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Butterflies Bar & Kitchen, Pontypool, Gwent

Butterflies Bar & Kitchen

4.8
4.8
1161 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 steaks and hearty portions

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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 16 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
  • Neighbourhood
    Pontypool
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,161 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

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • South Wales

    Best Overall

  • South Wales

    Best Food

  • South Wales

    Best Service

  • South Wales

    Best Ambience

  • South Wales

    Best Value

  • South Wales

    Hot spot

  • South Wales

    Romantic

  • South Wales

    Good for special occasions

  • South Wales

    Most Booked

1,161 Reviews
  1. MartinJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class food first class service well worth the visit

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  2. AngelaP

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous. Staff attentive and courteous and although very busy they kept smiling through. Highly recommend this restaurant and food always superb

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  3. ClaireW

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Surf and turf amazing, food portions great, lovely ambience, great service

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  4. KENNETHB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at this venue and it definitely won’t be our last , great service staff very friendly from first arriving we were about 30 minutes early but luckily for us there was a table ready , from being shown to our table the service was excellent from all the staff and there was plenty of them so you didn’t have to wait for anything , the food was amazing could not fault anything , only one small complaint was the wine was not really chilled enough, but will definitely to back shortly, well done all

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from start to finish was perfect food was amazing staff went above and beyond to make sure we were having a good night

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  6. DenisJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best eating experiences in years. Ambience was good, staff were excellent(valley friendly but very professional). Food was top class, only point being portions are too large. Prices were superb for the overall experience. First visit; definitely not the last!

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  7. amandak

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect meal again. We had such a lovely meal with excellent service again. No wonder this place is always booked up . We will be back soon.

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  8. LeeG

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been there dozens of times, and I do mean dozens and I have never been able to fault it, if I could see anything, it’s just I prefer to eat in the front then out in the back but I don’t mind eating out the back. It would just be my preference, best steak place I’ve probably been to and I do like going out eating 😋😋😋

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  9. StephenW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dining experience in cosy atmosphere with great quality food at reasonable prices

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  10. KaylW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We can't recommend The Butterflies enough. The food was amazing and so was the customer service, especially Ethan. The menu has such a great range of choices that we really struggled to choose what we wanted. The portions were large and the food was great quality. We can't wait to go again!

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  11. MelanieG

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and friendly staff - a real birthday treat!

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  12. GeoffH

    West Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent night on our visit to Butterflies. First of all a mention for the staff who were happy, helpful and created a good atmosphere in the restaurant. We went for a double birthday celebration and we weren't disappointed. The lamb rump was exceptional and the fish hit all the right notes. Not sure about the minted peas with the fish though, swimming in mint vinegar wasn't great. None of this detracted from a great evening and we have already booked for our wedding anniversary. Well done all.

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  13. JaneS

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third visit to Butterflies. Food was absolutely delicious, service was great. It is fantastic to have such a thriving top class restaurant in Blaenavon

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  14. JennaD

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! Brought my mum for her birthday, she had the best night.

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  15. BridieE

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice but overpriced in my opinion. Desert was lovely

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service. Starters were beautiful and the steak was amazing. Will definitely come again.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Butterflies and all the reviews were right! Fantastic in every way! The food was spot on. The venue was interesting but when walking inside you could see everyone was happy and enjoying the atmosphere. The staff were tentative and lovely to chat to. Nothing too much trouble at all. Food was very reasonably priced. I couldn’t even finish my steak but they said I could take it home! I didn’t even need to ask! The Shiraz was also stunning! Lovely, Lovely, Lovely. I will be booking again and getting on the waiting list! Well worth it 👍🏽

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  18. SophiePugh

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely amazing! Service was amazing! The staff surprised my husband with a sparkler in his dessert and sang happy birthday! Overall amazing as always!

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  19. Gem22

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and stunning food and this is why we keep returning. Booked again as we left

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  20. N1830

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak was amazing. Clearly their best feature. Kids meals were satisfactory. Kids don't always want chicken nuggets or a dry burger. Ice-cream was awful. Chef refused to exchange the ice-cream for a different flavour, despite our concerns over taste and texture. This ruined the birthday meal for us.

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  21. JonathanW

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had tried to book a number of times and eventually got some availability. Lived up to its billing. Taco starters were superb. Main courses taste of Welsh beef and steak and stout pie were superb. Capped off with really warm and genuinely good service

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely evening again and the food was amazing.

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  23. Marie

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Sunday lunch I have ever had Excellent service Huge portions of the best quality food

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  24. RachaelW

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit to butterflies and can honestly say it is the best Sunday lunch I have ever eaten. Nothing t much trouble for the staff. And everything cooked and served to perfection. Not a bad thing to say. Not even a niggle. Would highly recommend butterflies.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing chateaubriand, cooked to perfection and so tasty. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and ensured we had everything we needed. Lovely atmosphere, it was very busy but service was spot on and the staff didn’t stop. Thank you for a great experience.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always! We love coming here, staff are very friendly, attentive and professional! The food is always perfectly prepared and presented and nothing is too much trouble! We have already booked ahead for a return visit!

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  27. lelab

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This will be our second visit at Butterflies recently and we are absolutely thrilled! We ordered exactly the same meal as our first visit, the Welsh Rarebit for starter and the Chateaubriand for 2! The service is superb from start to finish, friendly, professional and kind and we absolutely adore your member of staff Billy! We cannot recommend highly enough! Thank you for a lovely evening.

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  28. Rhi1974

    South Wales

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food outstanding as usual, new menu looked amazing, and didn’t disappoint. Staff are so lovely, can’t do enough for you, so attentive and helpful. If you haven’t been here before, get s table booked, you’re definitely missing out. Tables already booked for next time, cant wait x

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Staff very friendly and worked hard. Plenty of staff working so your not kept waiting. Food was outstanding. Cooked to perfection. Restaurant kept clean and tidy at all times. Would I return … Absolutely! Well worth a visit for sure. Well done to everyone there on Friday night for making our visit special x

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  30. Jimbob

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and food in a very comfortable setting. The ladies and gent serving us were very friendly and welcoming. We cannot wait to attend again which is becoming very difficult as booked up for months in advance on certain days. We'll done!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service as always! This is our preferred location for all family celebrations as they never disappoint. Outstanding!

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  32. Catherine

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fantastic visit to Butterflies. Food was fantastic, service amazing as always. Every member of staff is a credit to the restaurant.

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  33. Rhyso296

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic food. Made to feel very welcome too. Highly recommended

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  34. MeganS

    South Wales

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Butterflies really is our favourite place to eat! The food is always unbelievable….cooked to perfection! Staff are all super lovely. Love the vibe everything just always exceeds our expectations. Obsessed with the garlic bread with cheese and red onions! I think last time we went it had a chutney, which was lovely but the red onion one is the best! Only negative (if I’m being super picky) was we weren’t able to swap the blue cheese sauce for a peppercorn when we ordered the Chateaubriand. We love this place and will be back next month :) best steak ever! Thank you xxx

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  35. ggilman

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food which was great value for money, and the service was good.

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  36. Geraint

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food , amazing staff, great value for money , will 100% be returning , Steak was cooked to perfection, portion sizes on the sides were perfect , highly recommend this place.

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  37. TraceyH

    Gloucestershire

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our 7th visit. This was one of our favourite restaurants until this visit. So disappointed this time after 6 amazing meals. I had the chicken which was lovely but my partner had the porterhouse. Cost £45.50 with sauce and it was so fatty and he only managed to eat 1/2. We did say at the end and the waitress wasn’t bothered. I understand you get bad cuts of steak and a lot of money to take off bill but could have offered a drink or dessert to say sorry. Left feeling very disappointed hence no tip left this time
    Butterflies Bar & KitchenResponded on March 12, 2024
    Hi Tracey, We are very saddened to read this review, especially after such a busy weekend with lots of glowing reviews. We were unaware of any issues with the steak during your meal otherwise we would have happily replaced the steak for you. The steaks are very big and weigh more than the advertised amount, I would be happy to trim any excess fat off in the future. Hopefully you will give us the benefit of the doubt on this occasion especially as you previously had 6 amazing meals. We hope to welcome you back again soon for a more positive experience. Kind regards, Dayne Watkins Owner

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  38. LouiseM

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked this for a birthday meal and it didn’t fail, fantastic food, it was amazing, such a lovely homely place, staff were great, my number one restaurant for sure.

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  39. AshD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing food and even better service. The staff couldn’t do enough for us . I would go as far as saying it’s the best service I’ve had at a restaurant. Real good value for money . Food was amazing quality and portions were huge. Couldn’t recommend this place enough

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  40. GWYNE

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the shared steak experience and even at £90 I thought it was amazing. Although chef only cook to medium I was offered a sizzler plate as I prefer mine well done. They even replaced that when it had cooled down. The lady servicing us was informative and very cheerful which added to our experience. Plenty of food that both myself and wife commented about. Triple chips were thick and dry- lovely Even on a Tuesday night the restaurant was full and looking at the other meals coming from the kitchen we decided it was worth a regular visit to work our way through the menu. Dont normal comment but this venue deserved the praise.

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Butterflies Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 1161 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Butterflies Bar & Kitchen

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

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    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
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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