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