Eating Out when staying at Abercelyn Cottages

It is recommend that you book in advance, particularly for bank holiday periods, or if there is a major event taking place locally - note that some establishments may be closed in the winter and take last orders for food 8.30-9pm.

In Bala (15 minutes on foot, or no time by car):

  • Bala Spice Restaurant, 81-83 High St., Bala, LL23 7AE; Tel: 01678-521 935; Indian (Bangladesh) a la carte or set-menus, cash only, bring your own alcohol, also takeaway
  • Plas-yn-Dre (Mansion House) Restaurant, 23 High St., Bala; Tel: 01678-521 256; traditional Welsh fare, popular with Abercelyn guests, service on the quick side, last order 8.30pm-ish; dogs allowed, small car park to rear
  • White Lion Hotel Restaurant or bar-menu, High St., Bala; Tel: 01678 520314;

Just outside of Bala:

  • Gorwelion Restaurant and Café (01678 520943) also plants & gift sales; excellent home-made snacks and main meals, open every day for lunch including Sunday-lunch and some evenings for dinner; take the A494 towards Corwen as you leave Bala turn left at brown sign (LL23 7NW)
  • Caerau Uchaf Gardens, Sarnau (01678 530493), café and gardens to explore (seasonal); Sarnau is on the A494 towards Corwen, follow signs from the A494 (LL23 7LG)

With children:

  • Plas-yn-Dre Restaurant (see above) has a children’s menu
  • White Lion Hotel Restaurant (see above) has a children’s menu
  • Eagles Inn (see below) has a children's menu
  • Gorwelion Restaurant and Café (see above) has a free soft-play area & outdoor playground
  • Caerau Uchaf Gardens (see above) has an adventure play area

With dogs:

  • Plas-yn-Dre Restaurant (see above)
  • Gorwelion Restaurant and Café (see above)
  • Bryntirion Inn (in the bar) (see below)
  • Eagles Inn (in the bar) (see below)
  • Goat Inn, High Street, Bala
  • Corn Mill, Llangollen (ground floor) (see below)


  • Bala Spice Restaurant, 81-83 High St., Bala, LL23 7AE; Tel: 01678-521 935; Indian (Bangladesh specialities) set-menus, cash only,
  • Y Cwrt, 62 High St. Bala, Tel: 01678-521500 for pizzas, pasta and salads
  • Fish & chips: Y Badell Aur (35 High St. Bala) Tel: 01678-520 310; always good fish

 Inns (within 10 minutes drive):

  • Bryntirion Inn: Traditional pub with real ale near Llandderfel, Tel: 01678-530205, friendly atmosphere with real ales and freshly cooked fine foods limited choice, but good value. Dogs are allowed in the bar
  • Eagles Inn: Welsh pub in Llanuwchllyn, Tel: 01678-540 278 use produce from family-related farm


Llanelltyd (near Dolgellau, 30 minutes by car)

  • Mawddach Restaurant: Family run restaurant Tel: 01341-421752 (Llanelltyd on the Barmouth road, 30 minutes by car), stunning barn with views of the Mawddach estuary; featuring fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce from own & local farms

Dolgellau and nearby (25 minutes by car):

  • Dylanwad Da: Wine Bar and Café, Porth Marchnad, Dolgellau, LL40 1ET, Tel: 01341-422870 limited but interesting menu (tapas & light bites), specialise in wine, several accolades, wine sales from the cellar
  • Meirionnydd: Cellar restaurant, Smithfield Square, Dolgellau, Tel: 01341-422554, 17th Century cellar with granite walls and floor of huge slate slabs, formerly the county jail house. Straightforward dishes with fresh, local ingredients, where possible
  • Dolserau Hall: Victorian Country House Hotel, Brithdir, Tel: 01341-422 522; Winter Garden Restaurant: The dinner menu changes daily and uses local ingredients, including Welsh Mountain lamb, Welsh Black Beef, venison, game when in season along with fresh fish, shellfish & smoked fish, 4-course dinner £29-50, also Bistro (not evenings)

Llangollen (30 minutes by car) has several good, informal places to eat:

  • Gales Wine & Food Bar:18 Bridge Street, Llangollen, Tel: 01978-860 089;simple home cooked food using local ingredients
  • The Corn Mill: Interesting Pub, a former corn mill in a superb location overlooking the River Dee with excellent views of the Town Falls (upstream from the bridge), Dee Lane, Llangollen, Tel: 01978-869 555 – simple, classic food with an emphasis on quality and freshness of ingredients

For that special occasion (reservation essential):

  • Palé Hall Country House Hotel a grand historic house with a fine dining restaurant – open to non-residents – created in association with Michelin-star chef Michael Caines; Llandderfel (15 minutes by car) Tel: 01678 530 285; Highly recommended for a memorable evening
  • Tyddyn Llan Restaurant, numerous accolades including Michelin * & Egon Ronay ** top 25 restaurants in the UK; Recommended for a special occasion; Llandrillo (15 minutes by car) Tel: 01490-440 264;
  • Hotel Portmeirion, modern Welsh cuisine based on the best of local Welsh produce; Wonderful views of the estuary from the dining room, outstanding service, two AA Rosettes; near Penrhyndeudraeth (35 minutes by car) Tel: 01766 772440;

Further away:

  • Bistro Bermo, Barmouth (Tel: 01341 281 284) small bistro with excellent seafood
  • Bistro Betws-y-Coed, Betws-y-Coed (Tel: 01690 710328) family run traditional Welsh Bistro
  • The Plas Restaurant, High Street, Harlech (Tel: 01766 780204) panoramic view over Cardigan Bay to the Lleyn Peninsula flanked by Harlech Castle
  • Castle Cottage Restaurant, Harlech (Tel: 01766 780 479) features local & Welsh produce, winner of “Wales True Taste, Eating Out in Wales Award 2008/9” & listed in the Good Food Guide 2009
  • Brigands Inn, Mallwyd, near Dinas Mawddwy (Tel: 01650-511 999), 15th Century Coaching Inn with restaurant & bar menus, serving interesting food
  • On the Hill, Ruthin (Tel: 01824 707736), the bistro-style restaurant is housed in a 16th century building, using locally sourced and seasonal food, it's all cooked on the premises from scratch! Booking essential - its busy!

Further information in the “Abercelyn Eating-out Guide” folder, at Abercelyn Country House