Rhyl is an amazing place to discover full of history and things to do, as we’ve talked about before. But after a day of exploring everything the seaside town has to offer, where should you go when you want something great to eat? We at Lyons wanted to share our five favourite places to go out for a meal in the evenings.
Barratt’s of Tyn Rhyl
Barratts at Ty’n Rhyl is a renowned restaurant based in a beautiful period country house in Rhyl. Just a short walk away from the town centre, the house itself is full of character from its old oak panelling, double gable roof, and furnishings dating back to the 17th century. The carved wooden fireplace is even said to have once in part belonged to Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The restaurant is maintained to the highest possible standards by its two owners, award-winning chef David Barratt and his wife, Elvira.
The restaurant is one of the best of high cuisine in the Rhyl area. Every dish is prepared with style and flavour, and that quality is matched by the beautiful décor and the excellent service. Food is all home prepared and locally sourced where possible, from freshly caught on-the-line fish to juicy steak cooked to perfection. Leave your diets at home and try some of the best food Rhyl has to offer.
Go any day of the week for breathtakingly good food, or once a month they hold a cooking class for aspiring chefs of all skills as well as regular special events like cheese or wine evenings.
Java Square Coffee Co.
Slightly outside of Rhyl, the Java Square Café & Bistro was recently voted North Wales Café Bistro of the Year 2018, so it would be a shame to miss them from the list. Located in the heart of the small historical village of Rhuddlan, the town is famous for being the location of the signing of the metonymous Statute of Rhuddlan, which first formed the principality of Wales as part of the United Kingdom.
The café offers boutique-style high-quality dining with both an indoor and outdoor area. The interior is contemporarily decorated with beautiful wood and slate with local artwork populating its walls.
A favourite amongst locals, the restaurant dishes up a brilliant array of handmade cakes and locally sourced food, as well as a vast array of distinct delectable gins and an afternoon tea selection. Our personal favourite, however, is the ever-changing tapas inspired platters menu which takes influences from all over the globe to come up with fantastic food to try.
The Bistro is a wonderful restaurant in the middle of Rhyl that specialises in locally sourced food. With a changing monthly menu selected by owner and head chef Chris Lloyd, the food takes inspiration from the North Wales coastline along which the Bistro is located.
From the top floor of a historically rich waterfront building, the Bistro boasts a magnificent view. Inside, the warm ambience makes you quickly feel at ease as you sit back and relax as the fantastic staff provide you with high-quality service. The food is served in generous portions and stuffed full of mouthwatering flavours.
The Bistro is open from six to half-past nine Tuesdays to Saturday evenings, and from noon to three for Sunday lunch.
The Town Fryer
A small shop offering an eat-in service, The Town Fryer has been a well-established favourite for a long time in the coastal town. There’s a good reason why the fish and chip shop gets busy in peak times – their freshly cooked fish & chips are some of the best around, serving large portions that are perfect for a quick dinner with the family.
The owners have mastered the art of making crispy cod and crinkly chips and serve this traditional seaside food with fantastic service. From their delicious haddock to curry sauce, The Town Fryer has absolutely nailed every aspect of what makes us love Fish and Chips, so if you are in the area definitely give them a try!
1891 is situated on the first floor of the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre and offers a fabulous dining experience in relaxed and pleasant surroundings overlooking the North Wales coast, across to Snowdonia and beyond.
The name was chosen to pay homage to the first Pavilion built in the town, but destroyed in a fire in 1901. The current Pavilion was rebuilt in 1991 to home the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre, which seats over a thousand people.
The venue has a wonderful contemporary style coupled with references to the local community from which the bar gets inspiration for a number of its meals. A few dishes are even named after local landmarks! The head chef, Aaron Broster, prides himself on sourcing all the dishes key ingredients from within a 30-mile radius of the restaurant itself. For good quality food and a gorgeous view, 1891 is a great choice.
If you are staying nearby in our Rhyl Caravan Park or are just in the area, make sure you try at least one of these fabulous eateries on our list. Let us know if you enjoyed your experience in these restaurants as much as we did by getting in touch on our social media channels – we’d love to hear from you!