North Wales offers gourmet dining at award winning restaurants led by talented chefs. With an emphasis on locally produced ingredients, tasty traditional Welsh cuisine and dishes with a modern twist all on the menu. The region offers unique yet diverse scenery, and views of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the Llŷn Peninsula and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley and Snowdonia National Park.
Try a unique food experience at the Michelin star and four AA rosettes restaurant Sosban & The Old Butchers in Menai Bridge. It caters for just 14 diners and is run by Chef Stephen Stevens and his wife Bethan. The seven course tasting menu changes regularly to include ingredients the owners’ source by foraging and buying local produce such as mussels, lamb and field mushrooms. The extensive wine list has something to complement each course. Combine this evening dining experience with a day on the water and a breath-taking RibRide experience!
The Marram Grass at Newborough led by Ellis Barrie uses produce from their Fat Pig Farm over the road, the ingredients are sourced from around Anglesey and all over Wales. It offers three amazing dining experiences: ‘Capricious’ showcases whatever its local producers recommend that day; ‘Cegin’ offers surprise dishes developed and refined in house; and ‘Shebang’ (the whole) features the very best and showcases flavours and textures. A cookery school housed in the 'Stiwdio' can be booked for a culinary class or for private dining.
Château Rhianfa offers breath taking views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia from its award winning dining room ‘Le Dragon Rouge’. The gourmet dishes on its seasonal menus are inspired by fantastic local ingredients sourced in Anglesey and across North Wales. The château is also an award winning events venue, able to cater for up to 120 delegates. Bespoke activities can be arranged on site or try one of the adventure activities available locally such as walking the Wales Coast Path, paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking.
Portmeirion Hotel and Village is located on a peninsula overlooked by the Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy a fine dining experience at the two AA rosette Art Deco restaurant with its focus on modern classics based on local produce from the region such as Welsh beef, local fish and artisan cheeses. It is an ideal venue for corporate events and the range of conference rooms are suitable for executive board meetings, training seminars, conferences or workshops from 10 up to 150. Nearby, try team building and incentive activities with Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway such as tailor made workshops and chartering a private carriage for a special incentive experience.
Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias located on the seafront in Colwyn Bay led by one of Britain’s best Chefs Bryn Williams, was the AA Restaurant of the year in Wales for 2019-2020. It has also retained the ‘Bib Gourmand’ award by Michelin for a second year for their "exceptionally good food". The Bistro style menu is full of local Welsh produce, particularly seafood, as well as meat and vegetarian dishes. This big open space has a relaxed atmosphere and visitors can watch the chefs’ work in the open kitchen where they turn seasonal ingredients into extraordinary food.
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa in Llandudno is a 17th century National Trust manor house run as a luxury hotel with formal gardens. Enjoy fine dining in the four AA Rosette restaurant that serves local fish and Welsh lamb, or treat yourself to a Welsh afternoon tea; it’s rated one of the top ten in the UK by The Times. The hotel offers executive services for corporate and business hire, so management away days, meetings and seminars can all take place on the stunning estate with ease. There is also a spa and leisure activities to help delegates unwind.
Palé Hall near Bala is an AA Five Red Star, Relais & Chateaux luxury house hotel with a three rosette fine dining restaurant. Ingredients from farmers, fishermen and growers in the region allow guests to enjoy some of the finest and delicious food. Palé Hall has meeting space for smaller company meetings and caters for corporate away-days, team building, and rewards programme events for up to 40. Activities available include clay pigeon shooting and archery (on site), and nearby beginners’ sailing on Bala lake, white-water rafting, high-ropes, and go-karting.
Coes Faen Spa Lodge, a bed and breakfast near Barmouth, was the Good Hotel Guide’s ‘Green Hotel of the Year' in 2020. It has six rooms each with their own spa facilities where guests can have treatments. The Coes Faen Spa Lodge can be hired for exclusive use. The 40 acres of private woodlands offers delegates the wide open space to explore and recharge making it an ideal small incentive and team building destination. Its eco credentials include its own wood and timber for heating and construction using local sheep’s wool for insulation, and all food is sourced within a 25 mile radius.
Langdons Restaurant overlooks Holyhead marina and near beautiful Newry Beach. The menu features fresh fish, Welsh beef, Welsh lamb burgers, vegetarian options and many homemade dishes. It caters for large groups and is an ideal stop after a day of team building in Anglesey or a visit to RSPB South Stack Cliffs, a reserve located on a stretch of dramatic sea cliffs on Holy Island.
Less formal options
Halen Môn Sea Salt is salt made from the wild waters of Anglesey and was awarded ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ status in 2014. Take a behind the scenes tour at Brynsiencyn and the on-site visitor centre has a café that serves light lunches, or nearby Chateau Rhianfa offer a more formal dining option. Purchase tastes from the region in the shop along with other local products and delicacies, such as Jin Môr, a gin distilled in Snowdonia using local spring water, and its star botanicals are Halen Môn sea salt and juniper.
Mickey’s Boatyard and Beach Café in Abersoch offers a glamorous location to stop, eat and relax. The menu includes vegan ice cream, smoothies, flapjacks and hot chocolate and also vegetarian dishes and juicy lamb and beef burgers sourced from local producers. Nearby Abersoch Sailing School caters for a range of corporate groups offering lessons and experiences on sailing or powerboating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and much more.
Pete’s Eats in Llanberis has a “Heartbeat Wales” award for offering its customers a range of healthy options. A great place to visit before a walk or teambuilding activity in the Snowdonia National Park, or to refuel afterwards. Soups are made from fresh produce and specials are prepared and cooked on the premises. There are also vegan and vegetarian options including homemade chips. The on site accommodation sleeps 12 and is suitable for delivering corporate training.
The food served in the café at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre near Dolgellau is locally sourced and produced. The café’s food carbon footprint is just one of the Green Initiatives the centre supports. The centre has conference and meeting facilities for up to 80 delegates, and its walking, cycling and orienteering trails are excellent team building activities.
Olif is a Welsh tapas and gin bar with six boutique rooms in Betws-y-Coed, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The menu is inspired by Spanish tapas and traditional Welsh dishes to create a menu of small plates, using locally sourced Welsh produce; local meat, fish, shellfish, cheeses, cream and milk, but the olives are Spanish! Perfectly positioned for team building and incentive adventures in the Snowdonia National Park or to the three sites at Zip World, and Adventure Parc Snowdonia.
Adventure Parc Snowdonia sources all its fresh ingredients locally. The on-site deli menu offers breakfasts, freshly-made sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, cakes, teas and coffee. In the bar and kitchen, pizzas, burgers, pastas, salads and sharing platters are offered. Spaces are available for meetings and the many activities available offer energetic thrills, including surfing on world-first inland surf lagoon and adrenaline indoors - six weatherproof adventures. The 160 room Hilton Garden Inn opening Spring 2021 will bring additional facilities for corporate events as well as fine dining and spa facilities.
Beer, wine and spirits
Pant Du vineyard and orchard located at Penygroes on the south facing slopes of the Nantlle Valley in Snowdonia was established in 2007. Its products include red, white and rosé wines as well as a range of ciders and apple juices. For an incentive experience take a guided tour with tastings, or a wine tasting evening and for large dinners or meetings there are two rooms with capacity for up to 80 delegates .
Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard produces red, white and rosé still wines and two sparkling varieties, each with their own refreshing individual style. First planted in 2012, the vineyard has grown each year to over three acres with 3000 vines. A vineyard tour and wine tasting with grazing board or cheeseboard is available for small incentives.
Red Wharf Bay Vineyard is an independent micro-vineyard situated in the Traeth Coch Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and links Wales with Andalucia in Spain. Take a tour of the vineyard and taste three wines: a white, made from the Solaris grape; a red made from the Rondo grape and finally a Crooked Field Red, a blend of the Rondo grape and Tempranillo grapes brought from Spain. The tasting is accompanied by the vineyard’s ‘Anglesey Tapas’.
Bragdy Conwy Brewery makes casks and bottled ales using the soft water that flows from the Snowdonia mountains. It offers three different tours and experiences for beer fans. The brewery tour includes a guided journey around the site followed by beer tasting. Alternatively, delegates can be a brewer for a day and join in as the team carry out their brewing duties, or try designing your own beer as a team.
Y Bragdy Mws Piws / Purple Moose Brewery is an award winning '40-Barrel' micro-brewery in the historic harbour town of Porthmadog, close the Snowdonia National Park. Brewing commenced in June 2005 with a one-off special pale ale called ‘No.1’ and now produces five beers in cask conditioned and bottled format. Take an hour-long tour of the brewing process led by one of the expert brewers which includes a free pint at Purple Moose's pub, The Australia.
Aber Falls Distillery at Abergwyngregyn, just off the A55 and near the famous Aber Falls waterfall, produce an award winning range of small batch, handcrafted gins and liqueurs using water from the Snowdonia mountains. It is the first distillery in North Wales to produce whisky and its first production will be available from 2021 following maturing. Tours enable visitors to see the production process in full and sample some of the distillery’s products. The visitor centre opening soon will also offer space for small meetings.