Whether you’re visiting for the day, having a short break, or you live in the area and are looking for somewhere new for a nice meal. North Wales has some of the best places to eat across the country and is rightly famous for some of the most romantic and Michelin restaurants hosting a wide variety of cuisines to meet all tastes.
Here are our top 7 places to eat in North Wales:
Dylan’s, Menai Bridge
This modern restaurant perched on the water’s edge of Menai Bridge is certainly a hidden gem. With a relaxed yet modern Scandinavian-style interior the decor is a favourite amongst many. The owners set out to create a place on the island where they could take their own children and friends and that’s exactly what they have done! With spectacular views from the restaurant and alfresco terrace keeping you transfixed for hours, you won’t want to leave!
Serving locally sourced seasonal food the menu includes world famous Menai mussels, freshly made sourdough and focaccia bread alongside locally sourced fish such as lobster and Anglesey sea bass. The restaurants speciality is seafood and pizza however there is something for everyone with lots to choose from including Welsh lamb, chicken in a basket, and wild mushroom risotto just to name a few.
Popular with the locals and passers-by, the restaurant does get very busy due to its popularity so we’d highly recommend booking to avoid any disappointment. Do check out the family photos on the walls before you leave! Also if you’re ever down near Criccieth Dylan’s have recently opened their second restaurant on the waterfront there! Definitely worth a visit to see how the building has transformed from what was once Morannedd cafe.
Awarded Restaurant of the year for North Wales in 2015 Blas is owned by award winning chef Daniel ap Geraint along with his wife Mari. Serving contemporary Welsh cuisine using only the finest local seasonal produce in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant has become a firm favourite of the town amongst locals and visitors and it the best in town!
On the menu you will find modern dishes such as Loin of Welsh lamb, Anglesey Scallops, local mussels and homemade smoked mackerel pate. Chef Daniel pairs ingredients to create dishes which really make your taste buds sing. Not only is he passionate about local welsh produce on the menu but there is also a vast range of local ale’s, ciders and spirits on the drinks menu.
Hickories, Rhos On Sea
Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American BBQ restaurant set a stones throw away from the beautiful bay of Rhos-on-Sea. Ever fancied trying this traditional style of cooking? Well now you can.
Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by super friendly staff with hot salty popcorn and a bottle of cold water at the ready at each table. You won’t be disappointed with their massive racks of ribs, enormous smokehouse platters, and the most delicious deserts. Their menu offers two styles of BBQ. A southern-style ‘Smoker’ BBQ which uses slow wood-fired cooking in their specially imported American smoker oven and the ‘Yankee’ BBQ section of the menu which is cooked over sizzling hot coals. Both styles are just as delicious and unbelievably mouthwatering.
You can even sit at the chefs bar and watch them cook and dish up your food before your eyes keeping you entertained whilst you dine. Be sure to sample their new drinks menu including some fantastic new cocktails and favourites for the kids including milkshakes and mocktails.
The White Eagle, Rhocolyn
This gastro-pub/restaurant has a relaxed family-friendly vibe with the most beautiful views across Rhoscolyn Bay. It boasts an expansive and varied menu which changes seasonly. The menu features delicious locally produce including freshly caught seafood and locally reared meat. The pub has a lovely snug area which is perfect for unwinding in the evenings and winter where you can relax with a glass of wine or local real ale. The pub is welcome to the whole family including dogs who are allowed in the snug or on the terrace. Even Prince William and Kate Middleton have been known to have enjoyed many meals here whilst living in their farmhouse nearby before the arrival of Prince George.
The Oyster Catcher, Rhosneigr
The Oyster Catcher is set in the outskirts of Rhosneigr in the most unique location overlooking Maelog Lake and Rhosneigr beach. This contemporary glass-fronted restaurant is an unique building with a bar downstairs and an outside seating area with heated beach huts, perfect for unwinding after a long day. The restaurant has a chef’s academy and special enterprise which was inspired by “fifteen” in London in a beautiful modern glass building with tall windows and fantastic views over the dunes.
Given the name of the restaurant oysters aren’t the only dish to be served here, the menu has a classic bistro-style feel to it and dishes include pastas, pizzas and seafood dishes along with an extensive specials list. Highly worth a visit whether that be for a special occasion, a light lunch after a walk over the dunes or to grab a coffee on the outside seating area to admire the view.
Theoystercatcheranglesey.co.uk | 01407 812829
The Marram Grass Cafe, Newborough
This quirky restaurant is incredibly welcoming, attentive and friendly. Brothers Head chef Ellis and manager Liam opened the Cafe to share their passion for great food and drink by using locally produced food and and a range of local beverages. The Cafe is slightly hidden off the main road as it shares its entrance with a holiday park however it’s definitely worth seeking out as you won’t be disappointed with the great service and high quality food. It’s recommended to book especially during the summer period as it is a popular eatery.
Themarramgrass.com | 01248 440077
The Tafarn On The Bay, Red Wharf Bay
Overlooking St Davids Beach this modern gastro pub which boasts stylish and spacious interior. Originally built as a marine cottage in 1924, the tavern has become, over the years, one of the most popular dining locations in Anglesey. The coastal views over Red Wharf and St Davids Beach are spectacular, which you can enjoy whilst sitting on the balcony of this modern seaside tavern watching the sunset go down sipping cocktails. The menu offers creative and varied fresh local dishes giving that unique home-made appeal including pan seared local bass fillet and welsh ribeye steak. The Tavern has a history of excellence with high quality gourmet cuisine using some of the best ingredients Wales has to offer. If you’re just after somewhere to enjoy a quiet drink then the Tavern pub also has a well-stocked bar serving a variety of beers and a range of local real ale from Purple Moose brewery.
For those who would just like to enjoy a quiet drink The Tavern pub also has a well-stocked bar, serving a variety of draught and bottled lagers, beer and a range of Real Ale’s, including a range from a local brewery, Purple Moose, Porthmadog.
Thetavernonthebay.co.uk | 01248 852751
So there you have it, our favourite places to dine in North Wales. Where are yours?