Make the ultimate foodie road trip to one of these stunning restaurants…
…and then stay the night in one of these luxurious hotels in North Wales.
You know what really builds an appetite? A long drive into the heart of North Wales.
You don’t need to stay for a whole week here to have a rewarding experience, especially if you choose to splash out on a fancy restaurant meal and a night’s stay in a quality hotel. Whereas some visitors have to fully immerse themselves in a foreign culture in order to enjoy their holiday, some (this writer included) just need a slap up meal, a few glasses of wine and a comfy bed to attain complete relaxation.
Whilst North Wales has recently been firmly placed on the map as a fantastic hub for extreme sports and activities, it’s easy to miss the waves being made by the fine-dining chefs in our region, not to mention the proliferation of high-class hotels dotted around the rugged landscape:
A meal at the Michelin star awarded Sosban and the Old Butchers is always an adventure, although it’s worth bearing in mind that this particular adventure doesn’t come cheap. At £40 for a sitting at lunch and £80 for dinner, the cost might be high but the reward is certainly worth the means. Once you’ve had your fill of exquisitely crafted, locally sourced fine dining food you can roll yourself into a bed at the Bulkeley Arms. Sip a night cap at the bar downstairs then lug yourself upstairs for a night’s stay in one of their cosy rooms.
Ruthin is certainly on the small side when it comes to Welsh towns, but that doesn’t mean that you should give it a miss, especially when that means missing the excellent grub at On The Hill. The variety on offer at this family-run restaurant has to be seen to be believed. Chef/Patron Rowan has been leading the charge here for a decade now and doesn’t pull punches when it comes to flavour. After such a decadent meal there really is no better place to get a night’s keep than the equally luxurious Ruthin Castle Hotel & Spa.
Like a few other towns in North Wales, Caernarfon has been dominated by the 13th Century castle for hundreds of years; it’s an impressive sight that makes for dramatic viewing in the evening whilst you stroll on your way to Osteria, a hip Tuscan restaurant that specialises in tantalisingly authentic specials. The plates are stacked high with rich flavours here, making you appreciate the crisp fresh air during the Winter all the more, not to mention the pleasant walk to the Black Boy Inn, a top notch bar and cosy inn for the night.
Only Conwy can rival the legendary Llandudno for the crown of quintessential seaside town. On a sunny day there a few things more relaxing than taking a stroll down its iconic promenade, only a meal at Paysanne could possibly improve your visit. This French restaurant has been a family affair for an incredible 30 years now and has recently started serving lunch on a Friday and Sunday – a perfect way of breaking up your day. A little further down the way you’ll find The Quay Hotel, a tranquil corner of paradise that promises expert treatments and a seductively luxurious night’s stay.