Cold hands, rosy cheeks and your breath dancing on the winter air as you stroll with family and friends through the beautiful North Wales scenery. What better way to finish off a memorable day than by relaxing beside a roaring fire with a glass or two of your favourite tipple as the autumnal twilight wanes? Visitors to our holiday cottages North Wales know we love to share our knowledge of the local area and we think there’s nothing more magical than an open fire on a cold Welsh evening set in cosy surroundings with fantastic service.
From small town to remote countryside and from gastro to pub-grub, we’ve searched the region for our favourite pubs with cosy log fires, many within walking distance of our holiday cottages North Wales.
Our Top 8 cosy pubs near our holiday cottages North Wales
If you want some history as you shake off the cold you should visit one of the best pubs in North Wales. The Queen’s Head has olde worlde charm with an open fire and an atmospheric snug. It’s a terrific dining destination, too, with local, in-season produce prominently featured on the extensive menu. It’s just minutes from the beaches at Llandudno and Rhos-on-Sea and yet has a quiet country setting. If any pub encapsulates all that’s great about North Wales, The Queen’s Head is it!
Quaint and homely meets modern in this popular watering hole, hidden away from the bustling crowds in the very heart of Llandudno. An open fire, wooden beams, local ales and antique furniture transport you to days-gone-by with a charming atmosphere you won’t want to leave. The Loaf, as it is affectionately known, has featured as Pub of the Year a number of times and can be found in the ‘Good Beer Guide’ and the ‘AA Pub Guide’.
Do you like rustic, scenic, intimate settings for a memorable afternoon or evening of good food and great company? Of course you do, you came to our holiday cottages North Wales! The historic Groes Inn sits in a truly stunning location around 10 minutes drive from the walled-town of Conwy. The interior is every bit as welcoming as the view from the door; like a warm hug from an old friend. With several areas, including a snug, cosy bar and a formal dining room the Groes Inn makes an ideal venue for many different occasions. Shake off your muddy boots or get your glad rags on and come on in.
Situated in the old mill town of Trefriw (famous for its textiles) in the shadow of the Snowdonia National Park, The Old Ship is a community pub that greets visitors and locals alike with a warm smile, a hearty menu and a good range of local cask ales. After an adventure in the incredible surrounding landscape (Trefriw’s also famous for its walking), this little gem is the ideal place to toast your feet before returning to your holiday cottages North Wales.
Set in picturesque Welsh countryside and boasting luxurious leather sofas from which to enjoy the view while you relax beside the log fire; The White Lion really does offer the best of both worlds. Purportedly, the White Lion is the oldest inn in Wales, dating back to 8th century when it quenched the thirst of the monks of the nearby St Elian’s Church. The monks have long since gone but The White Lion is still the beating heart of the village, serving up hearty pub lunches with lashings of live music every week. A must for anyone visiting the Colwyn Bay area.
Situated in the tiny village of Llangernyw, The Old Stag is around 30 minutes from Betws-y-Coed and Conwy, and within easy reach of several of our holiday cottages North Wales along the coast and Conwy Valley. This atmospheric pub feels almost magical, with dark wood paneling and low ceilings hung with hundreds of quirky nicknacks and novelties. Venture further inside, through lopsided doorways and across uneven floors, and you can almost feel yourself walking back in time. It’s a fascinating place that wouldn’t look out of place in a Harry Potter movie – but ‘Muggles’ are most definitely welcome!
Situated on the North East coast of Anglesey, The Ship Inn boasts the enviable panorama of Red Wharf Bay. After a brisk winter stroll along the shoreline you can be certain of a genuine Welsh welcome and a hearty meal, highlights including a locally-famous Sunday Roast made with locally sourced produce. The pub also boasts 48 varieties of whisky and serves food 7 days a week (to soak up the whisky!). It’s a charming venue in a pretty spot that will have you feeling relaxed and warm in no time.
The Bull is situated in the beautiful coastal town of Beaumaris – famous for its medieval castle – and is combination of modern gastro-pub and rural community pub. Modern meets quaint somehow, the public rooms are adorned with artefacts from the past but are bright and airy. Finish the look with a roaring fire and stylish furnishings and you have a pub that effortlessly marries old and new. Top it all off with an excellent menu and a selection of local ales, and you have a very special place indeed. Needless to say, The Bull’s popularity precedes itself get there early if you want a table!
Have we whet your appetite for a visit to our holiday cottages North Wales?
Whether it’s for a swift pint, a slap-up meal or a steaming mug of hot chocolate (marshmallows optional) North Wales has so many great pubs it would be impossible to list them all here. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our favourites and that you get the chance to sample some Welsh hospitality on your next visit. For last-minute availability or to plan your next trip visit our website. Cheers!
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