Castle Rock, Conwy, Hafod, Purple Moose and Spitting Feathers on handpump, as well as lots of wines by the glass and a good choice of spirits.
The good pub guide food review
Good brasserie-style food (with special diets catered for) includes a meze plate, smoked salmon with orange and beetroot salad, crispy baby squid with sweet chilli sauce, steak burger with coleslaw and fries, grilled sea bass fillets with potato and shallot terrine and chervil and lemon cream sauce, king prawn linguine, cauliflower, chickepea and squash tagine with couscous, braised feather of beef bourguignon with horseradish mash and kale, and puddings such as bread and bara brith butter pudding with apricot sauce and crème brûlée.
Dinorben Arms, Bodfari, Denbigh, Denbighshire, LL16 4DA
Pub Group: Brunning & Price