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.

Self-Catering Accommodations

Book a weekend at one of these fantastic self-catering lodges!

Not everyone wants to get pampered silly at a hotel for their holiday and, more importantly, not everyone can afford to do so.

Thankfully there are plenty of affordable options in North Wales where you can experience a considerable degree of luxury without spending an arm and a leg. The rise in popularity of the ‘self-catered accommodation’ has made things much easier for larger families, or even couples on a budget to enjoy a holiday in a unique location without having to spend a fortune. Although taking up residency in a lodge in Snowdonia might not have the same exotic appeal as staying in a villa in the South of France, North Wales offers a few benefits to British holiday makers looking to book a holiday full of adventure and natural beauty.

These self-catered lodges offer a chance to escape to a secluded part of North Wales:

The Nook in Snowdonia

If you’re looking for a quiet, romantic corner to relax in with that special one then you could do a lot worse than this tidy little annex in Snowdonia. Although this tiny studio-style property is attached to a larger property, you’re afforded plenty of privacy as well as being in close proximity to some of the best North Wales attractions like Llanrwst, Snowdon and Bodnant Gardens.

Pant Dafyss Goch

You’ll find this charming detached farmhouse just above the market town of Llangollen. Despite its thoroughly rustic appearance it comes with every kind of amenity that you’d expect from a modern property. Although you’re not far from civilisation here, the relatively isolated location will make you feel like you’re half the world away, offering a real escape to the country.

Ty Capel Saron

There’s room for 12 people to sleep at this massive renovated chapel house in the Ogwen Valley making it an ideal bolthole for a large family reunion or party. The kids are well catered to in this area with attractions such as Surf Snowdonia and Zip World only a few miles away. Dogs are welcome at this comfortable holiday home and with a shop and pub only a short walk away, you can leave your car parked up for your holiday.

Ysgubor

This semi-detached barn conversion is placed within 40 acres of peaceful grassland with nothing but grazing livestock to keep you company and views of the stunning Moelfre mountain. Open beams and trusses give this spacious property a real rustic vibe and, best of all, the secluded Llandanwg Beach is only a 15-minute walk away. Dine alfresco during summer evenings or tuck yourself away for a cosy meal in the winter.

Celyn Farm Cottage

Dogs are welcome at this practically located cottage accommodation. The whitewashed stone walls and exposed beams reflect the age of this charming property which features a crog loft, complete with sloping, low-level ceilings. Outside seating is also provided, so you can enjoy a cup of tea in the morning with the fantastic scenery as a backdrop.