Crashpad Lodge's gastronomic 10-mile tour
One of the many joys of living in North Wales is a very unexpected one, Food. I’ve always known Welsh lamb to be the best in the world but what I wasn’t expecting is actually how good the restaurants, cafes and takeaways would be. This foodie blog entry came about after a weekend of eating the most incredible food after a family visit to North Wales and so it is my pleasure to share below Crashpad’s favourite eating spots for your next visit to North Wales.
Within walking distance of Crashpad in the village of Llanberis the best coffee for miles around is to be found at Mafon ran by vegan cake and food expert Leah. Every week Leah and her team experiment with different recipes and occasionally hold food nights from around the world, most recently Mexico which was booked out. Follow the Mafon Instagram to find out what is cooking that day and get yourself down their early before it sells out.
The Royal Victoria
I write this after eating the most amazing seafood linguine last night. Usually seafood linguine would not be my first choice but the seafood in North Wales is amazing and knowing the Victoria sources its produce locally I had to give it a try. It was the most amazingly cooked pasta in a lovely seafood sauce with small prawns and pieces of seafood, it went perfectly with an ice-cold glass of Chardonnay. I will dream about this meal until next time. The Victoria has recently been renovated with a cosy intimate restaurant which is very relaxed with great friendly and attentive staff. It cannot be faulted. Located in Llanberis just a short journey from Crashpad Lodges.
Blue Sky Bangor
This is Crashpad Lodges go to place in Bangor for a stand out lunch. If you can get a seat you will be in for a treat, Blue Sky Café is just off the high street up an alley way located in a converted chapel. Provenance of food is a massive part of Blue Sky with locally brewed beers, fair trade teas and coffees, cheeses, eggs and meat all from their suppliers in North Wales. I have never tasted a ceasar salad quite like it and their burgers are another level.
The Bull, Menai Bridge
Travel over to Anglesey to The Bull for Sunday lunch. It’s a beautiful drive from Crashpad to Beaumaris where you will find The Bull on the High Street. I always usually opt for Welsh Lamb for Sunday lunch but last Sunday I had cod with Menai mussel’s thermidor and it was beyond anything I had ever tasted. Honestly the seafood is something else in North wales and I didn’t even consider Seafood before I moved here!
The Lobster Pot.
My favourite restaurant in North Wales. The Lobster Pot is located in Church Bay Anglesey and is a little bit of a drive to get there from Crashpad but once there you will realise why it is worth the drive. It is breath taking. Not because of the building or the interiors of The Lobster Pot but because of the most amazing view where you can literally watch the fishermen catching the lobsters and bringing them up to the restaurant. For starter I recommend the crab mornay (my mouth is watering thinking about this) and for main course the whole boiled lobster with garlic butter with a glass of you guessed, chilled Chardonnay. The value for money is incredible as is the service, the location and the atmosphere. Make sure to book before going as it is a local secret so you will find mostly locals and visitors who are lucky enough to have heard about it.
Penceunant Isaf (Snowdon Cafe)
Back to Llanberis and on the road to Crashpad Lodges (after the cattle grid and towards the top of the hill) you will find Penceunant Isaf (Snowdon Café). You will not find a more Welsh setting than this wonderful magical place serving the best coffee, ales and Bara Brith. The owners are absolutely delightful and even thought the cafe is small, they greet thousands of people usually with a coffee before starting Snowdon’s summit or a well-earned local ale afterwards. Make sure to visit and ask for a trademark homemade lemonade when staying at the lodges and you will not be disappointed.
Crashpad Lodges ran from Yr Helfa
Crashpad Lodges may not serve food as such but we have everything you need to let your inner chef loose. Catering for up to 18 Crashpad Lodges has a large gas oven with 6 hobs, pots, pans, plates etc.…A large outdoor BBQ and a 200 slate wine rack keeps your beer and wine cool ensuring you can make the most of the summer weather.
When staying at the lodge we can arrange for any online food order to be delivered and stocked ready for your arrival for a small extra fee. We also have connections to local suppliers of produce and local kegs of beer so just let us know in advance and we can arrange a full stocked fridge for you and your guests.
So, to end this foodie blog (which has left me feeling rather hungry), North Wales is really putting itself on the map for its incredible produce, restaurants and cafes. It’s a pleasure to live here and an even bigger pleasure to share with you our favourite foodie places and people. Enjoy and come hungry.