Food & Drink - Glyn-yr-Aur


You don't have to travel far from Glyn-yr-Aur to find some cosy tea rooms, welcoming pubs and excellent restaurants, serving a fantastic and delectable range of food and drink. Listed below are some of the local establishments. Visitors are also welcome to send in write-ups of places they have visited, or that they would also endorse.



Public Houses and Restaurants


Ty’n-y-Groes, Ganllwyd       (6.3 miles) Tel: 01341 440275     


The nearest 'local den of iniquity is the Ty’n y Groes Hotel, which began life as a coaching inn in the merry days of yore.


 With friendly staff and an additional restaurant, customers can also join in the occasional Wednesday pub quiz nights.   


Opening times are somewhat variable so do check before travelling.                    Directions



George III Penmaenpool   (10 miles)    01341 422525


The George is situated at the head of the Mawddach estuary in beautiful surroundings.  Children friendly.

The Snowdonia real ale is just about the best real ale around (Bob Chiltons' opinion).     

Excellent high quality food but best to avoid busy times or you might have a long wait.     Directions



 Fronolau       (11 miles)       01341422361         


This pub offers excellent food in pleasant surroundings. It tends to get a little busy, especially Sunday lunch times in the summer.  It's not the cheapest place to eat out, but very relaxing if you pick a quiet time. There are huge armchairs in front of an open fire, and the puddings are proper home made calorie filled sweets… none of this modern fridge to freezer stuff.

Unfortunately by the time I have had the first two courses I never have enough room left for a dessert.

Booking is advisable                                                                                                                 Directions


Cross Foxes  Brithdir (13 miles)   01341   421001


Newcomer to the area is the recently refurbished and opened Cross Foxes at Brithdir on the A470 south of Dolgellau


At £2.33 a pint for my all time favourite beer it gets my vote. Will be checking out the food when the Christmas rush is over but all reports received so far are good.                                                             Directions



Grapes Inn   Maentwrog    (18 miles)  01766 590365   


This pub in the small village of Maentwrog is a popular local haunt.  Renowned for its superb beer and food, it gets quite busy in summer.  Well worth travelling to during or after an exciting day out.     Directions



Unicorn        Dolgellau (10 miles)


Temporarily closed (2-8-13)






Tea Rooms & Ice Cream Parlours


Aber Cottage Gallery, Smithfield Street, Dolgellau      Tel: 01341 422460


Local artist, Barbara Hudson has set up a cosy tea room alongside her successful and dynamic gallery.  With an interesting array of works displayed, visitors are assured a more than fascinating environment in which to enjoy light snacks and delicious cream teas.



Cadwalader's Ice Cream Cafes, (43 Hight Street, Porthmadog; Portmeirion Village; Station Approach, Betws-y-Coed; Castle Street, Criccieth)   Website:


With something of a burgeoning franchise throughout North Wales, Cadwalader's is the number one name for ice cream in these here parts.


With a delicious array of desserts that include ice cream sundaes, pastries, cakes, and a whole host of savoury dishes too, a day out would surely not be complete without a visit here.





Dolfrwynog Tea Garden, Dolfrwynog, Coed-y-Brenin


A favourite with locals, bikers and walkers alike, this outdoor tea garden is usually busy for much of the year.  Serving some of the best local food around, owner Christine is famed for her Bara Brith and excellent cakes and sandwiches.  Only two miles from Glyn-yr-aur, it's well worth stopping in for a light snack to eat in or take away.



Dylanwad Da Restaurant, Smithfield Street, Dolgellau    Tel: 01341 422 870


This contemporary café and restaurant, set up in 1988, has been given rave reviews by the Guardian, Times and Daily Post newspapers no less.


Said to serve the best cappuccino locally, typical items on the daily menu include Braised Welsh Lamb, Roast Smoked Salmon Fillet with a Cream and Chive Sauce and Herring and Apple Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise.



Llwyngwril Gallery and Tea Room, off A493, Llwyngwril  Website:


Opened in 2002, this eclectic and innovative gallery showcases exceptionally creative work by many locally-based artists.  A diverse range of expertly crafted items are typically displayed such as pottery, paintings and pressed floral art.  Visitors are invited to buy any works they desire either in the gallery or through its shop online.


The gallery also serves tantalising gateaux and superb cream teas, in addition to hosting a series of art or music-related events.  Check out its website for more details.






Portmeirion Village, Portmeirion, nr Porthmadog, Gwynedd   Tel: 01766 770000   Website:


Some of the best restaurants can be found at the local Italianate village of Portmeirion, which is about a 40 minute drive from Glyn-yr-aur.  Famously the back-drop to the 1960s Prisoner series, the village was created by celebrated Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis as an homage to towns found on the Italian Riveria or in the South of France.  It also became 'a home for fallen buildings' and plays home to some full or modified reconstructions of several British stately homes.


Today, the Hotel Portmeirion's Dining Room is said to serve some exceptional locally sourced food, in addition to the Castell Deudraeth Bar and Grill.


For lighter fayre, there is the newly opened Caffi Glas (or Blue Café) which specialises in Italian-style food.  Cadwalader's also has an ice cream café here and the Town Hall at Portmeirion also serves hot and cold snacks.







This is what can be grown up in the mountains at Glyn-yr-Aur.




Here’s a couple of recipes.