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Taste buddies - local produce and places to eat

Lonely Planet placed North Wales fourth in the world’s ‘Top 10’ destinations in 2017 – and one of the reasons was down to its food. ‘North Wales has also become a haunt of in-the-know foodies, so however visitors get their kicks, once they’ve worked up an appetite, they’ll also be well catered for,’ they said.

It’s not just fine dining. As well as polished cuisine at award-winning country house hotels and restaurants with rooms, you’ll enjoy good food cooked with care and passion in homely cafés, bistros and inns. No surprise, really, with such inspirational local produce on the doorstep like Welsh Black beef and lamb (mountain and the tender saltmarsh variety), super-fresh seafood straight from the fishing boat, artisan farmhouse cheeses… even local wine and beer. Read our feature on Snowdonia's Great Taste award winners

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Good Food Guide - Snowdonia' best

Quality, honesty, maximum taste and minimal food miles are the keynotes. Our bountiful local larder is used by chefs and cooks to produce everything from hearty, honest-to-goodness simple fare to imaginative, precisely flavoured dishes. We can’t possibly feature the entire menu here – but to give you a flavour here’s the 2017 Good Food Guide’s choice.

Aberdyfi: Seabreeze
‘Exposed wood and stonework and glimpses of the sea set the stage for wholesome, generous cooking. As the shelves of Welsh deli goods suggest, local fare is championed.’

Abersoch: Porth Tocyn Hotel
‘A meal in the dining room … is in old-fashioned hotelstyle but dishes are carefully done: cauliflower soup with grain mustard crème fraîche and herb oil; roast corn-fed chicken breast studded with black garlic over truffle mash with ginger-infused courgettes, baby carrots and red wine jus.’

Bangor: Blue Sky Café
‘Convivial and cosy, with big leather sofas, rustic furniture and a blazing wood-burner. Soup, sandwiches, burgers and filled ciabatta make up much of the menu, but you’ll also find… slow-cooked Welsh lamb with rosemary and garlic.’

Barmouth: Bistro Bermo
‘Things are a little more upmarket than the humble bistro tag might suggest, with crisp table linen, folded napkins and candles adding a distinguished feel … (there’s) an extensive menu of classic and modern dishes.’

Betws-y-Coed: Bistro Betws-y-Coed
‘Gerwyn Williams… mostly takes a traditional approach to the cooking, although the tradition may be as much east Asian, say deep-fried pork belly on coconut rice with coriander dressing, as closer to home.’

Dolgellau: Mawddach
‘Resourceful Welsh farmers Will and Ifan Dunn have (converted) one of their 17th-century barns into a restaurant and given their home-reared lamb a starring role on the menu… Ifan’s cooking is more contemporary than you might expect.’

Harlech: Castle Cottage
‘Glyn and Jacqueline Roberts took charge of these Grade II-listed premises back in 1989, putting Castle Cottage into the Guide’s list of longest-serving restaurants. … Seasonal game always gets a good airing on Glyn’s daily menus.’

Castle Cottage, Harlech

Llanberis: The Peak
‘“Small menu, fresh local produce” is the clarion call at this local eatery… and chef Angela Dwyer is true to her word. Expect a colourful international line-up running from Thai fishcakes… (to) rump of Welsh lamb.’
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