We’ve been taking you through the best food across North Wales as part of our food trail series, and next up is the majestic, castle-crowned town of Conwy. Just a short drive from the hotel – choose the scenic route through Snowdonia or the faster, coastal road – Conwy is a fascinating town with an impressive history.
Cobbled streets, dark alleyways and looming medieval buildings give way to quirky private shops, trendy eating places and busy pubs in a town that – with so much history – has a distinctly cosmopolitan vibe too.
There’s so much to see and do here, including the castle and its walls, Thomas Telford’s suspension bridge and Tudor mansion Plas Mawr, that you’ll work up an appetite trying to cram it all in! Factor in some stops to refuel as you explore to really get the most out of this fascinating place. We hope you’re hungry, here we go…!
One of the most anticipated events of the culinary year is the Gwledd Conwy Feast. This popular food festival takes place on the third weekend of October and kicks off on Friday night with live music and fireworks. Over the weekend, the town is besieged by a horde of food stalls, local producers and celebrity chefs.
Peruse the festival tents for some goodies to take home or just wander the streets and salivate at the sheer array of delicious food and drink on offer – we suggest you arrive with an empty stomach!
The Conwy Honey Fair takes place in Lancaster square and up the high street each year on the 13 September. This historic fair was created by Royal Charter over 700 years ago, allowing traders to sell honey from midnight to midnight free of charge.
The fair is attended by local beekeepers and it’s a great opportunity to find out more about this fascinating pastime. Browse stalls laden with honey and honey-related wares including, candles, polish, soaps, plants, home produce and apian-inspired crafts. Even if you’re not a honey fan, the great festival atmosphere makes this a wonderful day out!
Recently awarded the accolade of ‘Best Restaurant in Wales’ at the British Restaurant Awards, Signatures offer a sophisticated dining experience more in line with high-end city establishments. The lavishly decorated, luxury interior and dramatic theatre-style kitchen deliver a feast for all five senses, not just the tastebuds!
Family-run Watson’s can be found nestled up against the town walls on a secluded lane just off the main road. This charming, out-of-the-way eatery caters for all tastes, whether it’s a light lunch, a slap-up Sunday roast, or an evening meal from the a-la-carte menu. Watson’s use only the finest locally-sourced ingredients, to create mouthwatering, great-value dishes.
No trip to the seaside is complete without a portion of good, old fish and chips! Conwy has its fair share of chippys but our favourite is the Galleon, located at the bottom of the High Street near the entrance to the quay. You can eat in or takeaway but we suggest you grab your chippy-tea and head for the quay, where you can sit and watch the world go by while digging in.
Amelie’s is one of Conwy’s best-kept culinary secrets. Tucked away on the first floor of a former cinema, this lovely little cafe wouldn’t be out of place in a romantic corner of Paris. Simple decor is accented with fresh flowers and shabby-chic furnishings, giving it the feel of an authentic French bistro (in fact, it was named for the classic Audrey Tatou movie of the same name). Amelie’s cook up delicious light lunches and meals, plus a tempting array of home-made cakes and sweet treats – a perfect afternoon treat with a cuppa.
With bags of character and a warm welcome, L’s promise a relaxed environment in which to grab a coffee and browse its great selection of books. Locally-sourced produce from the likes of Edward’s of Conwy (see below) and Tan Lan Bakery sit alongside an imaginative vegetarian and gluten-free menu, offering something for everyone. L’s has built up a reputation for being a very dog-friendly establishment, so it’s one to head for if you’ve got the pooches in tow!
The Albion is a must-visit for lovers of real ales and is popular with visitors and locals alike. This 1920s public house is considered one of the best pubs in Britain and has four vintage hand pulls which date back to the 1920’s that are still in use today! With a cosy snug as well as a main bar room, you’ll never be short of interesting conversation and a fantastic selection of quality beers and ciders.
This historic waterfront pub is the perfect place for a Summer’s drink. Located on Conwy’s famous quay, home to such sights as the Smallest House in Britain and the Conwy Mussels depot, drinkers can grab a beer and take in the sights in the longest beer garden in Wales! With panoramic views across the Conwy Estuary, and a packed schedule nightly events, including a quiz night and live music, it’s a great place to end a busy day of sightseeing.
Edwards of Conwy meat is so successful that you can now find it in supermarkets across Britain and gracing the TV screens of the nation with the memorable ‘Edwards of…’ adverts. Awarded ‘Britain’s Best Butcher’ several times over, this team of master butchers, sausage and pie makers pride themselves on using only the highest quality, extra-mature Welsh meat.
This wonderful deli has a commitment to supply high quality cheese and other local food items, including crackers, bread and chutneys. You’ll find the best cheese products from the local area here, along with some experimental cheeses too (try the cheese infused with Great Orme Brewery beer, yum!). With up to 42 cheeses on sale, you’ll be spoiled for choice – why not choose some and create your own take on the traditional Welsh Rarebit?