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The best places to eat in North Wales

At Birch Stays we’re passionate about the local area, the communities we work in and the local businesses around us that make North Wales such a wonderful place to live, work and visit. With that in mind we’re committed to giving our guests and visitors of North Wales the best information on what’s available to them for eating, drinking and days out.

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked is about the best places to eat around our stays in North Wales and it has to be said that picking just 7 was no easy task as this beautiful and vibrant area has so much to offer.

With that in mind we’re delighted to share with you our own personal highlights for eating across North Wales and, as always, we’re always keen to hear your feedback if you’ve visited or if you have your own recommendations.

The Old Ship

At the heart of the village of Trefriw, this charming traditional pub is at the true centre of the community and a big part of the area.

Located on the eastern edge of Snowdonia National Park, this area is a walker’s paradise. Nestled in the hills above the town are 11 serene lakes, including three significant ones. Crafnant, the most picturesque, is renowned for its excellent trout fishing. Geirionydd, known as the birthplace of the mystical Taliesin (the inspiration for Merlin), is popular for watersports. Cowlyd, perched high above the treeline in the stark moorland, provides breathtaking views of the valley below.

A member of CAMRA and featured in the The Good Beer Guide, The Old Ship offers a large range of ales, beers, lagers, spirits and wines as well as a hearty and popular food menu.

Priding themselves on offering locally sourced food, 2 fan favourites are the shoulder of lamb and ‘Maralyn’s sausages’ both sourced from the butchers just across the road.

The menu at The Old Ship combines traditional pub grub with a twist of the chef’s own favourites such as the Mediterranean lasagne and the Spanish casserole. There’s a good choice for veggies and vegans, although they recommend phoning ahead with any special dietary requirements in order to accommodate you in good time.

The details for this amazing pub can be found here.

Dylans

Dylan’s don’t just do amazing restaurants and places to eat but also general stores that stock wonderful local ingredients and products selected specially by chefs around their Welsh locations.

They have a presence across the area but our favourite is the restaurant on the Menai Bridge Anglesey Ynys Mon which was the first of their restaurants that set them on their way towards having a presence all across North Wales.

This absolutely stunning location provides amazing views over the bay and describes itself as having modern styling with a traditional boathouse theme. They pride themselves on sourcing local produce as much as possible whilst also providing a welcoming and cheerful atmosphere to diners.

Their mission statement is ‘Celebrating the local produce, character and natural beauty of North Wales.’ This very much ties into the ethos we hold here at Birch Stays and with a number of Welsh holiday getaways just round the corner, we never get tired of championing local delights like Dylan’s and are constantly provided with glowing feedback from guests that try their food.

We’d recommend taking a look at their incredible locally sourced seafood menu that really is a delicious reminder of the amazing produce available around Anglesey and North Wales.

Dylan’s is located at St George’s Road, Menai Bridge and their website can be found here.

Harbourfront bistro

Located in the famous Holyhead area of Holyhead in Anglesey, Harbourfront Bistro is a real gem and somewhere we’re constantly hearing amazing things about.

A family run restaurant, it’s perched just above Newry Beach with incredible views across the Seascape of the North Welsh coast. It boasts beautiful and modern interiors but with tradition very much in mind.

Contemporary British is how they describe their menu and the highlight for us are the tacos which come in a variety of delicious fillings all prepared by the small team.

Just next to the Holyhead maritime museum, the location is breathtaking and this romantic little eatery is a perfect compliment to this famous coast.

The Harbourhouse Bistro website can be found here.

Sandy Mount

A contemporary beach house bar and restaurant located right in the heart of Rhosneigr, Sandy Mount House is a fantastic place to eat, drink and relax in swanky yet relaxed surroundings.

Sandy Mount have designed their restaurant and bar around the values that are important to them, with warmth and quality at the heart of their mission.

The warm but modern interior has been designed to elicit images of romantic beach houses bringing together classic items like wicker chairs, worn leather and weathered wood. Sandy Mount do, however, ensure that the team and staff are the real stars of the show providing guests and diners with a warm welcome and service to remember.

Their food is contemporary British and Italian with a local twist and their locally sourced produce and lovingly crafted menu will steal your heart.

Rhosneigr itself is a charming and relaxed Welsh village that offers a stunning beach that’s popular for watersports, offers a wealth of local shops, pubs and bars, and brings that famous Welsh welcome to your stay.

Their website can be found here.

Lobster Pot

This famous Anglesey institution has been serving locally caught lobster since 1946 and boy are they passionate about serving quality seafood.

Located at Church Bay in Anglesey, this amazing little restaurant is full of character, charm and tradition as well as some of the best seafood you’ll eat anywhere!

They also serve beers, ales, wines and other drinks either at their charming bar or their lovely beer garden which has great views across the bay.

The lobster pot puts an emphasis on high quality food served in a simple and friendly way so you can be confident you’re eating the finest food but with a smile, a great Welsh welcome and an incredible setting just near the coast.

This restaurant also welcomes those with dietary needs and they provide vegetarian options as well as a kids menu, so there really is something for everybody.

They offer seasonal menus as well as special offers so it’s worth checking ahead to see what’s on offer, but we’d certainly recommend their Lobster Thermidor – famous around this amazing part of the world.

The Lobster Pot is located at Church Bay, Anglesey and their website can be found here.

White Eagle

Located in Rhoscolyn, Holyhead, the White Eagle has been a favourite of locals and travellers for decades. With good reason, too, this beautiful restaurant and pub is in a truly stunning location just above the coast of Rhoscolyn with incredible views right across the village and out into the sea.

It was lovingly redeveloped by the Timpson family in 2007 and has now built a reputation locally and across the country as a welcoming pub and restaurant serving fantastic food in a traditional setting but with modern interiors.

Their menu has been developed with locally sourced produce and farming in mind and their fresh ingredients are the beating heart of a menu that offers traditional pub food but with contemporary and modern twists.

If you’re simply stopping for a drink they have a large range of beers, ales, wines and spirits as well as an amazing beer garden terrace that is buzzing with activity when the sun is shining due to its plush furniture and incredible views.

Their spring Welsh lamb rump is a delight but their seafood options are equally worthy of your attention and you’ll find a selection of options for vegetarians and those with dietary requirements, although we’d recommend calling ahead if that’s the case just to check.

The White Eagle is in Rhoscolyn and their website can be found here.

Freckled Angel

Describing themselves as a blend of international cuisines, The Freckled Angel truly offers something for everybody.

Located in a wonderful area of Menai Bridge, this popular restaurant specialises in small plates of food in a British take on tapas. They offer high quality ingredients and quality sourced produce to provide a unique and charming menu.

In the heart of Menai Bridge for 8 years, The Freckled Angel has been building a top reputation for some time now and there’s a good reason they’re popular with local diners as well as tourists too.

The Korean fried chicken and confit duck leg are to die for, but we recommend taking a look at the whole menu as you may well find it’s hard to pick just one or two dishes and decide to overindulge.

This amazing little eatery can be found here.

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