This 15th century Cottage, now run by the National Trust is almost hidden by its creeper. I love the way even the chimneys are covered. In the autumn the creepr turns a lovely golden red colour. Best of all you can get lovely welsh cream teas here including buttered bara brith, a loaf bread similar to - but lighter than - fruitcake, along with scones and pots of butter, jam and cream.
You can eat inside amonst the old paintings and brass decorations or sit outside by the river.
Favorite Dish: Although the cream teas are scrummy I enjoyed some homemade banana bread with loads of fresh cream and a big mug of coffee.
Pete's Eats is world famous in the walking/climbing fraternity and provides the best value food in Snowdonia. It's a greasy-spoon cafe that punches well above its weight offering a host of vegitarian and healthy options as well as a wide range of fry-ups. Fuel up before ascending Snowdon with one of their mamoth fried breakfasts or wind down after a long day in the mountains with a pint of tea (that's how much their large cups hold) and a warming pasta bake. The place is very busy throughout the summer, but it's worth squeezing in.
Favorite Dish: For artery-clogging goodness you can't beat the mixed grill - bacon, sausages, burger, eggs, beans and chips served in a rustic style (i.e. a large mound on what is already an oversized plate) - fantastic.
Special mention has to go to their omlettes, though if my doctor is reading this, I never touch them - honest.
It's been voted CAMRA's Snowdonia pub of the year in the past and it's pretty easy to see why. There's a good range of real ales on offer, but this is backed up with great range of food. The menu is varied and high quality - excellent after spending all day chasing a three year old round the mountains!
Favorite Dish: I haven't tried everything on the menu yet, but it's all been good so far. The spaghetti carbonara is my favourite so far, but will definitely have to try the Sunday lunch which seemed to be very popular.
Caffi Gwynant is situated near the starting point of the Watkin Path up to Snowdon. I ate here together with some people I met on the top of Snowdon. We were all very happy with our meals which tasted very good. It seems like they use meat and vegetables that are produced in the area.
I ordered Homemade Game Pie: Venison, Pigeon and Woodcock pie with Nantmor ***ake, mushrooms and puffy pastry lid, served with celeriac mash and garden pea. The meal was £9.95 (March 2012).
Tal Y Don is welsh for Crest of a Wave.
This is a pub and restaurant also offering accommodation. Meals are served as follows:
BREAKFAST Full breakfast menu served in the restaurant from 8:00am - 9:00am.
LUNCH 12noon - 3:00pm Summer,
12noon - 2:30pm Winter.
EVENING MEALS Summer: Mon. to Sun. - 6:00 - 8:45 pm
Winter: Mon. to Wed. 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Thurs. to Sun. 6:00 - 8:45 pm
I didn't think it looked very cosy inside but that was all forgotten when the food arrived. It was simply fantastic!
Favorite Dish: I had Supreme of Chicken (around £11) filled with brie wrapped in bacon, with mushroom & cream sauce, served with rosti potatoes & fresh vegetables.
Steve had a Peppercorn steak (around £12)with sauce, shallots, bubble and squeak and vegetables.
We made the terrible mistake of also ordering an portion of chips/fries (thankfully only one between the two of us). When the meal came the vegetable dish included some new potatoes each so we struggled to eat everything but it was all so nice.
We couldn't manage a pudding and staggered out to the car barely able to move after well and truly filling our bellies.
Would definitely recommend a visit!
With its beams and brass and old paintings and newspaper clippiings hanging on the walls its really quaint inside.
During the winter months it has to close and all its possessions are moved to the rooms upstairs - the little bric-a-brac and book shop.
This is due to flood water from the river outside. If you look at the door as you enter you can see marks denoting the flood level at that year.
Pen-y-Ceunant Tea House is situated in the beginning of the Llanberis path up on Snowdon, about a 5 minutes walk from the trail head. Coming back down from Snowdon I stopped here. The teahouse is situated in a cottage built around 1790 and in the first room you enter a big fire was lit in the fireplace. It looked very inviting. Unfortunately there were only two tables there and they were both occupied so I sat down in another room.
I had a pot of coffee and Welsh fruitcake with butter. It all tasted very good and it was £4.75 (February 2012).
Pen-y-Ceunant is open year round, even on Christmas Day. In November to March it is open 10-18 and in April to October it is open 9-22.
Part of the Brewers Fayre chain.
Food is served Monday-Saturday 11.30-10.00
Sunday 12.00-10.00. Apart fom specials on the boards chain pubs offer the same menus in all thie pubs so you can look at the menu here. There is a childrens menu and a fun factory play area for children.
It looked quite pleasant inside. Looks vey nice fom the outside. It has a good selection of leaflets etc for tourists in the entrance.
Plenty of parking, nice location on the coast.
Favorite Dish: I can't remember what we ate. The service was good.
17th Century coaching inn on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Very cosy looking inside. I can imagine in cold weather with the open fire roaring it must be very romantic.
You can read a review from the Guardian newspaper here.
Predominantly a pub/restaurant, however, they also offer accommodation.
They say a little old lady in Victorian clothing appears downstairs occassionally and frightens the kitchen staff...we never saw her on our visit.
Favorite Dish: The menu is given on the website. I had the fish which was really nice. The desserts were even nicer. The portions are a good size.
They use local produce wherever possible.
I think we paid around £30-35 for main course, dessert and drinks for two.
Pack a lunch for the hike up Snowdon or pay for it in the cafeteria at the top. We very much enjoyed our packed lunch which Dave hauled up the mountainside, even if the sandwiches were a wee bit squashed by the time we ate them ;-)
Favorite Dish: Homemade cheese and pickle sandwiches which taste heavenly after a harrowing climb up Snowdon ;-)
Pete's Eats is the cafe in Llanberis where hikers, climbers, and outdoor lovers congregate. It serves diner-style food, and is famous for its "chip butties."
Some items on the menu:
-Large breakfast: 3.95 pounds
-Chip butty: 1.60 pounds
-Mixed grill: 4.95 pounds
The menu has won the bilingual menu of the year award. Even the waitresses from abroad can take orders through the medium of Welsh. Good quality, wide variety of food (fish, meat, sandwiches...).
Located opposite one of the best delicatessens in North Wales, which stocks Welsh wisgi and a variety of good wine.
Favorite Dish: The sea bass - simple and with lots of vegetables. The leek and potato soup - a local speciality.
A recently renovated building, including a traditional pub and a modern restaurant. Good Sunday lunches. A good place to practice your Welsh!
Favorite Dish: The atmosphere in the pub when Wales is playing rugby is special. Very friendly people.
I was told that Petes Eats was famous for hikers and thought I would go.
Boy did I regret it, the people who run this place must hate both food and their customers, cheap and very very nasty, I love fry ups and was hoping to enjoy a good one before climbing Mt Snowdon. The fry up we recieved at Petes eats became the joke of the trip. None of my party had ever had such a terrible dining experience. The produce used was of the lowest standard imaginable (bizarre in an area famed for Bacon and Sausages). The famous pint of tea came as tea bag and hot water - but still they managed to get it wrong as some sort of oily matter was in the mug, the tea when brewed tasted of old dustbin water. The Sausages were mainly sawdust and the bacon must have come from a pig that died of natural causes.
Take my advice and never eat at Pete's Eats.
Favorite Dish: None