The Snowdonia360 Food Trail – the best places to eat in North Wales20th May
Discover where you can unearth the region’s signature dishes along the Snowdonia360. From the perfectly brewed cup of coffee to a sumptuous four-course meal – we’ll have your taste buds tingling with this handpicked menu of the best places to eat in North Wales.
Follow our carefully cultivated route, designed with the food lover in mind!
The best places to eat in Anglesey
A great place to begin your journey is at the peak of the North Wales coastline in beautiful Anglesey where you’ll find arguably the finest chip shop, not only on the island, but we’d say, the whole of Wales! Based in Valley, and using ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients, Enoch’s Fish and Chip Shop’s customers queue out of the door for their mouth-watering takeouts. Enoch’s also has another shop based in Llandudno Junction, so you can also grab a bite to eat if you’re heading back along the A55.
If you have a sweet tooth, then head further up the island along the A5025 to Llanfaethlu where you’ll find Blas Mwy Black Lion, this gem will be more to your taste with their mouth-watering afternoon tea. Seriously, if cake is your thing, then make sure you head here, you won’t be disappointed.
Places to eat along the North Coast & Conwy Valley
Heading East, following the north coast (along the A55), you’ll arrive at the first of three Dylan’s restaurants. These wonderfully unique waterfront restaurants can be found in Criccieth, Menai Bridge, and Llandudno. Offering an outstanding seafood menu including scallops and muscles, lobster mac and cheese, and much more, accompanied by a wonderful selection of wines, Dylan’s has fast grown to become one of the region’s firm favourites.
Drop down inland and perhaps a walk along the Carneddau mountains, or a cycle down the Conwy valley has helped build a strong appetite…. Look no further than the Groes Inn based on the outskirts of Conwy along Llanrwst Road (B5106). A traditional, dog-friendly Inn with beautiful rooms, offering fresh seasonal food and quality real ales, here you can find a great choice of hearty, home-cooked meals.
Dine out in North Snowdonia
Fancy something a little different in a very unique setting?? Look no further!! The journey along the Snowdonia food trail continues into Blaenau Ffestiniog along the A470 where you’ll find Caffi Kiki, a wonderful Welsh/Greek gem. Offering typical Greek hospitality in the Welsh mountains, café Kiki creates tasty home-cooked Greek dishes from a truly spectacular location. Expect all your usual Greek favourites home-cooked and with a Welsh twist!
If Greek cuisine isn’t your thing, then maybe a visit to Llechwedd Quarry will do the trick for your Blaenau Ffestiniog pit stop – whilst Llechwedd is typically famous for its adventure and heritage, offering deep mine tours and also the home of ZipWorlds titan and slate caverns, there are plenty of options on-site to enjoy a quick snack or a hot meal. The Pub & Grill in the Quarryman’s Tavern, the Pizzeria, or the onsite café serves homemade and locally sourced food.
Places to eat out in South Snowdonia
Continuing South along the B4391, we approach our next destination – the Eagle Inn in Bala. A traditional, low-beamed, Welsh pub, the Eagles Inn sits at the southern end of Bala Lake with a menu brimming with amazing ingredients, the majority of which are produced at the on-site farm.
Travelling along the A494 to the A487, our food trail will now take you through the stunning South Snowdonia mountain range, including the iconic Cadair Idris. If you plan on venturing up the mountain we highly recommend stopping by Y Crochan café at King Arthurs Labyrinth, to get your caffeine fix ahead of the strenuous hike (don’t underestimate this “walk”, you will need a coffee ahead of it!).
Best places to dine along the West Coast
Heading West along the A487, we will now head to the coast of Cardigan Bay to the picturesque town of Aberdovey. For a much-needed respite, you won’t be disappointed at Trefeddian Hotel – enjoy their 4* hotel and restaurant with the most stunning sea views.
Now, it’s time to make our way back North along the beautiful Cambrian coast following the A493 and the A496. Along this route, you will find many breathtaking viewpoints both looking out towards the sea or back towards the dramatic South Snowdonia mountain range. For the next quirky food stop, head to Talyllyn Railway (who said the food trail had to be by car only?) for a great collection of traditional welsh treats such as bara brith and welsh cakes whilst enjoying the magic of the steam train.
Places to eat in Llyn Peninsula
Continuing our journey North along the coast, we stop by the beautiful village of Portmeirion – this is a foodie paradise with multiple choices of cuisine available, from the perfect homemade gelato to a four-course meal at Castell Deudraeth restaurant – Portmeirion will not disappoint.
The trail now takes us further West, making our way around the tranquil Llyn Peninsula along the A499 and onto the B4113 to the hidden gem at Botwnnog – Caffi Congl Meinciau. This new venture serves the most delicious sharing platters in the County – from fresh local cheeses and dry-cured meats, you won’t find anything else like this for miles.
Now making our way back West along the B4117, you cannot follow this route without paying a visit to the best-kept secret of North West Wales – Nant Gwrtheyrn. Nestled within the rugged cliff edges of the Peninsulas coastline, this old miner’s village is a secluded fairytalelike beauty spot, rich with heritage and culture, it is now the proud home to the Welsh Language Centre, and the most delicious traditional Welsh rarebit you will find served at Caffi Meinir.
The Final Destination
Let’s head back inland along the A499 as our route approaches its final destination – Caernarfon! Famous for its immaculately preserved castle, if you follow the adjacent old cobble streets of Palace Street you will quietly stumble across The Black Boy Inn. Greeting you with a roaring open log fire and charming low-beamed ceilings you will feel like you are stepping into a piece of history.
Locally, the family business has earned an impeccable reputation for all round quality – from the welsh beers to the locally sourced ingredients on their menu, there’s a reason why the locals adore this Inn.
And so we’ve come full circle! We hope this has given you – the foodie – the inspiration needed to help begin planning your journey. Take the full tour or create a route that is tailor-made especially for you using our free route planner https://www.snowdonia360.com/