We’ve gathered here a small selection of great places to eat throughout Wales, from tearooms to bistros, top restaurants to cafés.
They all have one thing in common - a commitment to serving real food based on quality ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. This is ‘slow food’, as opposed to the fast variety.
If you’re making a special trip to eat in any of the places listed, please phone to check opening times/booking arrangements.
Please be aware that Great Little Places gift vouchers are not valid at the below restaurants unless with prior agreement from the restuarant, please contact them to ask before booking.
Just four miles inland from the picturesque harbour town of Aberaeron, set in the heart of the Ceredigion countryside you will find this traditional Steakhouse. Head Chef, Marc Roberts and his team pride themselves on sourcing the very finest local meats, including many cuts of local beef, steak, ribs and a firm favourite- Pembrokeshire wagyu beef burgers. Arrive a little early to enjoy an aperitif and study the menu choices in the relaxing atmosphere of the traditional bar.
A funky, fashionable place to eat – and drink fab cocktails served by friendly staff. The buzzy menu captures the character of the place. Start perhaps with the oysters or the charcuterie board, then tuck into steak, pasta or pizza. Baravin might be a touch Italian but it’s run with a modern Welsh vibe, and the menus are bilingual – did you know that ysgwydd cig oen Cymreig, pesto mintys, pys, mozzarella is a pizza made of Welsh lamb shoulder, minted pesto, peas and mozzarella? If your appetite can manage it, also try the pwdin – no, we’re not going to translate that.
Medina has a very informal cafe vibe, situated in a light, contemporary space with a small courtyard at the rear with a playhouse for children. They serve great coffee, Chinese loose teas, have a fully licenced bar and everything in-between alongside breakfast through to the evening. The keyword truly is fresh, upon entering you are greeted with a wonderful display of vibrant salads all made from scratch daily with breads also baked daily on the premises along with all the cakes. The menu has Middle Eastern influences using recipes such as Za'atar, sumac and Ras el hanout.
Located on the harbour front in Aberystwyth, Pysgoty is a small licensed cafe-bar specialising in fish and seafood dishes of the highest quality in a relaxed atmosphere with a warm Welsh welcome. Pysgoty serves fresh innovative fish dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the menus change on a daily basis, dictated by the seas and the seasons. The fish and shellfish are caught by Aberystwyth fishermen in Cardigan Bay whenever possible and are freshly prepared. The outdoor seating area boasts panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and the river Rheidol, it's the perfect spot for enjoying a relaxed glass of wine with local seafood overlooking Aberystwyth's stunning sunsets.
This highly regarded restaurant reflects the 'terroir' of the Vale of Glamorgan, using all local and seasonal produce in their food, promoting a strong connection with many local producers. In keeping with this trend they also have their own kitchen garden and you’ll often see forage ingredients such as seaweed, mushrooms and fruit in their food and drinks. Menus changes twice a day to reflect the season and the produce available. Tom Watts-Jones, head chef owner, grew up down the lane from the pub in Aberthin, so his family are truly connected to the area and they are ready and waiting to welcome you.
Newly opened to great reviews. The Bank brings a contemporary venue to Barmouth serving an inventive menu of locally sourced ingredients. Born from Megan and Ryan’s long held passion to open their own restaurant they are open for dinner between 6 and 9pm and also serve Sunday lunch. There is no children’s menu and booking is advisable.
The Bistro is in historic Henllys Hall overlooking the beautiful Georgian town of Beaumaris, famous for its medieval castle. Chef Simon Doyle and his front of house partner Nia Roberts have established Harry’s as one of Anglesey’s best eating places with a contemporary style of traditional food served in a historic location with stunning views. The menu and wine list offer a carefully presented choice and the specials board is always popular, with delicious dishes using the very best of fresh, locally sourced produce.
This unpretentious, well-regarded restaurant pays homage to the wonderful ingredients grown in Carmarthenshire, the ‘garden of Wales’, You’ll find seasonal game from local estates, salmon and sewin caught fresh from the River Tywi by traditional coracle, rare breed pork, locally reared beef and that special delight, saltmarsh lamb from the coast. Don’t feel you have to dress up. Y Polyn is a relaxed kind of place where staff wear jeans, there are no starchy tablecloths, and no modish foams or gels. The food tastes of what it is – simply the best.
With his wealth of experience as one of Britain’s top chefs, Bryn Williams brings his take on a beach-front bistro to the North Wales Coast. This fabulous big open space with its easy, informal mood has an open kitchen where Bryn’s team of chefs turn simple, local, seasonal ingredients into extraordinary bistro-style food. Menus are served all day: you can tuck into breakfast, graze over small plates at the bar, share a feast with the family, and watch the sun go down with friends. Good times with good people, and no distance between you and the beach.
A unique wine shop/cafe/bar in the heart of this popular old market town. Relax in this newly renovated building that dates back to the 1600s. A place to enjoy a coffee and a cake, sample at least a dozen wines at any time, enjoy a drink with soup or simple tapas. Alternatively, take home a selection of wines from the fascinating cellar shop. Exclusive imports from across Europe and around the world with regular tutored tastings.
The newly refurbished Cabin at the golf club is the ideal venue for small functions, celebrations and afternoon tea. All are welcome to Y Cabin, which serves a delightful menu of homemade dishes and snacks in a relaxing setting, surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens. The café-bar is open to all on a daily basis and it specialises in lunches, but its warm, welcoming and intimate atmosphere make it the perfect venue for sipping coffee, enjoying afternoon tea or a well-deserved glass of wine.
Anyone who knows anything about food in Wales will have heard of Simon Wright, restaurateur, writer, innovator and all-round gastro-guru. So you can be sure that his latest venture is worth visiting. It’s a clever combination of café/bistro, shop and wine cellar on the back road – and best route – to Carmarthen. So do yourself a favour, take the B4300 from Llandeilo to Carmarthen and stop off. The coffee is made with the precision known only to five-star baristas. It’s just great, along with the way the breakfasts, lunches and suppers bring an informed, metropolitan métier to rural Wales.
Traditional village inn that attracts food lovers from far and wide. The Queen's Head has built its considerable reputation on offering satisfying cooking based on the best local ingredients - and it's great value. Regular house specials include steak, mushroom and ale pie, goose and duck, while the fish menu is influenced by the local catch.
Cosy, intimate, timber-framed restaurant run by Mark and Felicity Seager that enjoys a reputation as an oasis of good food with an exceptional wine list. The emphasis here is on local Welsh produce, freshly prepared by Mark whose menus change with the seasons. Teas, coffees, lunches and evening meals are served. Advance booking recommended.
5 Penbryn Cottages, High Street, Llanfyllin SY22 5AP
Tel 01691 648604
Amser Da Cafe Bar is the ideal place to relax and sample great coffee, home produced savoury foods and delightful desserts made in house. They offer an assortment of wines and spirits at Amser Da which can also be found across the rad at Blas ar Fwyd, their delicatessen, which houses a fantastic selection of deli produce, wine, cheese, meats and more.
This family-run café in the picture-postcard village of Moelfre on Anglesey's eastern shores is known for its quality produce and reliance on local produce. Fresh fish and shellfish are regulars on the menu, with crab and lobster supplied by a local company. The lamb and beef, too, are mostly Welsh in origin and of the finest quality. Neither do the fruit and vegetables have to travel far - in summer they're often grown on the island. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner - all delicious and good value. Bookings taken.
Moelfre, Isle of Anglesey LL72 8HL
Tel 01248 410386 Website www.annspantry.co.uk
Located in a 16th century timber framed building, this charming café, licensed restaurant and delicatessen offers a friendly welcome. Alice and her staff have built on its well earned reputation producing delicious, locally sourced food, freshly prepared on the premises. On fine days enjoy their pretty courtyard garden. The delicatessen is filled with treats for the kitchen and table, tasty cheeses, freshly baked cakes and artisan breads. Available for private dinner parties.
Beach House opened in the summer of 2016 on the shores of Oxwich Bay. Lead by native Welshman Head Chef Hywel Griffith and Restaurant Manager Katherine Morgant, the team provide a quality dining offering with a magnificent backdrop across the South Gower coastline to the world famous Three Cliffs Bay, delivering something exceptional for the Gower. This year Beach House was named AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales.
A real find! The award-winning Bunch, set away from Pontypridd's town centre, is a real pub with a real food experience. Enjoy modern British cooking with a twist - and an emphasis on local produce and sustainability. Everything is home-cooked, including the bread. Award-winning home-brewed Otley ales too - they're multiple CAMRA champions. Combines the atmosphere of a traditional pub with a contemporary place to eat, welcoming diners and drinkers alike.
Situated on the end of the high street in Pwllheli you will find Whitehall, a family owned and run Bar and Grill. Open for food all day every day from 11am onwards and Sunday lunch between 12 - 3pm. They use local produce wherever possible and have a variety of cask ales. It offers a friendly and cosy atmosphere and great value.
Fabulous location, fabulous restaurant. The name – simple though it is – almost says it all. Coast is a new, purpose-built restaurant overlooking the sands at Coppet Hall near Saundersfoot. It’s dedicated to using, wherever possible, locally sourced Pembrokeshire ingredients prepared with skill, experience, creativity and ‘a good dollop of style’. This temple to good food is casual, not reverential. It’s professional (very) but informal, accomplished but relaxed. So sit back and enjoy fresh shellfish, lobster, sea bass or roast Welsh lamb. And wonderful wines. And the view, of course.
St Davids renowned restaurant boasts innovative interpretation of classics and bold exciting dishes. A vibrant mix of tempting charm and unpretentious flair. Seasonal menus offer a huge range of local Pembrokeshire produce from its envious and abundant larder. Favourites include Welsh beef and lamb along with a wealth of local seafood. Generous and big hearted cooking set within the warmth of a fabulous contemporary setting. cwtch* lives up to its meaning; snug, cosy, warm and proudly Welsh. Top quality food and delightful service within a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
A relaxed fish and chip bistro on the quayside overlooking the fishing harbour in the renowned village of Porthgain on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The Shed is famous far and wide for its own caught local fish and shellfish, landed daily and served within hours. Look forward to simple and satisfying meals, such as fresh local battered fish and hand cut Pembrokeshire potato chips. Also fresh coffee, teas and homemade cakes – not forgetting Porthgain crab sandwiches.
Great food, great service, great times! Owned and run by four good friends who have a wealth of experience in high quality hotels and restaurants. Collectively they have a passion for Pembrokeshire and all it has to offer, taking inspiration from its stunning coastline, rolling green hills and endless supply of amazing quality ingredients and the people who produce them. The restaurant is located on the lower ground floor of the Atlantic Hotel on the Esplanade.