When I was at uni in Bangor this was the 'Union Garth'. now it's been twiddled and updated, and has become 'The Boatyard' ............ ' Bangor's Classy Pub Bistro' , apparently.
But, to be fair, it's a perfectly pleasant pub. The food was ok (only ate there once), there's a menu choice above and beyond standard UK pub fare (and I don't think it's all pre-prepared and delivered), service was courteous and the beer was well-kept. Plenty of room(s) inside, covered seating outside for the pariah smokers as well as sundry tables and seats for sunny days.
I had the fish pie, which was pleasantly warming on a chilly evening (homemade, though microwaved to re-heat). And the beer was 'Honey Bole', a most pleasantly fruity brew ideal for a summer's evening.
They do bed and breakfast too, which I suspect might well be worth exploring.
The Ristorante Pulcinella is a lovely little Italian restaurant in Bangor, situated in a beautiful location right next to the Pier, and offers spectacular sunset views. It is important that you reserve a table, even if it is just two of you, as this restaurant gets extremely busy. If you are ringing to book, make sure you ring in the evenings and if they don’t answer at first, keep trying, they will do! Also it might be worth asking for a table by the window to take advantage of the spectacular sunset.
The service is fast and you get extremely generous portions. The staff, most of whom are Italian, are very polite and helpful. The Restaurant is also authentically decorated, and gives you the feeling that you are in a little Italian fishing village, with fishing nets on the ceiling. I was particularly entertained by the Italian football memorabilia behind the bar; I thought this actually gave it a real feeling of authenticity, as well as a collection of Ferrari memorabilia.
Favorite Dish: I had the Antipasto Misto to start with, which was Parma Ham, Salami, Mozzarella Cheese, Olives and mixed Mushrooms, and my girlfriend had Minestrone, an Italian vegetable soup. For our main courses, I had Penna al Forno, pasta in a tomato sauce with salami and ham, baked with a mozzarella topping. My girlfriend had Tortellioni con Polpetta, which was pasta in a tomato sauce with meatballs, and again baked with a mozzarella topping. My girlfriend then had Profitter Rolls, which looked lovely, so lovely I didn’t eve get a look in, while I opted instead for a glass of Limoncello, a delicious Italian aperitif made from lemons, originating in Campania, which I had first tried on holiday in Sorrento.
All the food was lovely and worth the price. Most of the pasta dishes are in the £6 to £8 region, while chicken dishes are around £13 and Steaks are around £16. The steaks and chicken looked lovely and the portions were as generous as the pasta, and if you can afford it I think they would be well worth the money. The deserts were around £4 and the Limoncello was £2.50. I also had two Peroni’s, Italian Beers, which were lovelly, at £2.60 per bottle, a pretty standard price for restaurants
The Tap and spile is situated right opposite the pier in Bangor, overlooking the Menai Straits and Southern Anglesey. The pub has a lovely friendly atmosphere and great value food. After a long day walking around Bangor and Penrhyn Castle we decided to eat locally (we were staying upstairs!) and I had a chance to sample the value for money mixed grill. It was delicious, the only problem was keeping to overflowing chips on my plate! I also had the choc chip pudding and custard for desert which was very nice but filling, i needed some help in finishing it off :-))
Favorite Dish: The mixed grill was great value for money and very tasty.
The Boatyard is a nice gastro pub on the road to the pier, Tastefully decorated the interior is comfortable and relaxing much like sitting in your own front room.
Although a little pricy for students they do offer a 2 meals for £9.99 between 12:00 - 14:30
it's a nice place to call in for a drink and my Son can look at his front door while sitting in the pub having a pint.
The Tap & Spile is a great pub opposite the Pier, popular with both students and locals it's a great place to call in for a drink or for something to eat from what is quite a good menu and all at really reasonable prices. It is quite nice when you walk in with some great old signs up on the walls, one of which is for a brand of Cigarettes called Craven 'A' which boldly states "they wiil not affect your throat"
We have called in a few times for drinks and my son has always fancied eating there and although he now lives just around the corner he had not been in. Some of his house mates had and they said the food was good and you get loads so we decided that after walking to Menai bridge and back we would eat there and then stay for the Quiz (on a Tuesday Night)
we were not disappointed, I had a mixed grill which consisted of a plate of chips with a piece of steak, Gammon a lamb Chop, black pudding, mushrooms and a tomato, it was well worth the fantastic price of just £5.45. Evan had Chips with beans, fish fingers and a spicy Chicken burger which again was only £4.45. You certainly cannot complain at that and I will be eating there again, and hopefully next time we will win the Quiz and the 8 drink tokens will be ours.
Situated opposite the Cathedral this large pub is popular day and night. They have ample seating and a large bar area. The menu is quite good and will be the same one available in most Yate's pubs.
I have had breakfast here a couple of times the first time it was quite nice but on my last visit we had to wait quite a while (Ordered the All Day Breakfast) and when it came you could tell that the eggs and beans had been sitting on the plate for quite some time. My son then tells me that they have eaten here a few times and each time said they would not eat here again but then do, just because it might be better.
This is a great little place that is surely one of the gems of Bangor, whether you want a meal a few drinks or just a chat with your mates over a coffee, great decor in the restaurant, and the covered exterior cafe bar area with some great little alcoves you can get really cosy in. It makes a good meeting place for students and various societies and for anybody who wants a taste of a real Greek taverna.
The menu looks good with all the traditional Greek dishes and more, as we went in at lunch time I only had a ham and cheese Panini which was delicious.
Mike's Bites is a small cafe on Holyhead Road. It is flocked by students on their way to and from lectures for breafast, lunch and dinner. They have English Breakfasts of various sizes, from small, consisting of a slice of bacon, a hash brown, a fried egg, a sausage and beans, right up to the 'Greedy Ba***rd Challenge', which is a huge array of fried food along with a pint of tea, and if you complete it you get your name on the board! There are, of course, rules to the challenge. You must eat everything, you are not allowed to swap anything, and you are not allowed to go to the toilet during it!
Favorite Dish: The English Breakfasts here are amazing
The University is another of The Big Three Take Aways on Holyhead Road, Upper Bangor. It is widely considered the best for Kebabs, but many people go here for its Cheesy Chips alone, which are pilled high with Cheese.
The staff are always extremely friendly, even at the latest of hours, and you can always bet that if its quiet, they wil be very talkative.
More info to come soon!
Favorite Dish: The Cheesy Chips are the best in Bangor, and the Kebabs are amazing!
Bella's Take Away is a well situated Take Away with a large menu, and one of the Big Three of Holyhead Road, considered the best for Burgers and Indian food. The burgers here are truely fantastic, with lots of salad and a large selection of sauces. The staff are also quite friendly. It is also the best located for students coming back from the Students Union clubs at night.
The Take Away also has lots of seats inside for you to sit and wait or eat your food if its raining, or if you just cant wait!
It also does a large selection of Indian food.
Bella's offers free delivers on orders over £8 within Bangor.
A selection of prices:
Donner Kebab - £3.50 (small), £4.50 (large)
Mixed kebab - £6.50 (small), £7.50 (large)
Beef/Vege Burger - £2.40 (1/4lb), £3.20 (1/2lb)
Cheese Burger - £2.60 (1/4lb), £3.40 (1/2lb)
Margherita Pizza - £3 (8"), £3.50 (10"), £4.90 (12"), £6.50 (14")
Texan BBQ Pizza - £4.50 (8"), £5.50 (10"), £8.50 (12"), £9.80 (14")
Chips - £1.20 (small), £1.80 (large)
Soft Drinks - £0.60 (330ml can), £1.50 (1.5L bottle)
Favorite Dish: The Texan BBQ pizza is amazing, and the Cheese Burger is the best in Bangor.
Pizza House is one of the big 3 Take Aways in Bangor on Holyhead Road, and is considered by many the best for pizzas, as they are litteraly COVERED in topping. While the staff aren't the friendliest, they get the job done quickly and it is considered by many to be, overall, the best take away in bangor.
Delivery is £8 within a 1 Mile Radius, or you can place an order by phone and collect it in around 20mins.
A Selection of Prices:
Beef/Vege burger - £2 (1/4lb), £3 (1/2lb)
Cheese Burger - £2.50 (1/4lb), £3.50 (1/2lb)
Marguerita Pizza - £2 (7"), £2.40 (8"), £2.80 (9"), £3.70 (10"), £4.90 (12")
Pepperoni Pizza - £2.40 (7"), £2.90 (8"), £3.40 (9"), £4.40 (10"), £5.70 (12")
Chips - £1 (small), £2 (large)
Chicken Nuggets - £1.60 (6), £3.00 (6 + large chips)
Soft Drinks - £0.60 (330ml cans/500ml bottled water), £1 (330ml bottles)
Favorite Dish: The Burgers leave alot to be desired here, however the Pizzas are delcicious, especially the pepperoni pizza. The Chicken Nuggets are also fantastic!
The Greek Taverna, or 'The Greek' as it is coloquially known, is a resteraunt on College Road. It serves a selection of fine Greek Cuisine as well as some traditional English Dishes. Owned by a Greek Family who have been living in Bangor for some time, the resteraunt is a lovely place to visit. There is a covered courtyard in the middle of the resteraunt for those nice summer lunches, and an indoor dining area. The courtyard also has several small alcoves around it with seating.
The resteraunt is decorated with lots of Greek ornaments, and the courtyard has several greek columns, with one end made to look like a temple entrance.
Beware though, the waiter during the day sometimes takes a long time to come to you, so it may be best of to just go to the bar and order your food as soon as you have decided. However when you have ordered your food, if you sit in the courtyard you can see them preparing it all fresh in the kitchens.
Favorite Dish: Although not particularly Greek, I must say that the Paninis here are to die for!
Noodle One is a Japanese noodle bar on High Street, Bangor. The food here is lovely, and the staff are also very friendly. While this is not the cheapest place in town, the quality and amount of the food more than make up for it! I can promise you that you will not leave here hungry!
The layout of the resteraunt is very authentic, with long wooden tables and long wooden Benches. Many of the noodle meals come with chopsticks and a wooden ladel, which isnt the most practical for our western ideas, but very authentic!
As well as a Hotel and Shop, the Garden Hotel is also a fantastic Chinese restaurant. It is located near the Train Station, which means it is a bit of a walk from the centre of town (ten minutes), and the prices are not the cheapest by far (set meal for two is £36), but the quality of the food, the friendliness of the staff and the atmosphere of the restaurant more than make up for it. The food was lovely and there was lots of it, and at the end we felt it was really value for money.
The Garden Hotel should definitely be on your list for either a nice, romantic meal with a loved one or a good meal with your friends.
The Garden also has a Take-Away service, and provides sofa's for you to sit on and wait for your food. You can also have a drink from the bar while you wait.
Favorite Dish: It was all delicious, but I must say the thing that really made a mark on me was the Crispy Seaweed, it was absolutely out of this world!
Dragon is a nice, small Chinese restaurant on College Road, Bangor. I could not say the food here is the best Chinese in Bangor, but it is certainly nice, and its location and price sure make up for anything lacking in the food. The staff here are also extremely friendly.
Dragon also does take-away food, and they have sofa's where you can sit and wait for it to be made.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone in Bangor.
Favorite Dish: My favourite meal to have in this restaurant would have to be Hot and Sour Soup, followed by Char Sui (Roast Pork) In Sezchuan sauce, with Banana Fritters in syrup for desert, with a nice Tzing Tao beer.