Pick of the best local restaurants in South Snowdonia

If you’re planning a trip to the less visited Southern part of Snowdonia National Park, you may be thinking where are the best restaurants in the area? With a plethora of fantastic cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from, I promise you will be spoilt for choice staying at Snowdonia Hideaway near Tywyn, Gwynedd. Start the week with some local seasonal produce from The Salt Marsh Kitchen (01654 711949), a beautiful bright and fresh dining experience from Scott Patterson and his wife. They serve the best quality food, made from the wonderful local produce we have growing in area. Meat that has been born, bred and butchered just 3 miles from the restaurant, and fish plucked from the Cardigan Bay that morning. They pride themselves on using the very best produce to create exciting and delicious food and they don’t disappoint. From crab ravioli to some well thought out vegetarian options, this award winning bistro is not to be missed.

The Seabreeze in Aberdyfi (01654767449) offers a more formal dining experience with a focus on local beef and seafood. There’s always a catch of the day on the blackboard and some good suggestions for wine to accompany. If you’re looking for a good restaurant in Snowdonia, they will not disappoint. We had the most wonderful experience at Seabreeze for our recent wedding anniversary. The atmosphere is wonderful and the decor and layout was tastful. Staff were super friendly and helpful, I had the beef cheeks and they were so beautifully cooked and the sauce just wonderful and Aled had the fish of the day which was perfect. We have also been for an earlier family sitting at 6pm with the kids and this works well, with some mini versions of menu items for the children. We know quite a few Family friendly restaurants in Snowdonia, just ask for more information if you’re staying with us.

On the cafe/bar front, Coast Deli Dining (01654767470) in Aberdyfi is a good bet, with excellent coffee and some good local specialities and imaginative food to try. We ate an excellent lunch for the whole family there after booking in advance as Coast is justifiably popular and quite bijou! The table was ready on arrival, the service was efficient and friendly and the food portions were generous and tasty. What more could you want after a cold wet winters walk along the beach. We will certainly be back.

If you’ve walked Cadair Idris, there is a good restaurant at the base from Minfordd side, called Tyn Y Cornel. A roaring fire and lakeside views make this quite a beautiful place to either stop and drink a hot chocolate or tea outdoors, or for a more formal dining experience indoors. I tend to go wild swimming in the lake in summer and as it is owned by the hotel, I like to make them aware and pay for a drink after to warm up. It’s rather a public affair with the cars going by, but once you’re in the views are just spectacular, right up the valley towards Dolgellau.

And last but not least, one of my favourite coffee shops in Snowdonia is T H Roberts in Dolgellau, just off the main square, you don’t need to ring to book. Meg the owner and her crew always make us feel welcome, however busy, with a large range of home baked cakes and brownies, excellent coffee and herbal tea and a nice map of the world and games to entertain the kids.

If eating out isn’t your thing, we can also select a pick of local Welsh ingredients and provide recipe cards during your stay or direct you to some of the best bakers, butchers and greengrocers in the area.

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