After a winter walk in the country there’s nothing better than a refreshing drink in a cosy pub warmed by an open fire. You know that feeling when you flop down into worn but comfy cushions and relive the day’s adventures with friends while the weather beats at an old wooden door…it’s what country walks are all about!
Yet it can be difficult to find a pub that hasn’t had its ye-olde character double-glazed over and the crackle of a fire replace by piped music. So we’ve selected five watering holes that have stayed true to their historic roots and have retained an open fire or stove, lit and ready to warm your feet by.
Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen
The poster-boy of Welsh pubs, Ty Coch has been voted one of the top beach bars in the world. Yet to call it a beach bar really does it a dis-service. This is a good old fashioned pub, with real ales and a simple, no-nonsense menu. After a bracing walk on the beach or clifftops around Morfa Nefyn, what better than to pop in for a hot or cold drink around the fireplace? Make sure you check opening times first if Ty Coch is on your agenda.
Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay
A long-time favourite with visitors to Anglesey, and with good reason, The Ship Inn has one of the best locations on the island and throws in great food and great drink for good measure. You need a bit of luck to find a table near the bar, which is where you’ll find the open fire and the best atmosphere. Combine a visit with a walk along the coast to Benllech (which you can do all along the beach at low tide, but do check conditions and tide times first).
Vaynol Arms, Pentir
Just inland, between Caernarfon and Bangor, the Vaynol Arms is the focal point of a small hamlet that’s off the beaten track yet easy to reach from a lot of hillwalks on Snowdonia’s western slopes. The Vaynol Arms promises a good old-fashioned village pub experience, its public rooms oozing charm and character and featuring a great open fire for colder winter days and nights. The village of Pentir is a couple of miles from Lon Ogwen cycle lane, so makes a convenient stop if you’re cycling from Bangor to Ogwen valley (or back again).
Ship Inn, Llanbedrog
Another Ship Inn, this one is found just back from the lovely beach cove at Llanbedrog. Quieter than neighbouring Abersoch, this village and pub still boasts a lively atmosphere driven by enthusiastic owner Ed Haywood and his team. After a coastal walk or drive round the beautiful Llyn Peninsula this is a great place to stop for lunch and a drink. The snug bar features a wood-burner but if the weather’s kind enough there’s a great play area outside for the younger ones – perfect if they still have energy to burn!
The Old Ship, Trefriw
Yet another Ship! The Old Ship, unlike the others, is found nowhere near the sea. Deep in the Conwy valley, close to Betws-y-Coed but far enough away to avoid the crowds, The Old Ship is a great characterful pub with old beams, quirky antiques and a great open fire place as well as a stove. This is the ideal stop if you’ve enjoyed the circular walk around Llyn Crafnant, or have visited the shops and waterfalls at Betws and just want somewhere a little less frenetic to eat and drink.
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