Eat Out and then Roll Into Bed…

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:

Menai Bridge

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

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.

Caernarfon

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.

Conwy

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.

Good Time Music Festivals

Have you heard of all of these North Wales music festivals?

Book tickets at one of these excellent music festivals to turn your North Wales adventure into a sonic pilgrimage:

Hard Rock Hell

More than 50 bands from all over the globe travel to North Wales each year to play at Hard Rock Hell, a festival that has been running for over a decade and prizes community spirit and good times above all else. Whilst this festival hasn’t quite built up the reputation of rival Download Festival yet it consistently sells out year on year and continues to attract increasingly prestigious names in Rock’n’Roll its 9 stages.

When is it? 8th-11th November Where? Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli

Festival No. 6

Portmeirion is a place like no other and an attraction unto itself. Designed in the style of a bizarro Italian-village by legendary architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, it exists today as a tourist attraction and venue for this one-of-kind festival. Cutting edge alternative and classic acts take the centre stage here, with a focus on the unusual and the unprecedented. The festival will be taking a break next year, so buy a ticket this year unless you want to wait!

When is it? 6th-9th September Where? Portmeirion

Sesiwn Fawr

Dolgellau is often overlooked as a tourist town, but with over 230 listed buildings and a truly rich historic heritage it’s an ideal location for a music festival that celebrates Welsh culture in all of its forms. For one weekend in July dozens of comedians, musicians and writers descend upon the idyllic market town to perform and speak to hundreds of people. This is an understated affair that is less mud and wellies, more reading glasses and chin-stroking.

When is it? 20th-22nd July Where? Dolgellau

Llandudno Jazz Festival

Now 4 years old, the Llandudno Jazz Festival has brought big band music and shuffling drums back to one of Wales’ quintessential seaside towns. Essentially two festivals in one, visitors can purchase a Fringe ticket on top of a Main Stage pass to gain access to the entire event for £165, or you can buy afternoon/evening/day tickets if you’d like to pay a little less. This is the perfect excuse to visit a wonderful seaside resort in the height of summer – not to be missed!

When is it? 27th-29th July Where? Llandudno

Bangor Music Festival

If you’re looking for a comfortable seat and some truly mind-expanding music then you should make a beeline for the Bangor Music Festival, an event that celebrates the very best new music and sounds. Each year the organisers set a theme and task composers to create new works around it. In 2018 the theme was Space and brought a piano masterclass from renowned performer Zubin Kanha, a star gazing experience with a university professor and a sound installation from the late David Bedford.

When is it? 2nd-3rd February Where? Bangor