South Wales – Swansea, Tenby, St Davids, Newport & Portmeirion in 8 Days

South Wales – Swansea, Tenby, St Davids, Newport & Portmeirion in 8 Days

Rhossillin Bay, Gower Peninsula

It was August 2021 and as Covid restrictions were still in place, we decided that France would be left for next year and once again, cancelled the trip to France.

As we had such a nice time in Wales, we thought it was worth going back to a different area and exploring a bit more of what Wales has to offer.

Even though Wales is just “next door” we haven’t had the opportunity to visit most of the country. A weekend trip to Cardiff a few years ago, Abergavenny (many, many years ago), and our recent trip to North Wales was all we had seen of Wales until now. We needed to fix that!

It was exciting to plan the trip and chose where to stay, which restaurants to eat and places to visit. I really enjoy all the planning, which for me, is also part of the enjoyment of a new trip.

This time we had 8 days to fill up with activities and decided to start in Swansea and the Gower Peninsula. Once again, we were blessed with good weather and not a single drop of rain.

The trip to Swansea took us about 4 hours and our route was via Coventry, Worcester, Newport, and Cardiff, arriving in Swansea at about 2 pm.

Swansea and Mumbles

The city of Flowers

Swansea is the second biggest city in Wales, but it is much nicer than the capital in our opinion. Although it is famous as a party city, it has a much quieter feel, and with so many beautiful beaches nearby, is also a much more attractive place.

It hosts the largest indoor market in Wales with about 100 stalls selling from food to bric-à- brac; however, it is a bit underwhelming and could do with a bit of a revamp to bring back the bustling atmosphere that a market should have.

Swansea is also famous for its fresh cockles, laverbread and salt marsh lamb. Not to mention the Mumbles brewery, which produces a beer made of oysters!

Swansea’s most famous person must be the poet, Dylan Thomas. His birthplace and places of interest can be visited and admired.

Swansea also hosts some interesting museums such as the Waterfront Museum, Swansea Museum, and the Dylan Thomas Centre.

Swansea is right by the sea and Swansea Bay stretches to Mumbles, a lively village with a Victorian pier at the end of the bay.

Mumbles is a continuation of Swansea and is the start of the Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB). Mumbles is also home to Oystermouth Castle, a 12th-century castle on the top of a hill overlooking Swansea Bay.

Swansea

Saturday

As we arrived a bit early to check in to our hotel, we stopped in the centre of Swansea to have a look around and get a feel for the town. Being a Saturday, lots of people were just doing what seems to be our preferred pastime: shopping.

We entered the food market and walked around Castle Square in front of the remains of the Swansea Castle; we walked down the famous Wind Road, full of bars and restaurants. We had a very good first impression of Swansea, and it seemed to be much nicer than Cardiff. Good start, but time to head to Mumbles and check-in into the Norton House Hotel.

I had a bit of a problem finding accommodation for that time of the year, and all the nice hotels and B & Bs on our budget seemed to have already been booked. I found the Norton House, but they only had 1 night at the Superior double room and the other 2 nights we would have to change to a standard twin room. As we had no better option of available accommodation, we happily took this option.

The Norton House Hotel is a big Georgian House that has been converted into a hotel. It is very well located on the first block from the beach. They did a good job of refurbishment, and the superior suite is very good. The twin room is not bad either, but we

were unfortunate to wake up in the middle of the night with a leak coming from the bathroom upstairs into our bathroom. The position of the room did not allow for a window and the room only had double doors on the ground floor. It meant we could not leave it open, so the room did not have enough ventilation, leaving a very strong smell of dampness. Breakfast was OK, but not amazing. The staff was attentive and helpful. This is as far as I can comment on the Norton House Hotel.

Superior Room at Norton House Hotel

After checking in, we went out for a walk-in front of the beach. We walked all the way to the end of the beach and to the pier. The day was lovely and sunny, and although the walk was long, it was very enjoyable.

The Pier at Mumbles Beach

It was a bit hot for Wales and the promenade was packed with families and people exercising themselves and their dogs! When we got to the end of the pier, we sat at a charming café and had a nice beer to refresh.

The Mumbles Pier is Victorian, dating from 1898, and is one of the most iconic landmarks of Swansea. It is Grade II Listed and received a full restoration, that was completed in time for the start of the new 2021 holiday season. You can visit the new Lifeboat House at the end of the pier and enjoy the beautiful views from there.

With the opening of the pier in 1898, an extension to the Railway Line was opened linking Oystermouth to the Pier Terminal. In 1807 when the tram road opened, it was the first passenger railway in the world. Initially, the trans were horse-drawn and this service lasted for over a century even with the arrival of steam-powered trains. Later, the line was electrified making it even more popular to visit the village of Mumbles for a day by the sea.

The line operated for the last time in 1960 and its closure impacted many people who used the route between Mumbles and Swansea.

The Lifeboat House

Feeling refreshed by the cold beer, we walked back to our hotel for some rest and get ready for dinner.

We also had some difficulty reserving restaurants on this trip as the best ones were fully booked well in advance. So, for tonight, we were lucky to book a restaurant in Swansea called “Truffle”; it had good reviews and there was an available table for 2 people at 7:30 PM, so I quickly reserved it to guarantee good food in a pleasant atmosphere.

“Truffle” is a family restaurant that seems to be very well regarded by the locals. People were coming and going all the time, seemingly regulars, judging by the way they interacted with the staff. When we arrived, the restaurant was full and, by the time we left, it was still full.

Although “Truffle” is a fully licensed restaurant, you are allowed to bring your own bottle if you wish, and we noticed that many people were doing just that. However, they do have a small but well-chosen wine list at affordable prices.

We ordered a bottle of wine from the wine list to accompany the very well executed food we were served. The first dinner of the holidays was a success, and we can highly recommend this enjoyable restaurant.

After dinner, we went back to our hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Sunday

After breakfast, we went back to Swansea as we had booked the Thomas Dylan House visit at 10 o’clock.

The birthplace of Dylan Thomas is a house at no 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea, SA2 0RA. He was born on the front bedroom of the house in 1914 and lived there until 1937.

Until a few years ago the house was an abandoned ex-student bedsit in need of lots of love and care. That was when Geoff Haden embarked on the journey of restoring the property to its former glory. Geoff had always been a great admirer of Dylan’s work and jumped at the opportunity to save this important historical building and bring the memory of Dylan Thomas back to life.

The house was restored back to what it was in 1914, with the same building details of the time and furniture. It was self-funded by Geoff with the help of some local craftsmen, building suppliers and antique furniture businesses. The building never received any grants or support from the Government or the Local Council, and the fact that Geoff persisted on it until the end on his own must be commended.

Nowadays the house is open to the public on certain days and times with a tour that includes details of the restoration and what life used to be at the time Dylan lived there. The house also functions as a hotel; yes, you can book it to spend a night or a few days at the property.

This is a very interesting activity to do in Swansea and you should find some time to fit this tour on your trip. It really makes the trip to Swansea worth for.

For more information, booking tours and lots of photos of the house go to their website:

https://www.dylanthomasbirthplace.com/

Thomas Dylan Birth Place

After visiting the house, we headed in the direction of the Gower Peninsula. To be more precise, Rhossilin Bay.

We parked the car and walked down the path that leads to fabulous views of the beach below. To get to the beach, you will need to go down various steps until you reach the unspoilt and sprawling beach. We didn’t go down to the beach, the views were impressive enough from the top. We took the path and had a good walk to the end of the cliff with more fabulous views.

Rhossillin Bay

At the end of the path, there is a sunflower farm that at the time was in full bloom, and many people were walking back carrying huge sunflowers with them. We did go to the farm and walked around the beautiful sunflowers. This is a different and entertaining programme if you have small kids as well.

After many photos of the sunflowers, we made our way back to the car park and where a pub, Helvetia, took proud presence facing the wonderful views. We didn’t need much persuasion to get in, and as you can imagine, the pub was very busy on a very sunny hot day, but we managed to grab ourselves an outside table and enjoyed a pint of beer and some snacks in the sun.

The Sunflower Farm

After the break, we drove back in the direction of Mumbles but stopped at the Arthur’s Stone, near the village of Reynoldston.

This is a prehistoric, Neolithic tomb dating back to 2500 BCE, and it is connected to the legend that King Arthur removed a stone from his shoe and threw it across the Swansea Bay, stopping at its final point at Cefn Bryn.

To get to the stone, you need to park the car on the side of the road and walk through a path for a few minutes.

Arthur’s Stone

After walking around and taking some photos we headed back to the car and back to our hotel for a rest.

Dinner tonight was in a Turkish restaurant called “Mediterranean” and we walked down the beach to where the restaurant was. We really enjoy Turkish food and as we could not find any other restaurant with availability in the area, this one was our best bet.

We chose various dishes and made of that a “meze” so we could sample most of what they had on offer. We also ordered a bottle of red Turkish wine, which was lovely. The food was delicious and again we had a very good dinner and left very satisfied.

Monday

Today we had the tour to Oystermouth Castle booked for 10:30 am, so after breakfast we left the hotel and walked the small distance to the castle.

At the time of our visit, we could only visit the castle if we booked the tour in advance, online, and there was a maximum of 10 people in the group.

Oystermouth Castle dates from the early 12th century and is full of history. It seats on the top of a hill with spectacular views of Mumbles and the sea. It is surprisingly well kept and well looked after to preserve this piece of Welsh history.

The tour is very informative with very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides explaining each part of the castle in detail and answering all questions from the group. It was a very enjoyable hour learning a little about its history.

Oystermouth Castle

Once the tour was over, we drove to Oxwich Bay. There are a few walks in there that seemed to be really beautiful, and we took the Oxwich Point Walk. That lasted a good two hours, passing through the woods, following the coast with beautiful views, crossing farmlands, and ending up at Oxwich village again.

The plan was to have lunch at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, but at the time we were there the restaurant was closed and we could only have a drink and some crisps on the tables outside.

View from the walk
View from the walk

After the walk and drinks, we felt quite tired but still drove to Three Cliffs Bay to walk around and take some photos. Lovely place to spend more time and stay on the beach if you have the time. We only walked a little bit and drove back to the hotel to rest.

Three Cliffs Bay

Most restaurants around Swansea are closed on Mondays, but we found a table at the “Langlands Brasserie” for the evening. This is a bit far from the beach and where we were staying, so we booked a taxi to get there as we wanted to enjoy a drink or two without having to drive back.

The place looked very nice and during the day you can seat at the terrace and enjoy the beautiful views. As it was evening and with a bit of a chilly wind, we were happy to be seated inside.

At the time, every restaurant was experiencing a shortage of staff and this one was particularly impacted. Our waitress came and left us with the menu for a long time before coming to take our order. The menu was not very exciting, and we ended up ordering a hamburger and fish and chips.

It was only later, when the food arrived, that we realised there was a board with the dishes of the day placed in a location not visible from the area where we were seated. Certainly, the waitress should have told us about it when she first came to give us the menu, but she was so busy attending so many tables by herself, that we excused her.

It was a shame because there were plenty of fresh fish dishes on the board that we would have chosen if we knew they were available. In any way, the food was OK, but nothing special or exciting to talk about. After dinner, we took another taxi back to the hotel for our last night in Mumbles.

Tenby

Tenby

After breakfast, it was time to leave Mumbles. We packed the car and off we went in the direction of Tenby.

Tenby is a beach town in the south-west part of Wales, and it took us about 1 hour and a quarter to get there from Mumbles. It is a picturesque town with fine Victorian architecture in pastel colours.

There is plenty to do there, especially in the summer months, when you can enjoy the sandy beaches and lively harbour. Besides the beaches and harbour, you can visit Caldey Island, enjoy the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, museums, St. Mary’s Church, RNLI Lifeboat Station, get scared in the Tenby Ghost Walk (these walks were suspended at the time of our visit due to some illness in the family of the organiser. Hopefully she will be back to the tour again next season) and visit the Tudor Merchant’s House. These are enough activities to fill up a couple of your days.

At the time of our visit, the town was very busy and bustling with tourists and visitors from everywhere. Again, hotels and restaurants were difficult to find and book because of the time of the year, “staycation”, and the pandemic situation still going on. I had managed to book a twin room with sea views at the Imperial Hotel and also managed to book a table at good restaurants for all nights of our stay. Certainly, all need to be booked well in advance to guarantee a good time.

Tenby

Tuesday

We arrived in Tenby too early for the check-in at the hotel and the hotel didn’t have a car park, so we had to find a public car park to park the car. There was one not very far from the hotel, so we parked there for the whole stay in Tenby as we walked everywhere and didn’t need a car in town.

We walked through the town and went to the harbour. A boat tour to Caldey Island was about to leave and we thought it was a good idea to take this opportunity and visit the island straight away. So, we joined the queue and boarded the small boat that took us to the island in about 20 minutes.

Caldey Island is a small island inhabited since the stone age. Monastic monks arrived in the 6th century and continue to inhabit the island until this date. It is a good trip to spend the whole day with the family if you have a few days in Tenby. There are walks within the island with a public beach and all the buildings of the village to visit. The main building of the island is the Abbey, built-in Italian style architecture in 1906. The Abbey is not open for public visits, only the abbey church. There is also St. David’s Church to visit on the grounds. Other buildings include the Chocolate Factory, the Perfume Shop and the island Post-office. We didn’t do the walks, we just visited the village and stayed there for a couple of hours. We bought some local chocolate to bring back home as presents and boarded the boat back to Tenby.

Abbey in Caldey Island
Public Beach in Caldey Island
View of Tenby from the Caldey Island Boat

By now it was time to check in at the hotel. We collected our suitcases from the car and went to the hotel. We were given a room on the top floor and on the way to the room we already realised that the place was a dump and in need of a full refurbishment.

Arriving in the room we had confirmation that this was the worse place we had stayed in all our trips so far. We had paid good money for that, and it was already difficult to find this one, so we just had to accept it as it was going to be very difficult to find another place at such short notice.

The room was very old and everything in there had seen better days, but the beds were clean, and we thought that although not worth the money, we could not face the idea of asking to be moved to another room. We just relaxed for a few hours before getting ready for our first dinner in Tenby.

Entrance to Imperial Hotel
Our sea view and our constant visitor

We booked the “Bay Tree” in the centre of town. It had good reviews and the menu looked very exciting. We were not disappointed; the food was excellent and the service very efficient.

I had the King Prawns tossed in garlic and citrus butter and my husband had the bass fillet grilled with pesto and herbs. After dinner, we walked around town and discovered a brewery down a narrow street off the main road. It was called Habwr Brewery and It had tables outside on the street, so we decided to seat down to try some of the local beers. Some of their beers had names of local fishing boats such as North Star, Caldey Lollipop, M. V. Enterprise among others. We thought it was a very interesting idea and shows a bit of consideration for the local community. The beers were quite good, and we bought some to bring back to one of our friends. The brewery also has live music on certain nights, not on that evening though …

Habwr Brewery

Wednesday

Today after breakfast (which was not too bad to our surprise) we went to explore Tenby on foot.

We walked through town and went to the North, South, and Castle Beach. We walked around Tenby Castle and to the old and new Lifeboat Stations admiring the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian buildings around town. Plenty of opportunities for picturesque photos.

We then looked through the shops in the old town and passed through the Five Arches Gate. We wanted to visit the Tudor Merchant’s House, but it was closed at the time due to Covid, so we only saw the building from the outside.

Another nice building to see is the restaurant “Plantagenet House”. We tried to book a table there, but the restaurant was temporarily closed due to a lack of staff. This is a historic building and believed to be the Tenby’s oldest house, possibly from the 10th Century.

It was a shame we could not see the building from the inside, but hopefully, they will resolve the staff issues for the next summer season and will open again. Tenby is certainly a very attractive town to spend a few days on holiday, but try to book a better hotel!

Five Arches
Castle Beach
Plantagenet House
Tudor Merchant’s House
Tenby Old Boat House
New Boat House

After that, we decided to take the car and drive to the famous Green Bridge.

The views were incredible, and we took lots of impressive photos. While there, we walked to The Cauldron as well, another part of the cliffs looking like, funnily enough, a cauldron.

After exploring the whole area, we took the car and drove to St. Govan’s Chapel not far from there.

The chapel was built on the side of the cliff and access is via many steps to go down to the chapel and to come back. That was the hiding place for St Govan when he escaped pirates on the 5th or 6th century. You can read about the whole story here:

https://www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/about-the-national-park/culture-and- heritage/land-of-legends/st-govans-chapel/

Green Bridge
The Cauldron
St Govan’s Chapel

After exploring the area, on the way back to Tenby we stopped to visit Carew Castle.

This castle can be explored by yourself or on a guided tour, however, at the time of our visit, tours were not running.

It is a mixture of Norman and Elizabethan constructions in a beautiful location. The castle is set on 23 acres of land and has a Tidal Mill on site. The Mill is also open for visitation and you can see the journey the wheat had to travel to get to the tables as a loaf of bread.

It is a very interesting day out especially if you have kids. They accept dogs everywhere in the castle except in the café.

When we finished exploring the castle and the mill, it was already late in the afternoon, and we drove back to Tenby in time for a shower and popping out again for dinner.

Carew Castle
The Mill at Carew Castle

Dinner tonight was at “The Stables” restaurant, which is located under the walls of the town, and is very small. The owners are a couple; the lady is the chef working in the kitchen and the gentleman is the barman and front of house person, managing the drinks, the bills and talking to the diners. He was a very chatty and friendly man who made you feel very comfortable and welcome. The food was also pretty good, and we completely enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere of this typical restaurant.

Thursday

After breakfast, we checked out of the Imperial Hotel. While checking out I took the opportunity to tell the receptionist that the hotel was far from what was advertised and in a very bad state of repair, way below our expectations. It needed a full refurbishment urgently and I was not going to leave very good reviews. She informed me that the hotel has just been bought by a chain of hotels and would go through a full refurbishment after the summer season finishes. If you want to stay there, check before booking.

It was time to move on and we continued with our trip in the direction of the famous St. Davids.

St. Davids is located to the north of Tenby and above Haverfordwest, on the west side coast, but still in Pembrokeshire. It is known as the smallest city in Britain because of the magnificent Cathedral built in the 12th century. This is an iconic site, and you can learn the history of St David’s origins.

There are also other places to visit, such as the Oriel y Parc Galleries, and The Bishop’s Palace. We only visited the Cathedral as the other areas were closed at the time of our visit.

We spent a good two hours there and after that decided to carry on with our trip. If you have time, you can take the boat trip to the islands of Ramsey, Grassholm, Skomer and Skokholm, where apparently you can get very close to the sea life.

St Davids Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral

We drove up north, passing through the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon was formed when an old quarry that was active in that place many years ago was blasted to form an entrance to allow the sea to get in. The blue colour of the water reflects the slates on the site.

Again, with time, you can do a long walk exploring the quarry area and beyond, but for us, it was enough to see the Blue Lagoon and we just carried on to our next stop in Newport (the small one in Pembrokeshire, not the big one near Cardiff).

The Blue Lagoon

Newport is a very small town on the north-west coast. They say that Newport receives 16.6 hours of daylight in the summer, so ideal if you want to spend a few days relaxing on the beach looking at the Irish Sea while the sunsets.

Our hotel was nearby, but it was a bit too early for check-in and a bit late for lunch. We found a café in town that was still serving lunch, so we just had something to eat and pass the time before going to Llwyngwair Manor, our hotel for the next two nights.

Llwyngwair Manor is a refurbished Manor House converted into a hotel about 2 miles from Newport. The site is also a caravan and mobile home park and is very large, with about 55 acres of land.

The room was comfortable, clean, and relatively new. The communal areas of the hotel could do with a revamp, but still of acceptable standards. At the time of our visit, only breakfast was being served on site. I’m not sure if they never serve other meals or if it was because of the lack of staff and the Covid situation that the restaurant was not operating in full.

We had a bit of a rest before going out again for dinner.

We went for dinner at The Golden Lion, a pub in Newport. They are also a hotel, but it was full for the dates we were there.

The food was surprisingly good to be pub food being more akin to gastropub fare than the usual pub grub. They have the daily specials on the blackboard and a regular menu, all based on seasonal local produce. It was an enjoyable meal and evening.

Friday

Breakfast at the hotel was good and after that, we left for our day’s explorations.

The first point of the stop was Cwn-yr-Eglys, which is a small hamlet between Fishguard and Newport with access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

There is a small beach and the ruins of St Brynach’s church, which was lost to the sea after a great storm in 1859. It is a seaside award beach good for swimming and snorkelling.

St Brynach’s Church

After walking around and taking some photos we headed to Pentre Ifan, a burial stone chamber from the Neolithic times.

The stones are the Pembrokeshire bluestones, the same that was used on the making of Stonehenge. This is a free monument open to the public and there is no need to pre-book a visit.

Pentre Ifan

After visiting Pentre Ifan we decided to drive to Cardigan.

We had lunch at a café in the town centre and walked around town and visited Cardigan Castle nearby.

Only the walls and remains of the original castle can be seen today. There are 900 years of history on this site, and you can learn a bit of it in the exhibitions permanently shown on the castle or with the tour guides. You can learn from the start of the castle to the last owner of it, who lived in the Georgian house built on the site until she died.

The house was in a derelict state of repair since 1940 and was brought to life again with a full restoration funded by the Heritage Lottery Funding and European Grants in 2015. The castle has beautiful gardens that are Grade II Listed and a very good restaurant with stunning views in a contemporary design building.

Georgian House at Cardigan Castle

On the way back to Newport we stopped at Castell Henllys for the last presentation of the day.

Castell Henllys is an Iron Age Village that had been reconstructed in the same place where it was 2,000 years ago. The village consists of four roundhouses reconstructed on their original iron age foundations.

There are guided presentations throughout the day, and we booked the last one of that day. The guides are dressed in costumes from the Demetae Tribe that lived in Wales during and after the Roman invasion. They tell the story very well with a bit of acting and it is very informative, especially for kids.

The presentation lasts about an hour, and you can also explore the houses, on your own time, before or after the presentations. This site is owned by Pembrokeshire National Park Authority and visits need to be booked in advance.

By the time we finished this last visit we were quite tired of walking around the whole day, but it was worth it, and the day felt very productive.

Tonight, we had booked Trewern Arms, (another pub) for dinner. Dinner was OK, but not as nice as The Golden Lion.

One of the roundhouses at Castell Henllys
A little friend that wanted to travel with us

Saturday

The plan today was to check out of the hotel and drive up north in the direction of Portmeirion, which would take us about 3 hours. We had tickets booked for a visit to Portmeirion Village between 11:30 and 14:00, so we left the hotel about 09:00 and took the A487 north. This was a very pleasant drive, and we did not feel like it took that much time; when we realised, we were already there.

Portmeirion

This trip to Wales was very enjoyable, but nothing had prepared us for the beauty of Portmeirion. I had seen it on various TV programmes, but nothing prepares you for the scale and the delight that Portmeirion is. We had saved the best for last.

Portmeirion is a village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by an architect called Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. His design resembles the villages in the south of Italy and the architect himself confirmed it was designed thinking about the beauties of the Mediterranean.

Nowadays the village belongs to a charitable trust and consist of various hotels, restaurants, cafes, and holiday cottages. You will need to book a time for the visit and pay for an entrance ticket, but if you are staying in one of the hotels of the village you do not need to pay for a ticket.

The architecture together with the gardens and the atmosphere is what captivates you and takes you to another world. Every building has its charm and has a story to tell.

The day we were there was very sunny and full of people wandering around. There was a wedding taking place somewhere in the village as we saw a bride in her chariot on the streets of the village. Later, when we went down to the beach, we could see the tables ready to receive the wedding guests on the terrace of the hotel. Perfect place for a wedding.

That was when I realised why we could not book any hotel or restaurant in the village: all accommodation was fully booked.

We walked everywhere in the village and had lunch in one of the cafes. When we felt we had seen enough we took our way to our hotel, which was outside the village, in Blanau- Ffestimiog, about 11 miles from Portmeirion and in the heart of Snowdonia National Park.

There wasn’t anything suitable available nearby, so we booked this hotel called Plas Weunydd. It is a boutique hotel and “glamping site”, well located for anyone wanting to explore the stunning region of Snowdonia and the numerous mountains and beaches nearby. It was named the best hotel in Wales in 2021!

The hotel is a newly refurbished manor house with all the comforts you could wish for in a holiday. The staff was very nice, and the place was clean and beautiful. They have a restaurant on-site that serves breakfast and dinner, but for dinner, it has a limited choice of dishes.

Plas Weunydd Hotel
Our room

After checking in, we went for a walk around the area. This is an area of slate quarries, some closed (our hotel was part of one), others still operating. We walked around a lake nearby surrounded by slate mountains. Very different landscape, but nice. After the walk, we sat on the terrace of the hotel to have a beer and observe the people coming down the mountain on their bikes and getting up via a chair lift.

We have booked a restaurant for our last evening in Wales, “Moorings Bistro”, in a small, picturesque village called Borth y Gest near Porthmadog.

Borth Y Gest

This restaurant had very good reviews and I was keen to try their dishes. When we arrived for our reservation at 19:30 the restaurant was already full, but it didn’t take long for us to get to our table.

Unfortunately, the dishes on the board, which were mainly fishes of the day, had already finished and we ordered from the dinner menu. I ordered the Goat’s cheese and beetroot salad with caramelised hazelnuts as a starter, and the Seafood tagliatelle as the main dish. My husband ordered the soup of the day (mushroom) and Welsh Rib-eye steak. All dishes were cooked to perfection, we loved the atmosphere of the restaurant, and the village is adorable.

On Sunday morning we had our breakfast at the hotel, which had some different options to the traditional cooked breakfast fare. We shared a plate of ham and cheese with a cavern aged Cheddar from Llechwedd Deep Mine. A good start for the day and to face our 4 hours trip back home.

This trip was a surprise, full of interesting learnings as well as spectacular views and pleasure. Wales is definitely a place worth visiting and I wouldn’t think twice about going back to this beautiful part of the British Isles.

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