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Butterflies Bar & Kitchen, Pontypool, Gwent

Butterflies Bar & Kitchen

4.8
4.8
1111 reviews
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Multi-award winning restaurant situated in the heart of the World Heritage Town of Blaenavon.
Originally built in 1832 as the Cross Keys Hotel we have been serving the locals of Blaenavon and beyond for almost 200 years.

We are well known across South Wales for our award winning Welsh black steaks which are locally sourced by our local butcher Bromfield's. We always use local produce to support local farmers, suppliers and producers.

Voice awards - Best chef 2018
Voice awards - Best Sunday lunch 2019
Voice awards - Best steaks 2019
Welsh hospitality awards - Best Welsh restaurant 2021
Welsh restaurant awards - Best in South Wales 2023
Best commercial garden - 9 consecutive years

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2 people

19:00


Booked 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Gastro Pub, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sun 12:30 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01495 791044
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Dayne Watkins

What 1,111 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • South Wales

    Best Overall

  • South Wales

    Best Food

  • South Wales

    Best Service

  • South Wales

    Best Ambience

  • South Wales

    Best Value

  • South Wales

    Good for special occasions

  • South Wales

    Most Booked

1,111 Reviews
  1. GinaS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning food and great service at their Pan-Asia tapas evening. Look forward tk returning

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  2. MelanieG

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Asian Tapas night was wonderful! Every dish was beautifully presented and delicious, staff were friendly and helpful in advising how many dishes to order. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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  3. JeanG

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Asian Inspired Tapas night was a delight, the prawns in particular were outstanding. In fact the whole experience was a culinary delight. The food was perfectly cooked and the seaaoning and spicing was perfectly judged.

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  4. HollieC

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just wow. The best food we have had in a very long time. My husband was still dreaming about the pork belly days later. What a gem of a restaurant!

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  5. EmmaP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was lucky enough to get a table for the Asian Tapas evening. The food was amazing as always.

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  6. Helen

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service outstanding, Sunday lunch roast meat was tender and tasty, as were the veg and huge a Yorkshire pudding. So delicious I will definitely be retuning

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  7. EmmaW

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food as always,will always return. Not cheap,but you definitely get what you pay for.

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  8. Nipper

    Gloucestershire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Superb food once again. Portion size very good.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me snd my partner had been recommended to Butterflies by other people, what a lovely night, great ambience, food was amazing staff and service were fantastic. We will definitely be going back with our family. Could we have the fire lite next time please lol 😂

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  10. KeithH

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, friendly staff and all round enjoyable place to have a meal.

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  11. Rachael

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding from the moment we arrived to be seated. The food tasted incredible, selection of meats were such high quality and the portions were so so generous! Cannot praise this restaurant enough and just felt so lucky to have been able to book a slot on a Friday evening!

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  12. TS22

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the butchers block, cooked to perfection and lots of quality meet. Well worth the money for two persons. Mum had the fish, she is not a fan of haddock as a cod person but enjoyed it. Large fish, full of white meat and batter again perfect, not too greasy like the local chip shop. Cannot praise or recommend this place enough! Staff very helpful and friendly made a perfect birthday meal!

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  13. VickyH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food, we waited over a month to go and so worth it! Can't wait to go again

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  14. CLAIREL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday lunch was absolutely delicious and the staff were amazing. Such a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. Already booked for July.

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  15. Courtney

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place, service was excellent very personal and friendly. Food was outstanding

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  16. MichelleK

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked in at 18.30, finished our food at 19.15 (two courses) felt rushed

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  17. Madders

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, stunning food, lovely staff, great ambiance. Steaks were amazingly good, dirty fries to die for, choice on menu like no where else. This restaurant is a complete hidden gem. Not to be missed.

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  18. LisaB

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing food my partner said his lamb was the best he’s tasted! And my fish was beautiful. The service is amazing the staff are so welcoming and friendly. It truly is a valley gem

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  19. MeganS

    South Wales

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite restaurant! Always a lovely experience. Staff are so friendly and the food always 10/10. We aim to come once a month and are never disappointed. Honestly best steak ever!

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  20. Cath

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, oustanding food and excellent staff. Service was amazing. Very friendly staff Can't fault butterflies at all. Very good value for many.

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  21. AndreaJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food superb service we had the valentines menu and it was perfect. Beautifully cooked and staff can’t do enough for you. Would definitely recommend. Sunday lunch fully booked for months after dining there I can see why

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  22. TS22

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would have liked to have seen the set menu appear prior to booking on this site. Could have offered choice of set menu or main. But overall excellent service and quality food/drink

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  23. Stephen

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food simply out of this world. I know some of the great steak comes from sourcing the best materials which they obviously do, but the love and care shown to this wonderful produce shows in the cooking as well. You can see the staff have a real love for the food and service they provide. The staff ALWAYS have a smile on there face, know there menu and nothing is to much trouble for them. Keep coming back again and again thinking that they can’t amaze me any more but every time I come back I’m always amazed. Keep up the amazing work front of house and kitchen staff, together you’ve built a real Welsh gem.

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  24. JoshW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my partner very enjoyed our visit the staff was nice and friendly, the food was stunning we definitely be booking again

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best if not the best meals I've ever had. Delicious and good portion sizes could have literally fed a couple more people. I was so stuffed. Good selection on the menu to choose from. Staff were friendly and very helpful and can tell they enjoy their job. Venue was decorated to perfection for valentines day and lights dimmed felt so relaxing and romantic very chilled. Will definitely be going back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual superb service and the place looks amazing. Food wow best valentine's meal ever. Thnx to all the wonderful staff

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  27. AmyF

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails to deliver. We traveled 45 mins to return to this place for the valentines set meal. The food, the staff, the decorations all absolutely unreal. You really can’t fault this place at all!!

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  28. StevenC

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed as it was a set menu and not the menu we're used to and enjoy. Not much choice. Tomato soup was liked tinned, chicken was boring and fruit kebab was on a hot skewer with an over sweet dipping sauce. Very disappointed. Staff were good as always, but it was extremely hot and stuffy in there which made us feel uncomfortable. Overpriced for the set meal menu seen as there wasn't much choice.

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  29. Rebecca

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for valentine's and food did not disappoint I had the salmon and my wife had the steak. The salmon was cooked perfectly and very delicious and my wife said the steak was really tender and tasty. The portion sizes were very generous and the front of house staff was very attentive would highly recommend and will definitely be going there again.

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  30. HelenF

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Sunday dinner, and such good value. The service is second to none, and the staff are outstanding. It's not hard to see why you need to book so far in advance

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  31. CEvs

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Sunday lunch. Seemed to book forever in advance - but we’ll worth the wait.

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  32. BethC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and incredible service as always! Plenty of the menu can be adapted to be gluten free, which is always great to see and it tasted incredible! As always, we’ll be back 😁

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  33. FayeC

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omg!! Everything was Amazing …food, staff, service, EVERYTHING! 😀

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  34. PHILT

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A gem of a restaurant. Great ambiance and dining area, complimented by an excellent choice and quality of low noise background music. Food was outstanding. Cooked to perfection and clearly the best of ingredients used. The service was provided and delivered perfectly by a group of very pleasant well trained staff. An excellent dining experience.

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  35. JonathanC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, service was outstanding very friendly, great atmosphere and good background music, great value for money, definitely good back again

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  36. HayleyT

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, literally perfect and excellent service. Highly recommended

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  37. SarahB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fab place will definitely go agen only thing was I didn't see a small menu for children

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  38. MARTYNH

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time here , Will come again Told friends and family to give it a go

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  39. HeidiJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous meal, staff lovely, bit of an issue parking. Great meal.

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  40. Debbiep

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only problem that I would say was that the food was cold by the time you get half way through the sharing steak platter. It's not as nice when it's cold.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Butterflies Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 1111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for Butterflies Bar & Kitchen

31/33 Queen Street, Pontypool, Gwent NP4 9PN

Additional information

  • Area
    Pontypool
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sun 12:30 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Gastro Pub, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Dayne Watkins
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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