Food is a serious business to the Welsh and great pride is taken over the abundance of fantastic home grown produce. Naturally, where there’s great produce, top restaurants follow.
A hearty plate of pub food is the perfect antidote to a day out in the wilderness, fish and chips is best enjoyed with a sea breeze, and modern fine dining is a memorable way to mark special occasions.
Take a look at 5 of our favourite food places in Snowdonia.
On a main road near to Tremadog and Criccieth, this much-loved tavern serves up regional fare with an unfussy but flavourful menu. Pork and leek sausages, cottage pie, steaks and a selection of fresh fish – there’s plenty of hearty Welsh cuisine to enjoy!
Managed by our local expert, Gwenan Mai Hughes, the Goat Inn is very popular year round, and booking in advance is advisable.
Lovingly known as the Snowdon Café, Penceunant Isaf is a friendly walkers’ stop on the Llanberis Path up Mount Snowdon. There’s a limited food menu, mostly made up of Welsh cakes, but you can bring your own food and enjoy a picturesque picnic with a selection of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mulled wine and beers on hand to quench your thirst.
Part of the strikingly beautiful Bodnant estate, the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is a bakery, butchers, dairy, wine cellar, tea room, fine dining restaurant, cookery school and more.
Led by executive chef, Andrew Sheridan, the Hayloft Restaurant is an intimate but light space serving exciting flavour combinations in the picturesque Welsh countryside. You can also enrol in the cookery or wine school for a few friendly foodie pointers!
One of the UK’s top fish and chip shops, our expert Steve Beech, insists that the Mermaid Fish Bar serves up the ‘best fish and chips in Wales’.
The family run business is on the beautiful Barmouth coast, where much of their food originates. For rainy days, there is an indoor dining area, but this seaside treat is best enjoyed while strolling across the sand!
Set in the adventure capital of Betws-y-Coed, the Stables Bistro Bar is a sociable spot for locals and tourists to unwind after a day out in the mountains. Catering for all, the menu covers classics from around the world, including pizza, pasta, and curries, in addition to more traditional Welsh fare.
If you’re a sports or music fan, make sure to check out the bistro’s busy event calendar. You can catch the biggest matches, weekly live jazz concerts and more!