Recommended places to eat and drink in Llandudno
Last updated: November 2017
Welcome to our quick guide to some of the good restaurants in Llandudno, along with cafes, pubs, teashops and more. Having carried out extensive research in almost every eatery in town, these are the places we love to visit for a cuppa (panad or paned in Welsh), for a meal out or to meet our friends.
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For fantastic coffee: We're delighted that the owners of Providero have opened a new coffee house on Upper Mostyn Street. With great staff, great decor, great cake and - most importantly - great coffee, we couldn't recommend Providero highly enough to all coffee lovers.
For modern British dining: Llandudno is very lucky to get its own branch of Dylan's, which recently opened on the site of the former Washington nightclub. Expect gorgeous decor, great service from friendly staff and simple but delicious food. The chips and fries are amazing.
For great quality drinks: We're big fans of the Snooze bar at the bottom of Church Walks and Sinatra's opposite our studio on Madoc Street. Both venues provide well prepared drinks, nice nibbles and attractive decor.
For perfect pizza: On Upper Mostyn Street you'll find Johnny Dough's, a relaxed and contemporary pizza restaurant where everything is freshly baked in their wood-fired stove. The best pizza we've had outside Italy, bar none.
For local beer: We were delighted when Tapps opened over the road from our studio on Madoc Street. Inside the simple, welcoming micropub you'll find an ever-changing selection of craft beer and, for those who fancy something different, there's prosecco on tap!
For a chance to get dressed up: Try the restaurant in Osborne House for an environment dripping in chandeliers, gilt mirrors and antiques. The food's modern bistro, with a good value set menu (available until 9pm every day except Saturday).
For a trip to the pub: The Cottage Loaf is one of the best pubs in town. Cosy on the inside, but with an extensive beer garden outside, the Cottage Loaf is great for drinks but has a really good menu of pub food too. We also highly recommend the Albert on Madoc Street, which also has good quality food and a good selection of local ales. We particularly like the Albert's beer bat, which enables you to sample three different ales at once.
For afternoon tea: Characters Teahouse (pictured below) is one of our favourite places for afternoon tea or just a piece of cake. Their homemade cakes and scones are the best in town, and they make an excellent pot of tea. Characters is also open for dinner on weekend evenings, but booking is essential.
For summer sunshine: The Gresham on Upper Mostyn Street has an outdoor terrace that's a real suntrap on a sunny day. If you want to catch the very last of the sunshine, you might also like to try the Snowdon pub on Tudno Street, where the beer garden catches some of the last rays in the evening.
For great veggie food: The Rabbit Hole cafe is a new venture with great surroundings, great staff and a very tasty menu focusing on local, healthy and organic food. They have a good selection of vegetarian offerings (and there's meat options and plenty of cake too).
For a taste of the Midlands: Located on Upper Mostyn Street is the Staffordshire Oatcake Shop, where Su, the owner, makes all the oatcakes herself. Available to take away, the oatcakes make a great lunch and come with delicious fillings sourced locally. If you've not had a Staffordshire oatcake before, you really must give one a try.
For a local coffee spot: Cafe Kava, on Upper Mostyn Street, is very popular with locals. It's a great mix of warm, friendly service and Mediterranean-style snacks and light meals. Kava also do a mean cheese toastie.
For a spot of culture: the cafe in the Oriel Mostyn Gallery is light and spacious, with great views to the sea. The menu is fresh, modern and surprisingly affordable. And you can pop round the galleries before or after your lunch.
For a tasty breakfast: Fortes is a retro Italian coffee bar with good coffee, crispy bacon and hearty porridge (you may be pleased to know that prunes are optional). They make their own ice cream too. We also love the hearty breakfasts, with a good choice for vegetarians, at the Orient Express cafe. It's located over the road from the Wetherspoon's Palladium.
For tea and cake: The Haulfre Gardens contain a tea shop with a large outside seating area and marvellous views over the town and out to sea. The cakes are delicious; we recommend the lemon drizzle and coffee & walnut. Open every day during the summer and weekends only in winter. When the weather's less clement, we also love the cake in Cafe DeVine on Lloyd Street.