As the summer holidays draw close to an end, some of you will be making use of your last week of freedom with a family break to North Wales. Our Lyons Holiday Parks have everything you need to accommodate your stay and will endeavour to make your holiday everything you dream it to be and more. When you’re making use of some of the fantastic activities, beaches and points of interest North Wales has to offer; you may need nothing more than some hearty pub grub to end your day. That’s why we’ve listed some of our favourite, family-friendly pubs within the area for you to check out during your time in Wales:
The Kimmel Arms
The Kimmel Arms in St George is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion during your family break in North Wales. They serve delicious, locally-sourced food and pride themselves on the quality of the fresh meat and fish they use in their meals. The lunchtime menu takes on more of a brasserie style, whereas the evening A La Carte menu takes on more of an occasion atmosphere; whenever you dine, great food is guaranteed! The chef is truly talented when it comes to the curation of food, and says himself that he is obsessed with food; “For me, there is only food! It’s my comfort blanket and my obsession” – you couldn’t be in safer hands!
The Cottage Loaf
‘The Loaf’ as it is affectionately known as by the locals has everything you could possibly want from a traditional pub in Wales and more. Hidden away down a little back street in Llandudno, the pub’s charm and quirkiness are unparalleled, and it’s a must-visit during your time in North Wales. The interior is traditional, with wooden beams, old heavy furniture, open fires and great cask ales, but the food benefits from forward-thinking recipes and is always served with a smile. The homemade menu is locally-sourced whenever possible, with the meat coming from the butchers just next door – it doesn’t get any fresher than that! There’s even a pub garden for those, albeit brief, moments of sun that crop up in this part of the country. If you’re exploring Llandudno and fancy an authentic taste of the local area, head to the Loaf! There really is nothing like a traditional Welsh pub lunch.
The Swan Inn
The Swan Inn in Pontfadog is the perfect family-friendly pub, with a fantastic and varied menu for both adults and children, and even the fussiest of eaters. The pub serves traditional Welsh pub food, and the people behind the bar are an asset to the establishment. The landlords are relatively new, and yet already they have created an incredibly friendly atmosphere with both locals and visitors alike. If you find yourself in the Pontfadog area, perhaps on your way to one of the Lyons Holiday Parks, then be sure to pop by for a spot of lunch! There are also lots of beautiful walks in the area nearby, as well as some interesting history about the local tramway.
The Old Ship
They say you can tell the quality of a pub by how the locals feel about it, and The Old Ship certainly ticks all the boxes in that respect. It has become somewhat of a meeting point for locals thanks to its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and convenient location in the heart of the village of Trefriw. There are two designated family-friendly areas for dining, meaning you can relax if your kids are, well, being kids! The food served utilises locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible, with the shoulder of lamb and Maralyn’s sausages from the butchers across the road being standout options! This is the ideal spot for some dinner after exploring the Snowdonia National Park, as it sits right on the outskirts, and will accommodate any hungry bellies after a full day’s adventuring.
The Queens Head
Located in one of the most idyllic villages in the UK, The Queens Head is a fine pub boasting delicious food, tasty wines and a remarkable amount of welcome and character. The establishment benefits from passionate and dedicated chefs who embrace local produce and the friendliness of front of house staff means that the warmest of welcomes is all but guaranteed. The pub has recently been refurbished to a high standard and modernised without losing the feel of a traditional Welsh pub. There is also a cosy snug, ideal for some post-walk drinks after a long day of exploring the local area. When days are colder, a fire can be lit to warm you up from the inside, out.
So, next time you’re in Wales, check out these fantastic pubs and let us know what you think! If you fall in love with the area (and we’re pretty sure that you will), check out our Wales holiday homes for sale so you can tick off these pubs one by one! Do you have any pubs you’d like to recommend to fellow Lyons holidayers? Let us know via our social media channels!