The Wales History Map Taste Tour
Cadw recently launched the brilliant Wales History Map, an interactive tool that features more than 50 historic sites under 12 fascinating themes.
1. Flint Castle - ‘Castles of Edward I’
From Romans and the Welsh Princes to Wales’ origins and its industrial heritage, there’s never been an easier way to explore Wales’s incredible history.
We all know that hearty food always tops the list after a long day of rural sightseeing so Cadw has come up with the ‘Wales History Map Taste Tour’ – a comprehensive list of 12 great restaurants to visit while ticking off sites on their new map. With a recommended eatery for each of the 12 themes on the Map, read on if you’re hungry for a day out in Wales…
Flint Castle by Flint Castle
The Mill Tavern
2. Hay Castle - ‘Lords of the Border March’
Exploring Edward’s Welsh castles can be thirsty work, so it’s fortunate that Flint’s Mill Tavern is the perfect place to enjoy a pub lunch. It’s worth taking more than a pit stop at this modern gastropub though - its renowned steaks are anything but ‘run-of-the-Mill’.
Hay Castle by Paul Smith
The Old Electric Shop
3. Cardigan Castle - ‘Princes of Deheubarth’
A quirky emporium that’s a short walk from the historic castle, Hay’s Old Electric Shop is a haven for hungry vegetarian and vegan explorers. Weary walkers can enjoy hearty soups, baked sweets and savoury treats in an eclectic space that’s embellished with vintage bric-a-brac and fashionable furnishings.
The Old Electric Shop by The Old Electric Shop
Cardigan Castle by Owen Howells
4. Great Orme - ‘Origins and prehistory of Wales’
Hungry visitors to Cardigan Castle needn't hunt for a high-quality restaurant — there's one within the castle's grounds. Created as part of an extensive redevelopment project, the 1176 restaurant offers a modern dining experience with panoramic views over the River Teifi.
1176 by 1176
Great Orme Mines by Great Orme Mines
5. Aberystwyth Castle - ‘Owain Glyndŵr’
A classic French bistro in the heart of Llandudno, Le Gatte has something for everyone — from luscious light bites and sandwiches to classic cakes and coffees.
Le Gatte by Le Gatte
6. Criccieth Castle - ‘Princes of Gwynedd’
This award-winning Aberystwyth restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy local produce after exploring the stunning castle. Cymru’s culinary classic ‘Welsh rarebit’ comes topped with a Birchgrove free-range poached egg, while the lobster is fresh from Cardigan Bay.
Gwesty Cymru by Gwesty Cymru
Criccieth Castle by Criccieth Castle
7. Big Pit / Blaenavon Ironworks - ‘Wales: First industrial nation’
A small, family-run restaurant, Poachers offers a warm welcome and a variety of mouth-watering dishes made from local ingredients. It’s the perfect place to round off a day of exploration with a magical main course — from Welsh black sirloin steak to sautéed hake.
Poachers by Poachers
Blaenavon Ironworks by Blaenavon Ironworks
Butterflies Bar and Kitchen
8. Laugharne Castle - ‘Artistic Response to the Landscape’
Generous portions are the order of the day at Butterflies Bar and Kitchen, an eclectic gastropub situated right in the heart of Blaenavon. Choose between two equally chic dining spaces and enjoy an imaginative mix of traditional homemade classics and à la carte dishes.
Butterflies by Butterflies
Laugharne Castle by Laugharne Castle
9. Pembroke Dock - ‘Defence of the Realm’
Does lunch in Laugharne get better than the Ferryman? This new addition to the seaside town offers hungry visitors a selection of high-quality light bites and refreshments. Perfect after an afternoon of exploring Laugharne Castle.
The Ferryman, Laugharne by The Ferryman, Laugharne
Across the bridge from Pembroke Dock, nestled in Neyland Yacht Haven, is The Bar — a first-floor restaurant with stunning views over the marina.
10. Chepstow Castle - ‘Lords of the Southern March’
Chepstow Castle by Chepstow Castle
Beveridge & Co
11. Tabernacle Chapel - ‘Chapels, churches and monastic landscapes of Wales’
This award-winning takeout is actually a great place for a break and a light bite and it's fast becoming a Chepstow institution. Alongside classic cuppas and coffees, visitors can enjoy bubble teas in a range of flavours, from banana to honeydew.
Beveridge Co courtyard by Beveridge & Co
12. Caerleon Roman Fortress - ‘Roman conquest and settlement of Wales’
A gastropub that’s crying out to be called ‘Great’, The Brit offers a varied selection of meals and light bites in a quirky, vintage setting. Visitors can enjoy everything from high tea to a homemade curry.
The Brit Pub Cwmavon by The Brit Pub
Caerleon Amphitheatre by Caerleon Amphitheatre
The Snug is aptly named, as it's hidden away in the grounds of a unique Caerleon sculpture garden. It's not just the unusual location that makes it special though, as the varied menu caters to everyone — from lunchtime visitors looking for a perfect pizza to evening diners treating themselves to a candlelit dinner.
Find out more about Cadw's Wales History Map and Castles in Wales.
Note: Restaurant recommendations supplied by Cadw.