Blas Restaurant – Twr y Felin Hotel, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales
Coast, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales
Coast is all about location. Set right on the sands of Coppet Hall Beach in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, this striking modern restaurant offers one of the best dining room panoramas in Britain. But the landscape doesn’t just look good – it’s incredibly productive. With Welsh Black beef from local farms, lobsters from Caldey Island, fish from Saundersfoot harbour, and fresh produce from the restaurant’s very own kitchen gardens, head chef Thomas Hine doesn’t have to search too far for inspiration. The sheer creativity in dishes such as mackerel with crispy oyster, cider, miso and cucumber emulsion or crab with charred sweetcorn risotto, chorizo and egg yolk is dazzling. Coast is open Wednesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner from October to March and Wednesday to Sunday from April through to September. Booking is essential for groups of five or more as tables are always in demand.
Crwst, Cardigan, Mid Wales
Specialising in brunch, Crwst is a café which also offers a full Welsh breakfast (brecwast). All baked delicacies are handmade using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Crwst food gifts can be bought on the premises to take home. Parking for coaches can be found on Bath-House Road.
Dylan's Restaurant, Criccieth, Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
This glass fronted, art deco restaurant set on the seafront has views of Criccieth Castle and the bay towards Harlech. Dylan's Restaurant specialise in local seafood dishes but have an extensive menu including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Check the website for varying seasonal opening hours and for making a booking.
Foam, Milford Haven Waterfront, South West Wales
Foam provides a unique dining experience on the seafront with panoramic views of Milford Haven Marina. The café restaurant was once a Cosalt Ship Chandler’s building, transformed into a modern venue with a glass room and outdoor seating to make the most of the view. All dietary requirements for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals can be catered for, including non-dairy, vegan and vegetarian. New for 2021 are the unique Foam Domes. Each dome accommodates six guests. With a sunset terrace, outdoor bar, fire pits and entertainment to enjoy, guests can also book premium grazing packages. Advanced booking is essential.
Grub Kitchen, Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales
For a different experience then a visit to Bug Farm’s Grub Kitchen is a must. Although their main sell is edible insect dishes, they also provide other food too, including vegetarian and vegan options. Their ethos is to provide local food which is sustainable, freshly cooked and well flavoured. Tailor made group tours of the Bug Farm can also be arranged in advance.
Lunch is served between 12 and 2:30pm however, refreshments and cakes are available all day. Is it advisable that tables are booked in advance.
Not to be missed: The Grub Kitchen taster experience which includes a brief talk on entomophagy, (eating insects) and the chance to taste edible insects and insect products.
Harbourmaster, Aberaeron, Mid Wales
Your clients can’t miss the Harbourmaster. Even in a town famous for its brightly coloured houses clustered around an historic quayside, this chic boutique hotel stands out like a midnight blue beacon. In both the lively bar and smart harbour-facing restaurant, the emphasis is on good fresh local food. Enjoy Welsh rarebit with Penlan bacon on sourdough toast for breakfast, bar snacks like crispy cockles with chilli vinegar or salt and pepper squid, the legendary seafood risotto. Or sample refined dinner courses such as Cefn Gwyn Farm wild duck breast with burnt apple, blackberries and hazelnuts. The supremely stylish Harbourmaster is open every day from 8am for groups of up to 12.
Not to be missed: The crystal-clear craft ale from local brewers such as Mantle or Purple Moose - best enjoyed opposite the lobster boats bobbing in the harbour.
Hotel Portmeirion, North Wales
At the heart of the surreal sub-tropical village of Portmeirion created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis is one of the world’s most iconic hotels. Your clients can sit in the magnificent curved dining room at Hotel Portmeirion and look out over the same estuary views enjoyed by famous writers HG Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and Noël Coward. Be that as it may, head chef Mark Threadgill isn’t content to rest on past glories. With dishes such as roast sirloin of Welsh beef with hay-smoked carrot, or Welsh lamb tagine with harissa chickpeas, he’s constantly developing exciting new twists on local classics. The restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Not to be missed: Afternoon tea in the hotel’s new tea emporium. Delight in a choice of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, cakes, tarts, and fancies – and a pot of something special such as the floral Chinese oolong tea, Ti Kuan Yin.
Plas Glyn y Weddw café, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
Clients can enjoy an afternoon tea or light lunch using locally sourced fresh ingredients at the award winning Plas Glyn y Weddw café. Housed in an art gallery and providing stunning views over Cardigan Bay, the unique setting allows visitors to explore the art collections and exhibitions at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw or watch a show during the summer months in the John Andrews Theatre.
Salt Marsh Kitchen, Tywyn, Gwynedd, North Wales
The restaurant bistro was highly commended in the 2019 Welsh Food Awards. Salt Marsh Kitchen serves a wide menu from selected local produce including fish from the Cardigan Bay. There are spaces for coaches only along Marine Parade.
Teifi Waterside Hotel, Poppit Sands, Cardigan, Mid Wales
The Teifi Waterside Hotel is set directly on the banks of the River Teifi giving spectacular views of the Welsh coast. A selection of menus are available throughout the day from the incorporated Webley Bar and Restaurant. Food is sourced from local farmers and markets which can be enjoyed from inside the restaurant or in the beer garden and on the patio. There is an onsite car park for smaller vehicles, otherwise parking can be found at Poppit Sands car park, one minute away.
Whitehall, Pwllheli, Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
A family owned business, Whitehall is a coastal town gastro pub with a Welsh atmosphere situated in the heart of Pwllheli. The Grade II listed building dating back to 1818, was renovated in 2010. Fresh local ingredients are used where available depending on season and the menu offers gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.
The Worm's Head Hotel, Rhossili, Gower, South West Wales
Worm’s Head is a tidal island off Rhossili Bay on Gower, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – often voted by travellers among the top 10 beaches in the world. The Worm's Head Hotel commands sweeping views of its eponymous spectacle from its Helvetia bar and restaurant. The specials board changes with the season to showcase unique local delicacies such as Penclawdd cockles and laverbread (a seaweed known as “the Welshman’s caviar”), Burry Port mussels, and Gower salt marsh lamb. After their meal, your clients can unwind with a glass of Penderyn - a Welsh whisky that’s one of the smoothest in the world - and take in a little more of that incredible view. There is no parking at the hotel but there is a payable National Trust car park nearby suitable for coaches.
Not to be missed: The walk across a rocky causeway to Worm’s Head, accessible with care for just five hours a day.