All that hillwalking and fresh sea air means North Wales is a great place for working up an appetite! But when you’re out and about, where are the best places for lunch? We’ll share our favourite five with you…
Dylan’s (Menai Bridge or Criccieth)
Dylan’s has rapidly acquired such a terrific reputation, so if you can plan ahead, it’s advisable to book a table – especially at weekends. With two locations it doesn’t matter whether you’re exploring the coasts of Anglesey or the Llyn Peninsula – there’s a restaurant not far from you. Naturally there’s a strong selection of fresh seafood on the menu, but you’ll also find a wide variety of pizzas too.
Open 11am to 11pm, seven days, http://www.dylansrestaurant.co.uk/
Marram Grass, Newborough
Tucked away by the entrance to a small caravan park, the Marram Grass doesn’t look much from the outside but its food is top-notch.
The convivial atmosphere makes the great food here all the more delightful. The young owner/chefs have wisely kept seasonal, local food prominent on their excellent menu. The Marram Grass makes a perfect stop after walks around Newborough’s forests and beaches.
Lunch 12noon to 3pm, dinner 5.30pm to 9pm, breakfasts served on Saturday and Sunday between 9.30am and 11am, http://www.themarramgrass.com/
Caban Cafe, Brynrefail
Tucked away amongst trees in the higgledy-piggledy village of Brynrefail at the head of Llyn Padarn is Caban Café, a terrific eatery that’s part of a social enterprise. The chef has created a menu featuring global cuisine using in-season produce. In good weather you can sit outside on the raised decking and enjoy the woodland ambience. Caban is on the Llyn Padarn circular walk, so it makes a great spot to break your day!
9am to 4pm, seven days, http://www.caban-cyf.org/
The Alpine Cafe, Betws-y-Coed
The Alpine has been serving speciality teas and coffees for 32 years and today it’s as popular as ever. The café has a prime spot on the Station Road arcade of shops near the village’s main car park, so it can be busy. Its ethical stance makes it a great place for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diners (you can order a burger wrapped in lettuce leaves instead of bread!), but lunchtime favourites feature on the extensive menu too.
8am – 5pm (8.30am weekdays), seven days, http://www.alpinecoffeeshop.net/
Y Copa/Summit Bistro
Celtic Royal’s own Summit/Y Copa Bar and Bistro offers creative meals and light snacks, and traditional breakfasts are available daily. It’s a relaxing spot with a lovely ambience, yet you’re just a five-minute stroll from the bustle of Caernarfon’s attractive main square, harbour side and of course its imposing castle.
Tell us where your favourite place for lunch is in North Wales @GwestyrCelt
Very enjoyable stay over the new year, with thanks to people serving meals. They worked hard to get food onto tables quickly!
I stayed at the hotel with my husband and 2 children 8 and 10. The room was comfortable, large and spotless, the communal spaces in the hotel had character and charm and the breakfast was excellent. The staff were friendly and efficient and the swimming pool a real added bonus. The proximity to the town was a wonderful bonus - 5 minutes walk to the castle and main square. Yes the decor in the room is a little dated, but this hotel represents fantastic value for money. There is so much to do in the area, it's a great base to climb Snowdon and visit the Zip World centres. We didn't have time to visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo or do the Railway - two nights in the area just wasn't enough. we can't wait to go again!