More Places To Stay In North Wales

Still looking for places to stay in North Wales?

Although the Llyn, Land and Sea Food Festivals is yet to make a return, there are still plenty of great reasons to come and visit us here. The weather during our winters can be utterly miserable, so it’s perfectly understandable to dream of staying in a villa in the South of France rather than driving up to North Wales, but we have a huge range of exciting accommodation choices that are likely to wipe the thought of that basic villa holiday right out of your head.

These accommodation options have been selected for their unique proposition and their excellent customer reviews. Whilst some of them aren’t that close to the Llyn Peninsula, they should nonetheless make a great base for your next Welsh adventure:

Twr-y-Felin Hotel, St Davids

St. Davids has the dubious pleasure of being the smallest city in Great Britain, but that’s no reason to not stay there, especially when establishments like Twr Y Felin Hotel exist to welcome you for delightful night’s stay. Several luxury bedrooms are on offer at this well-loved hotel which also benefits from a 2 Rosette restaurant and has been awarded AA’s Hotel of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Enjoy a 2-night stay, including two evening meals at the award-winning Blas restaurant for just £170pp (when staying from November 2019 onwards between Sunday and Thursday).

Hotel Portmeirion, Portmeirion

Portmeirion is one of the truly unique sights in North Wales. Much like the unmistakable Snowdonia landscape, the faux-Italian architecture and carefully manicured gardens have been cared for, restored and opened for public to enjoy. As the entire village is owned by one company you’ll find the same level of service wherever you choose to stay, but our recommendation is the Grade-II Listed Hotel Portmeirion. This art-deco marvel makes for a perfect place to stay regardless of the time of the year and the fine dining experience is one that you’ll certainly not forget in a while.

Ruthin Castle, Ruthin

A tourist attraction in its own right, Ruthin Castle is an epic historical site that you can stay at if you wish! Offering classy 4-star accommodation and some pretty snappy dining to boot, it’s no surprise that Ruthin Castle is incredibly popular with wedding parties and those celebrating their anniversaries. Stay for a weekend and you can make the most of the excellent on-site spa and even take part in a medieval feast. Luxury rooms for two start at £99 per night (including Full Welsh Breakfast), but there are a number of expensive options for those looking to really splash out.

The Train Cottage,  Machynlleth

If you’re looking for a place to relax away from the prying eyes of other holiday-makers and without the hospitality that the previous hotels make their business, then the Train Cottage might be the perfect destination. This fully restored guard wagon has spent decades off the tracks, but don’t expect to find it in a decrepit state. The cottage has just enough room for two and has its own fresh water supply and self-contained hydro electricity system too, so even the most environmentally conscious will have trouble dismissing this choice.

Accommodation in North Wales

Looking for somewhere to stay in North Wales?

Tourists coming to North Wales are now spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation.

Many British people still associate a holiday in Wales with a seaside stay in a dilapidated Victorian hotel that has seen much better days and some soggy Fish’n’Chips, but the region has come a long way since then. Along with the huge range of fantastic food festivals and stellar outdoor activities that are now on offer, you can choose from a dazzling array of accommodation options so there truly is something for everyone.

Check out our top picks of places to stay in North Wales (from Visit North Wales) to get some inspiration for your next trip here: 

For Campers: Gwern Gof Isaf

Opened in 1906, Gwern Gof Isap is one of the longest running campsites in Wales which has been run by the same family ever since.

Henry Williams’ great grandmother was the first member of the clan to open their farm to travellers, setting an example of hospitality that her descendants have continued to this day. Now run by the 8th generation of Williams, the campsite is one of a very few campsites in the country that is open 365 days a year.

Where? Nr Conwy, LL24 03U How much? £6pppn

For Glampers: Wild Wellingtons

For those not wanting to sleep too rough and who prefer a solid roof over their head, as opposed to a flimsy piece of material, glamping is the new alternative that is fast becoming massively popular for younger families who might find sleeping in a tent too much of a hassle.

There are only two ‘geo-domes’ at Wild Wellingtons which means that there’s never a queue to use the ample facilities there which include a newly built indoor cooking/fire area, children’s play area with trampoline and even a little football field.

Where? Ceredigion, SA44 6PS How much? From £250pn for an entire ‘Geo-dome’ (see site for details)

For Home Comforts: Y Bwthyn Llwyd

Of course, when ‘geo-domes’ won’t quite suffice and you just want some peace and quiet, self-catered accommodations provide a home from home experience that might make you want to never leave!

Whilst there are tonnes of holiday homes to choose from all with their own quirks, we’ve chosen Y Bwythyn Llwyd in Menai Bridge for its fantastic location, sleek presentation and brill facilities. There’s a Waitrose nearby as well as village shops and you’re just a short drive away from the Michelin-starred Sosban and the Old Butchers.

Where? Menai Bridge How much? From £75pn

For 4-Star Service: Castle Hotel

If you’re looking for a real pampering experience then perhaps its best for you to stay in one of Wales’ premier hotels. Named for the imposing 13th Century castle that lords over the coastal town of Conwy, this four-star town house hotel has been awarded a AA Rosette for culinary excellence in addition to many others.

Whether you choose to say in a cosy Club Double room or a Superior Historic Four-Poster Double you’ll find that the service you receive will be uniformly brilliant, just make sure that you remember to explore the rest of the town!

Where? Conwy How much? From £130pn for a double room (including breakfast)

Shepherd’s Pie: Saviour of Wales?

Welsh cuisine’s profile is relatively small when compared to that of its international rivals.

Some will say that there’s a reason for this, they’ll argue that Welsh food is by and large very derivative of English cuisine and that it is plain or otherwise interesting…

…it should go without saying that we disagree with this rather strongly.

Welsh food might well have its similarities with English cuisine due to our geographical proximity but the flavours, compositions and ingredients that make up our dishes contribute to a scene that is far more than the sum of its parts. The food that is made by Welsh men and women is a result of our fantastic local produce, centuries of inherited traditions and the innovation of thousands of Welsh home cooks.

Welsh Shepherd’s Pie is a wonderful example of how Welsh cooks have used locally sourced ingredients to adapt a pre-existing recipe and create something that is new, refreshing and (most importantly) Welsh.

Every single ingredient in this recipe can be grown and bought in Wales, making it a meal that is not only affordable but also a key contributor to the Welsh economy. Despite the quality and abundance of Welsh Lamb, farmers are still struggling to sell it to supermarkets. In a post-Brexit world with the threat of greater import prices on the horizons, some Welsh ministers are suggesting that Welsh Lamb could set up to become the biggest boon of the economy. Once processed into mince Welsh Lamb could become the key ingredient in thousands of ready meals, as well as being used by catering companies in mass-produced meals that would be delivered across the UK.

Before we see that bright future though, you might want to get a little taste of what’s to come. Try out the following recipe to get a true taste of Welsh cuisine and for best results always use Welsh produce.

Welsh Lamb Shepherds Pie

Serves four hungry mouths.

450g Welsh Lamb mince
900g Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
2 good-sized parsnips, peeled and diced
¼ cabbage, shredded
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1-2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons tomato purée
300ml Lamb stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and Pepper to season
splash of milk for mashing potatoes
2 teaspoon butter for mashing

Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180ºC for fan.

Place your prepared potatoes and parsnips in a large pan, cover with just enough boiling water to cover and fast simmer with the lid on for about 10-15 minutes until soft (add the cabbage during last 5 minutes of cooking).

Meanwhile, place the Welsh Lamb mince, onion and garlic in a cold pan. Place on the heat and ‘dry fry’ in its own juices and brown for about 4-5 minutes.

Add the carrot, flour and purée and combine well together.

Add the stock and herbs. Season and bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on the pan.

Drain the potatoes, parsnips and cabbage. Add the milk and margarine or butter and mash.

Place the mince mixture into a family sized gratin dish and top with a layer of mash.

Place in a preheated oven until crisp and golden, about 20-25 minutes.

Serve with fresh spinach or other greens.

The Michelin Guide’s Favourite Welsh Restaurants

Nine restaurants have been honoured with a place in the Michelin Guide

Would you like to visit one of these stellar restaurants?

There’s much more to Welsh cuisine than just Fish’n’Chips and Glamorgan Sausage. Despite our reputation for fried foods and leeks there are plenty of high-end restaurants that you can find some truly delicious food at. Although many talented Welsh chefs choose to leave the Motherland every year to work in London, more and more restaurateurs are seeking out alternate locations to start their businesses; with many young chef investing in Birmingham as well smaller cities and town in Wales.

The restaurant business is a cut-throat one but that hasn’t stopped these innovative eateries from flourishing in Brexit Britain:

Sosban and The Old Butchers

You’ll need to book months ahead in order to secure a table at Sosban and The Old Butchers, a family-run business that has brought fine-dining excellence to rural North Wales. Their set tasting menu shifts constantly and there are only 16 covers in the place, so you’re guaranteed a peaceful night.

How much? Dinner for £80
Lunch for £40
Awards? 1 Michelin Star + 4 AA Rosettes
Telephone: 01248 208 131
Address: Trinity House
1 High Street
Menai Bridge
LL59 5EE

The Walnut Tree

Gaining notoriety in the early ’60s, The Walnut Tree sits two miles east of Abergavenny, offering Michelin-star dining as well as accommodation in the form of three cottages. The nearby Angel Hotel offers guestrooms for those who indulge a little too much and need a similarly classy place to sleep off their dinner.

How much? Starters from £11
Mains from £25
Three course lunch from £30
Awards? 1 Michelin Star + 3 AA Rosettes
Telephone: 01873 852797
Address: Old Ross Rd
Llanddewi Skirrid

Tyddyn Llan

This 3-star hotel has the considerable boon of having veteran Bryan Webb at the helm who has steered the restaurant to holding their Michelin star for a 7 years now. Choose from a dinner menu or indulge in one of their spectacular tasting menus.

How much? Dinner from £70
Six-course Taster from £80
Nine-course Taster from £95
Awards? 1 Michelin Star
Telephone: 01490 440264
Address: Llandrillo
LL21 0ST


Gareth Ward is the man behind this hugely popular restaurant success story. Since opening Gareth has put a huge focus creating an all-round restaurant experience that is, in his words, ‘FUNDINING NOT FINEDINING’ – although the glittering array of awards and accolades that Ynshir has collected in 2018 highlight that he has the latter down a tee whether he wants to or not.

How much? 11 Course Lunch for £75
19 Course Dinner £110-125
Awards? 1 Michelin Star + 5 AA Rosettes
Telephone: 01654 781209
Address: Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms
Eglwys Fach
SY20 8TA

The Checkers Montgomery

Wales is an odd place to find French Fine Dining, but it’s there nonetheless. The Checkers Montgomery is a family-run restaurant that celebrates the very best of French food whilst making use of the wide stock of ingredients that Wales has to offer. After training under Michel Roux Senior, Stephane opened The Checkers in 2011 and was awarded a Michelin star for his efforts within the year.

How much? Six-course menu for £65 per person
Awards? 1 Michelin Star
Telephone: 01686 669822
Address: Broad St,
SY15 6PN

South Wales Food Festivals

Take a trip down South to experience a different kind of food festival…

Food festivals have never been so popular, so it will come as no surprise that there are dozens of professionally run events organised around Wales that are perfect for foodies who are looking for an excuse to stuff their faces.

Summer time always brings the most food festivals and it’s not hard to see why. At this time in the year the sun is shining and it’s really not hard at all to wile away an entire day just drifting from food stall to food stall, whilst sipping on a little drink. We’ve already highlighted our pick of the food festivals up North, so we thought we’d take a look at the food festivals that you can experience if you dip down into the south of Wales.

These are our top picks for food festivals in the south of Wales:

Abergavenny Food Festival

Whilst some food festivals are nothing more than a handful of stalls in a car park (which is totally fine, by the way) there are a select few that approach the level of professionalism that attracts some of the biggest names in the business.

Abergavenny Food Festival has hosted the likes of Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Monica Galetti to name a few – it’s a world-class event that’s suitable for chefs and families alike.

Where? Abergavenny When? 15th-16th September

Caerphilly Food Festival

Caerphilly is a quintessential town that should be on any foodie’s bucket list for its iconic cheese alone. Thousands of punters descend upon the market town each year to sample food from all across the world.

Over 100 stalls crowd the streets for a one day only, so whilst you might not be able try out all of the food that’s on offer you can least have a good gawp at everything whilst you’re there.

Where? Caerphilly When? 12th May

Lampeter Food Festival

Around 3,000 people live in Lampeter, with another thousand or so students pulling the numbers up to 4,000 during term time so you’d be right in expecting the Lampeter Food Festival to be a rather cosy event.

Despite its diminutive stature this is a real gem of a festival showcasing some of the finest local producers that the area has to offer. Although it doesn’t attract huge crowds, this is a festival that you’re sure to remember.

Where? Lampeter When? 28th July

Cardiff International Food Festival

Despite being held in the Welsh capital of Cardiff this can often be a very idyllic festival to visit. Masses of people attend the Cardiff International Food festival, which is held at the iconic Roal Dahl Plass every year, to try out new food mingle with other like-minded foodies.

There’s a huge range of food on offer covering the entire gamut of street food, local producers and farmers market vibes – so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something that you’ll like.

Where? Roahl Dahl Plass, Cardiff When? 6th-9th July

Cardigan River & Food Festival

The clue is really in the name! This charming riverside festival is a must-visit for any fans of locally sourced food; Cardigan is by no means a small place so expect large crowds to attend this well established event.

Local producers from all around the area are always on hand to offer free tastes and tempt you into taking a taste of Cardigan back with you. Come along to experience what Cardigan has offer!

Where? Cardigan When? 18th August

Sourcing Stove Parts, Staff & Food: Llyn Peninsula Success Stories

There are three distinct challenges of operating a restaurant in a remote place.

The Llyn Peninsula juts out of North Wales, an instantly recognisable feature of the Welsh coast line that presents serious challenges for any restaurateurs seeking success there.


The restaurant business is associated with a high turnover of staff which isn’t an issue when your restaurant is based in an urban area. Dense city and town populations are rife with unemployed people who are keen to find work, but things are a little different out in the sticks. In order to produce food that’s a cut above the rest, Llyn Peninsula restaurants must attract professional chefs and also pay them enough to keep them and their families happy in their new rural homes. The same principle applies to waiting staff. As any restaurant owner will know, a consistency of service is key to providing a quality experience which is only possible if you retain staff for extended periods of time.

Sourcing ingredients

It would be easy to assume that restaurants should have no issue sourcing ingredients considering the abundance of fantastic producers in Wales, but due to the sheer volume of eateries in the area, head chefs and owners alike have to compete to secure consistent deliveries of the best produce at the very best price. The most successful restaurants on the Llyn Peninsula have long-lasting relationships with farmers to ensure a consistent supply of seasonal ingredients the whole year around. Unsurprisingly, the fishermen and farmers in Llyn Peninsula are amongst the best paid in the UK.

Breakdowns & Repairs

It can be easy to forget about the practical side of running a restaurant business. For example, if any equipment breaks down the owner is suddenly faced with a logistical nightmare. An oven break down is probably the most dreaded of all issues as it immediately puts a kitchen in hot water. When your restaurant is so far away from any maintenance specialists or spares suppliers there’s simply no quick way of sourcing and fitting the part you need. There’s no easy solution to this problem as keeping a full complement of stove parts on standby (as well as someone to fit them) isn’t practical. The only thing a professional restaurant can do is ensure that their ovens are up to industry standards and that there’s always a backup in place.

These Llyn Peninsula restaurants have found a way to surpass these challenges and produce excellent food:

Tremfan Hall Restaurant

Consistently voted as one of the best places to eat on the Peninsula, this atmospheric restaurant should be on the top of your agenda. 

How much? Starters from £5.95
Mains from £16.95
Can you stay the night? Yes
Telephone: 01758 740169
Address: Tremfan Hall
Llanbedrog Pwllheli
LL53 7NN

Poachers Restaurant

The family-run Poachers Restaurant is a favourite among locals and offers some great value.

How much? Two Courses for £19.95
(Dessert course for supplemental £4.00)
Can you stay the night? No
Telephone: 01766 522512
Address: 66 – 68 High Street
LL52 0HB

Castle Inn Criccieth

This cosy pub offers a menu unadulterated pub classics – perfect for winter or summer.

How much? Sharers from £2.50
Mains from £9.50
Can you stay the night? No

01766 523515

Address: The Castle Inn Criccieth
LL52 0RW

North Wales Food Festivals

Despite the Llyn Land and Seafood Festival currently being on hiatus, there are still plenty of wonderful food festivals and markets for you to come and visit.

Over the last few years the demand for quality food events has grown and grown with thousands of people flocking to Wales every year to taste what the region has to offer.

A good food festival offers something for everyone and thanks to the huge variety of produce that Wales creates, you’ll find that a Welsh food festival has just as much on offer than any other hip, urban event.

If you’re thinking of visiting us here in Wales then why not incorporate one of these popular food festivals into your holiday itinerary so that you can get a real idea of what Welsh food is all about and even take some home with you!

There are so many great food events across the country that we’ve decided to make a couple of lists, this first one will cover our favourite food festivals in North Wales:

Conwy Honey Fair

The seaside town of Conwy is the kind of place that you can spend days exploring should you wish. The imposing 13th-century fortress serves as a dramatic backdrop, with the Smallest House in Britain providing a neat juxtaposition. What many visitors aren’t aware of is the thriving bee-keeping community that calls its home there.

Each year these bee-keepers collect their produce and sell them at the Conwy Honey Fair, which takes place every 13th September on the High Street and Lancaster Square. This is a perfect chance to meet beekeepers and discover all the wonderful products that they can make with the help of their bees.

Where? High Street & Lancaster Square, Conwy When? 13th September 2018

Mold Food and Drink Festival

Returning for its 13th year, this event packs an entire festival’s worth of food stalls, exhibitions, cookery theatres and produce into New Street Car Park bringing the sleepy North Wales town to bustling life and pumping much needed money into the community.

Live music from the local area keeps the crowds entertained and a massive open-air courtyard is decked out with tables and chairs for folks to sit down, enjoy the summer sun and enjoy the festival.

Where? New Street Car Park, Mold When? 15th-16th September 2018

Wrexham Food Festival

After a couple of shaky years the Wrexham Food Festival is back and set to be better than ever.

In addition to events taking place on the Saturday and Sunday, organisers have joined forces with restaurants for the week before, offering diners the opportunity to try new menus and special offers in the run up to the weekend. This year there’s going to be an emphasis on entertainment with plenty of live music to keep you moving all the way through the evening.

Where? Wrexham When? 22nd-23rd September 2018

Llangollen Food Festival

One of the most successful festivals in North Wales, the Llangollen Food Festival was founded in 1997 making it one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the country.

The event has consistently attracted thousands of people to the town for two decades and is estimated to have boosted the local economy by approximately £8 million since its inception. 2017 was the festival’s biggest yet with over 130 stallholders offering a massive range of produce for visitors to try and take away with them.

Where? Llangollen Pavilion, Llangollen When? 13th-14th October 2018