A quick bite at the Castle Hotel

Situated right at the heart of Conwy, the Castle Hotel is a great stop for lunch. I particularly like the lovely variety of ‘small plates’, which are just as beautifully presented as their main meals and almost as filling. Even if you just want a quick drink and a snack after a hard day’s sightseeing, they are happy to oblige and there’s a lovely lounge to relax in. The prices are reasonable too! 

Lunch at Blas ar Fwyd Llanrwst

A trip to Blas ar Fwyd is a must. Located in the pretty market town of Llanrwst, the hub for local, Welsh produce comprises an award-winning deli and wine merchant with a sister restaurant, Amser Da, across the road. My perfect visit is stocking up on yummy local cheeses, such as Cenarth and Gorwydd at the deli, followed by a tasty seasonal menu at the restaurant. Look out for unusual tipples like Newquay Honey Mead and Taffy Apple Cider. 

Image of Caws Cenarth Cheeses.
Cheese selection at Blas ar Fwyd

A seafood supper from Conwy Mussels

Conwy Mussels, located next to the lifeboat station on the quayside, is a real find. You can buy freshly caught sustainable mussels direct from the shop but it’s well worth getting there early to have a little peak at what happens after they have been harvested. If you’re self-catering, then grab a kilo of these beauties and cook some super fresh moules for dinner. 

Hands reaching down with gloves on collecting mussels in the mud.
Mussels on the Menai Strait.
Collecting fresh mussels

Gwledd Conwy Feast gourmet festival

Time a visit to Conwy for late October and you can join in the ultimate local foodie experience. The Gwledd Conwy Feast is the largest food festival in North Wales, set in the shadow of Conwy Castle. There is no better place to get a taste of Wales as most of our major local producers exhibit, plus there are cookery demos from top chefs, activities for kids and live music. Make a weekend of it – it’s well worth it. 

food festival with castle in background.
food market with boats and water in foreground.
Gwledd Conwy Feast festival

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