Eating Places In Wales
...pubs, cafes, restaurants
(Grid Reference, and sometimes phone number, in brackets)
The Hours Cafe & Bookshop 15 Ship Street (nearly opposite Brecon Bikes and the library). Literati cafe with good food and pleasant atmosphere. (01874 622800). Bike shop opposite and bike parking by library wall. Also the cafe up at the cathedral is good.
St. David's, Pembrokeshire:
The Refectory in the cathedral - in the former monks' refectory. As you walk through the cathedral to the Refectory, note that the floor slopes in a 15 foot drop from the altar to the west door. The slope was caused by an earthquake in the middle ages. A good place to park bikes is by the ruined Bishop's Palace near the ford (warning: don't cycle through the ford).
Cwm Gwaun near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire:
The Dyffryn Arms (SM 811 056) - no food but a classic unspoilt pub with beautifully kept real-ale served in a jug through a hatch by the wonderful Bessie. Walk into the pub and it is like walking back 90 years. Cycling down Cwm Gwaun (cwm is Welsh for valley) is a wonderful ride, especially when you are heading for the Dyffryn Arms in the late afternoon sunshine. The people of Cwm Gwaun still celebrate New Year on 13th January - what's the point of change when the old ways work perfectly well! [Update: a fire in February 2019 means that the pub is temporally closed.]
Druidston near Broadhaven, Pembrokeshire:
The Druidstone Hotel (SM 862 169; 01437 781221) - has to be one of the best places in Pembrokeshire; gorgeous food, real ale (bar open to non-residents), interesting art work for sale, incredible views, lovely beach - what more could you want.
Solva near St. David's, Pembrokeshire:
Cafe on the Quay in the yacht club at the mouth of the harbour (follow footpath out from car park on right side of harbour). Great views and wonderful coffee and homemade cakes.
Lavender Cafe, in Raul Speek's art gallery (www.raulspeek.co.uk). Lovely little cafe.
The 35 Cafe, next to the Harbour Inn in the harbour carpark is also good.
The Griffin pub (SM 811 056). Worth a shortish walk to the beach at Westdale Bay (when the tide is out).
The Mill Cafe pub (SM 839 325). One of our favourite cafes.
The Clock Tower cafe (SM 794 085). Worth visiting Marloes Sands (SM 780 076) and a walk in the Deer Park (SM 758 089) out on the end of the peninsular at Martin's Haven.
Machynlleth: (pro. mack-unth-leth)
Quarry Cafe, 13 Maengwyn Street, Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales. (Tel: 01654 702 424). Lovely food made by hand in the cafe using a lot of organic and fairly traded ingredients. Just down the road from the Centre for Alternative Technology which sometimes gives concessions if you arrive by bike (phone for details or enquire when you arrive). Both are on Sustran's National Cycle Network Route 8.
Deb's Kitchen cafe in The Courtyard off Standard Street (narrow one-way street off the main square in Crickhowell town centre). Tables inside and out - the courtyard is a great place to sit and relax. Phone: 01873 268004. Also in the courtyard is the Tools For Self Reliance Cymru workshop and shop, which is worth visiting (we've bought several garden tools from them, including a scythe).
The Old Electric Shop cafe opposite The Granary - excellent vegetarian food amongst ever-changing offerings of interesting furniture, lighting and eclectic items.
The Granary cafe by the clocktower - the serve-yourself soup and roll is the best value item on the menu, also good cakes.
Sheperd's Ice Cream Parlour 9 High Street - lovely!
Glasbury near Hay-on-Wye, Powys:
The River Cafe by the bridge (SO 180 393; 01497 847007) - Bit pricier, but good food, lovely ices, and pleasant seating by River Wye.
The Hat Shop cafe in main street - lovely cafe, also has music every so often.
Great Oak Cafe in Great Oak Street - wholefood cafe and good local buzz.
Erwood near Builth Wells, Powys:
The Wheelwrights pub (SO 095 430) - good food (including Mondays).
Waunfawr near Caernarfon, Gwynedd:
Crefftiau Antur Waunfawr Crafts (SH 528 593, phone: 01286 650 937) - tearoom, garden nursery and nature reserve; part of a local project for young people with learning difficulties. (crefftiau is Welsh for crafts). Cafe open Monday-Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
Blas Llynnon Tearoom at Llynnon Windmill (above) - the only working windmill in Wales. Light lunches, cakes, teas etc. Lovely food, interesting place, well worth a visit - you don’t have to pay to get into the cafe (and toilets). On the Sustran’s Route 5 so loads of cyclists go there. Tel: 01407 730 633.
Mojo's Creperie - wonderful French creperie. 7 Marine Terrace, High St (next to Fat Face). Phone: 01407 810598.
Baravin - easy-going friendly cafe bar/wine bar on the promenade (near the bandstand), so views of the sea while you eat their fantastic pizzas. They also make lovely bread. Phone: 01970 611189.
Crimson Rhino Cafe, 4 Northgate Street - relaxed vegetarian cafe.
Ultracomida - wonderful Spanish cafe at rear of their deli/cheese shop. Do great takeaways too, if you want to go and sit on the beach. 31 Pier Street. Phone: 01970 630 686.
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