Looking for somewhere to eat that will welcome all the family?
There's a good variety to choose from in North Wales, whether it's a snack in a café, a pub lunch, or a dinner in one of our region's excellent restaurants.
Take a look at our recommendations below for hassle-free family dining on your holiday.
You’ll find this friendly family run café right in the middle of the pretty little harbour town of Moelfre – just a stones’ throw from the water’s edge. Ann’s Pantry only uses free-range Welsh eggs and fresh flavours in its baking; look out for towering homemade sponge cakes and fabulous scones along with a good selection of teas and coffees. The outside courtyard is lovely and a real suntrap on the right day. Well-behaved dogs are welcome outside. The café is open daily from 11am until 5pm.
The high-quality home-cooked food at the Blas Mwy café is locally sourced where possible and a real treat for all the family. Bread is made with stoneground flour from Llynnon Mill – Wales’ only working windmill – and it is absolutely delicious. Expect interesting salads, tarts, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, jacket potatoes, all-day breakfasts, Welsh rarebit and plenty of other favourites including vegetarian and children’s options. All cakes, scones and puddings – leave room for them, they’re delicious – are homemade on site. Look out for the Teisen Berffro, a shell shaped shortbread biscuit, traditionally from Aberffraw. Open daily from 10am. Last orders at 4pm.
Hooton’s is a local institution and its fans (including Gary Rhodes and the Hairy Bikers) come from far and wide for its excellent farm shop and café. Forget about counting food miles – almost all the food Hooton’s serves is home reared or homemade. It’s an informal but absolutely delicious place to have breakfast or lunch – expect a variety of hot and cold snacks and soups, wonderful sandwiches and absolutely scrumptious cakes. Hooton’s is famous for its Welsh breakfasts, Sunday roasts and summer BBQs. You can stock up your holiday larder with oven-ready meals and fresh-from-the-field seasonal veg at the farm shop. Don’t miss the asparagus in early summer. The café enjoys breath-taking views to the mountains of Snowdonia and there's an outdoor seating area for when the weather is good. Open daily 10am until 5pm. Tel. 01248 430 322
This Italian style ice cream or gelato parlour sits on the High Street right in the centre of Beaumaris. Serves fantastic ice cream which is made fresh on the premises. All sorts of wonderful Wonka-esque concoctions like Jammy Dodger, Apple Crumble and Irish Cream Cheesecake as well as the more traditional caramels and vanillas. If you’re in the mood for something savoury you’ll find sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes too. There’s limited seating inside and out, and its central town position makes it a great place for people watching if you’re lucky enough to get a seat. Queues can be long in high season.
A welcoming pub restaurant with a great atmosphere and favourite of locals and visitors alike. The menu features fresh, local produce including Welsh lamb and excellent seafood, with a separate children's menu to chose from too. There’s an extensive wine list as well as plenty of real ales and lagers to choose from. Outdoor tables mean you can enjoy wonderful views of the Menai Suspension Bridge and Snowdonia mountains in the summer, and in the cooler months you can cosy up to the log fires indoors. Tel. 01248 716888
A family-friendly café bistro which serves food all day – breakfasts, lunches, afternoon tea and evening meals. Extensive daily specials board which features local fish and seafood like moules marinière, mixed fish platter and grilled seabass. Good children’s menu and a fabulous selection of cakes – perfect for refuelling after a busy afternoon on the beach. Sunny outdoor terrace with wonderful views of the bay. The views from the window tables are pretty good too. Tel. 01248 852731
A traditional and thoroughly charming quayside inn which serves excellent food using seasonal local produce and fresh seafood. There’s extensive wine list and impressive collection of real ales, as well as a children’s menu for junior shipmates. The inn sits right on the beach front at Red Wharf Bay and has the most stunning views across the expansive sands to the low hills and forest in the distance. If the weather is right, eat outside at tables overlooking the water. And if it’s not you can cosy up to the log fires inside. Tel. 01248 852568
This inviting gastropub has the most amazing views across Rhoscolyn Bay. The menu features delicious locally reared meat and freshly caught seafood and there’s a touch of spicy eastern Mediterranean influence too. There's a separate children's menu for younger guests. A daily specials board as well as a good wine list and range of beers and lagers. The pub will welcome the whole family – including the dog (in the snug area at least) but be warned it is very popular so can get very busy. Best to book if you want a table for 8 or more. Tel. 01407 860 267
This wonderful creative arts centre and café is set amid beautiful Snowdonia landscapes in the small mountain village of Brynrefail, near Llanberis. Much of the food on offer comes from the kitchen garden, and there is an emphasis on seasonal, organic and fair trade produce. The breakfast menu is excellent with a huge variety of delicious options. For lunch, there’s a good selection of soups, sandwiches, salad platters and hot baguettes. There's a separate children's menu too. The café is licensed and has a good beer and wine menu. Last orders for everything is at 4pm. Tel. 01286 685500.
These fantastic cottages have all been hand-picked with families in mind.
You'll find everything you need for the perfect family holiday.
Home Farm Tarporley, Cheshire "This is a house for a special occasion. A much loved home perfect for a weekend reunion or special occasion; as one visitor says a 'genteel country retreat'."
Sleeps : 12
£2500 - £3000 per week
Changeover day : Fri
Pen Y Bont Pontllyfni, Snowdonia "If a guest writes 'I have just booked for next year' you know the house is just right. Of all the refurbished barns I have visited this is one of the nicest I have seen for ages."
Sleeps : 6
£430 - £955 per week
Changeover day : Fri