6 Must-Eat Places Around Ffestiniog

Looking for a bite around Ffestiniog?

Although Ffestiniog lies in the heart of Snowdonia, relatively cut off from the rest of the world, you’d be surprised at the variety of food there is on offer.

Despite it’s isolated location you can find a wide range of eateries here to suit all tastes, styles and budgets. If you’re looking to save your pennies then you can make the most of a number of well-established takeaways that offer an affordable range of popular dishes.

We’ve cast our eyes over what Ffestiniog has to offer and picked out our favourites:


Many visitors do a double-take when they hear about CellB, its mission statement is more in line with an innovative London-based establishment than a cafe/bar you’d expect to find in Wales. In their words, this establish has become one of the most successful places in the region by ‘Connecting culture, drink and food with art and accommodation.’ On Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can choose from a great Breakfast and Lunch menu, from Thursdays to Sundays you can also eat dinner there.

Meirion Vaults

Decent traditional pubs are just one of many things that North Wales does well and Meirion Vaults is a great example of this. The Vaults (as its known by the locals) offers a good mix of well-known beers, as well as locally brewed ales.

Best of all, their menu of classic pub grub meals is super affordable and consistent in quality. Regular events and food deals are held each week ranging from a Burger Night (£9 for a burger and pint or glass of wine) to an innovative ‘Pay What Time You Eat’ night!

Lakeside Cafe

This dog-friendly cafe has something for everyone. Although their claim to serve the ‘best all-day breakfast in North Wales’ could be contested by a number of other excellent eateries in the area, it’s safe to say that the view you get is pretty hard to beat. The Lakeside Cafe is an ideal stop-off point for holiday-makers looking to take a break from the road or families who want to fuel up for a big day of exploration. Open from 9-8 every day, this is a highly recommended cafe to simply sit at and watch the world go by.

Y Pengwern

Just a short drive out from Y Pengwern, this community-run pub is a perfect example of what can be achieved with the power of an entire village! Situated in the heart of the sleepy village of Llan Ffestiniog, this pub has everything you’d expect from a village boozer; a cosy atmosphere, friendly locals, decent beer and a menu of absolute pub classics including: Lasagne, Pies and Lamb Hotpots. You can even stop by at 6:30pm on a Tuesday to learn a spot of Welsh!

Bryn Arms

The Bryn Arms is unique in that it’s a fairly modern building rather than a traditional inn, as a result it has a character and charm all to itself. Located in the village of Gellilydan, this is a down-to-earth pub with a distinct working man’s charm to it, but don’t let that put you off!

On a sunny day The Bryn Arms’ outside seating area is packed out with locals and tourists alike enjoying the sun and a well poured pint. The utilitarian menu offers affordable pub grub for the whole family, so everyone’s happy!