5 of the best watering holes in North Wales

Whether you’re sinking a pint of Purple Moose, or sipping a Penderyn, North Wales has some fine bars to prop up. Donald Strachan, co-author Frommer’s England & the Best of Wales gets them in. 

  • Chandeliers at Osborne House, Llandudno
    Osborne House, Llandudno by BeefyBrian

    This stylish boutique hotel, all lavish drapes and flouncy frills, has a lively bar for drinks with a sense of timeless elegance. Head past the large marble slab table and plop yourself down in the middle of the room, taking in a people-watching view from the huge squishy white sofas. This opulent taste of Victoriana, located right on the Promenade, is ideal for a glass of bubbly or a pint of Conwy Brewery’s award-winning Honey Fayre ale.

  • Real ale drinkers love Conwy. It’s got the walks, the history but, most of all, it’s home to the Albion Ale House – a UK first. This remarkable collaboration between four local breweries – Conwy, Great Orme, Nant & Purple Moose – has created a beautiful, friendly ‘proper pub’ with real ales on tap, great pun grub and a real enthusiasm for craft ales. Let’s raise a glass to that! 

  • Exterior of the Cottage Loaf, Llandudno
    The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno by Garstonian

    Book a big table at the Cottage Loaf, one of the friendliest pubs in Llandudno, for a great family meal out. The bar stocks the best range of Cask Marque ales in central Llandudno with two house ales, two guest ales and a cask cider. The menu takes in tasty pub classics, such as steak and ale pie, plus more unusual options like cider braised belly of pork, plus kids’ options, ‘natch.

  • Exterior of The Groes Inn pub, Conwy
    The Groes Inn, Conwy by davidrobertsphotography

    This traditional coaching inn, located just outside Conwy, is a real gastro haven. Pull up a chair in the restaurant, sink down on a comfy sofa or, in summer, take your drinks outside. Either way, take a moment to tantalise your tastebuds with the aroma coming from the kitchen. Try the venison pie or one of the daily specials. Look out, too, for a real ale created exclusively by Great Orme Brewery.

  • Interior of the Ye Olde Bull's Head pub in Beaumaris
    Ye Olde Bull's Head, Beaumaris, Anglesey by Visit Wales

    The historic bar at Beaumaris’ flagship hotel has been a much-loved halt for travellers to Anglesey since long before Charles Dickens dropped in for a glass of ale whilst staying at The Bull in 1859. The cosy ambiance of low ceilings and heavy oak beams, warmed by the roaring fire, remains unchanged from this day with a range of quality cask ales to complement it. For more privacy, head round the corner to the narrow-nook snug. 

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