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English breakfast and afternoon tea. Photo: Christian Kadluba/flickrCC and Bron Eifion
English breakfast and afternoon tea. Photo: Christian Kadluba/flickrCC and Bron Eifion

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Good eating in North Wales

The food in Wales can be, well, British, and it can be excellent.

You do not have to go far to find a shop that will serve you a chip butty (a closed bun filled with fries), but even less far to find a cozy gastropub, where you can enjoy sumptuous Welsh lamb, afternoon tea, and Yorkshire puddings that will make your mouth water.

One of the must-eats in Wales is a full cooked breakfast, which every self-respecting hotel has on the menu. If you want to go the whole hog on local food, you need to order a full Welsh breakfast, which, in addition to bacon, eggs, toast, and sausage, also comes with cockles and laverbread (small fried bread with boiled seaweed) as standard.

You can also enjoy sinking your teeth into some fish and chips with mushy peas, washed down with a beer, and savor the taste of some amazing free-range Welsh lamb.

Finally, you can’t leave Wales without enjoying a traditional Welsh cream tea with scones, jam, and lots of clotted cream! Yum! Here are three surefire winners:

The Corn Mill 

The old mill in Llangollen is right next to the River Dee and has been transformed into a charming gastropub spread over several floors. Photo: The Corn Mill

The old mill in Llangollen is right next to the River Dee and has been transformed into a charming gastropub spread over several floors. The menu is incredibly varied, with everything from lamb shank through halloumi to Thai salads. Everything is of high quality and tastes just right. Save room for dessert and go for the sticky toffee pudding. You will hear angels sing.

Dee Lane, Llangollen
http://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/cornmill/homepage/

The West Arms

The West Arms is one of those places you’ve always dreamed of finding. Photo: West Arms

The West Arms is one of those places you’ve always dreamed of finding. There’s a real fire in the fireplace, Chesterfield furniture, atmosphere in every corner, and really good food. The house was built in 1570 and has served as a tavern and hotel since the 17th century. Proud holder of a Certificate of Excellence, not least because of its slow-braised lamb shank.

Llanarmon Dyffryn-Ceiriog, Wrexham 
thewestarms.com

Bryn Tyrch Inn

Bryn Tych Inn serves both afternoon tea and dinner.

A little gem of a boutique hotel and pub in Snowdonia that holds a Certificate of Excellence. Warm and friendly service and really delicious food. Come for afternoon tea with scones, cucumber sandwiches, and a small tower of cakes – then come back in the evening for a dinner you will never forget.

Bryn Tyrch Inn
, Capel Curig
, Conwy

www.bryntyrchinn.co.uk

 

Text: Lise Hannibal

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