Best pubs and restaurants on the Llyn Peninsula

Coastal, Food and Drink

Posted by Clare Willcocks on 6th February 2024

Elevated view of the coast around Porth Dinllaen

A 16-mile arm of land, jutting out from the shoulder of Snowdonia (Eryri), the wild and wonderful Llŷn Peninsula is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The rugged coastline with its storm-battered cliffs, glorious beaches and sheltered harbours invites long walks in the salty air – pre-prandial jaunts with the promise of a nourishing lunch in one of the Llŷn Peninsula restaurants.

We’ve picked out some of the best restaurants on the Llŷn Peninsula where you’ll find outstanding food with a welcome to match. From dog-friendly pubs on the Llŷn Peninsula to the finest seafood restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay while you explore, have a browse of our Llŷn Peninsula holiday cottages.

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Abersoch

The village seaside resort of Abersoch has no end of fantastic eateries. Walk along the high street and you’ll find pubs, restaurants and cafes to your left and right, interspersed with a variety of local shops. We’ve picked out some of the most popular restaurants and cafes in Abersoch, but rest assured, there are plenty more to discover on your travels.

Abersoch cottages


Flaming food being tossed in a wok by a chef

The Cove

The Cove, Abersoch is part of the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club in Abersoch. It's one of the best restaurants on the Llŷn Peninsula if you like a side of views with your meal. Gaze out at St Tudwal's Islands and Snowdonia while satisfying your taste buds with fresh and delicious home-cooked meals which make the most of seasonal ingredients.

The relaxed yet stylish decor creates a welcoming ambience, and as Abersoch restaurants go, you’d be hard-pressed to find one in a better location than The Cove!

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Location: The Cove, The Headland, Abersoch, LL53 7DP

Why not try: Pan-fried sea bass with crushed new potatoes, drizzled in truffle and basil oil, sauteed samphire and mango salsa

Highlight: The jaw-dropping views through the floor-to-ceiling windows


Close up of a fried breakfast, and a photo of the beach huts on Aberdaron Beach at sunset

Zinc Cafe, Bar and Grill

Abersoch restaurants don’t get more enticing than the fabulously designed Zinc Cafe, Bar and Grill, set right in the heart of the village. The leafy decor, chic vibes and various dining spaces make it a top choice all year round. Soak up the sunshine on the panoramic terrace, or cosy up inside where the leather seats, sofas and cushions create a welcoming atmosphere. The inviting bar with its wood burner will warm the cockles, even on the coldest day of the year.

Let the aroma of the Zinc Grill help you make your choice from the menu – succulent steaks of prime cuts vie for your attention with delicious burgers and vegetarian options. For a tasty meal in relaxed surroundings, Zinc in Abersoch ticks all the boxes.

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  • Location: Minafon, Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch, LL53 7AW
  • Why not try: 10-ounce Welsh ribeye steak, served with your choice of sauce
  • Highlight: The panoramic terrace with harbour views

Close up of a lobster meal

The Potted Lobster

Unsurprisingly, given its name, The Potted Lobster is a seafood restaurant, and serves up delicious, fresh, local delights from the ocean at every sitting. This seafood restaurant on the Llŷn Peninsula has built itself a reputation for its mouthwatering fare and fantastic seaside surroundings.

On sunny days, top up your vitamin D by dining out on the terrace – a laid-back setting in which to enjoy the best local seafood Abersoch has to offer. The Potted Lobster is undeniably one of the best places to eat on the Llŷn Peninsula. Also, if you’re on the hunt for Abersoch dog-friendly pubs, this one’s a winner, with a section of the restaurant and the terrace that welcomes our four-legged friends.

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  • Location: The Potted Lobster, High Street, Abersoch, LL53 7DS
  • Why not try: The restaurant’s namesake, The Potted Lobster – local lobster, brown shrimp, white crab, smoked salmon, lemon and dill butter and sourdough
  • Highlight: Cocktails on the terrace are a must on a sunny summer’s day

Boat in Abersoch, and close up of a steak being grilled

Lost Sheep

The Lost Sheep in Abersoch is a steak house where you’ll find hearty portions and a warm welcome. When you’ve just got to get your meat fix, there aren’t many restaurants in Abersoch better placed to satisfy your urges. The diner-style interior lends itself to a casual meal with friends, while the outside picnic benches mean you won’t miss out on soaking up some rays when the sun’s out.

The lovely staff and great value food are sure to have you planning an imminent return, but the generous portions will keep you satisfied for at least the rest of the day. This is a great option if you’re looking for pubs in Abersoch. Check the Lost Sheep’s Instagram page when you’re planning a visit, as they do close for a short while in the winter.

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Location: 1 Lon Port Morgan, Abersoch, LL53 7AN

Why not try: It’s got to be a steak!

Highlight: The Lost Sheep has regular deal nights – keep an eye out for them


Hands with a knife and fork cutting into a delicious-looking meal

The Dining Room

The Dining Room describes itself as a British bistro serving local, seasonal food in the heart of Abersoch, which is a rather modest summary of the wonderful fare you can expect from this unassuming little restaurant.

They take a bit of a break in the winter and re-open in the spring, so be sure to keep an eye on their social media and don’t miss out on booking a table – there’s limited availability and due to its popularity, tables get snapped up quickly!

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Location: 4 High Street, Abersoch, LL53 7DY

Why not try: Featherblade, pulled oyster mushrooms and red wine gravy

Highlight: The boutique atmosphere and exquisite presentation and flavour


Criccieth

Right on the edge of the Llŷn Peninsula, at the north end of Cardigan Bay, Criccieth is a lovely spot for a seaside holiday, and offers plenty in the way of eateries to satiate hungry stomachs. Fish and chips, a slap-up dinner with a view, or good old-fashioned pub grub, whatever you’re after, you’ll find it in a restaurant in Criccieth. Why not stay in one of our Criccieth cottages as a base for your Llŷn Peninsula holiday?

Criccieth cottages


Close up photo of a salad topped with cheese, and an elevated view of Criccieth

Poachers Restaurant

Family-owned Poachers Restaurant is found on the high street in Criccieth. The eatery is closed over winter, so make the most of it when it’s open and enjoy a range of British and international cuisine made with local Welsh produce where possible.

The comfortable dining room has an intimate, refined feel, perfect if you’re looking for somewhere special for a celebratory meal.

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Location: 66-68 High Street, Criccieth, LL52 OHB

Why not try: Homemade beef and pork burger on a creamy peppercorn sauce topped with garlic mushrooms and crispy fried onions

Highlight: The delectable desserts – just looking at them is enough to make your mouth water!


Beach in Criccieth with stunning blue water

Dylan’s

Michelin-recommended Dylan’s Criccieth occupies a splendid beachfront position in the fabulous Art Deco-style Morannedd building. The bright and spacious dining room is a fine vantage point from which to watch the beach goings-on in the summer, and the dramatic weather in the winter.

Locally sourced produce forms the building blocks of the menu, which has something for everyone, including tacos, seafood, chicken and salad. Dylan’s has three other restaurants in Conwy, Llandudno and Menai Bridge, all in striking buildings in spectacular locations.

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Location: Maes Y Mor, Criccieth, LL52 0HU

Why not try: Moules marinieres with Menai mussels

Highlight: The impressive building offers a dining experience with a difference


View of Criccieth Beach and a close up photo of fish and chips

Castle Fish and Chips

Castle Fish and Chips have been purveyors of the finest fried goods for over 25 years, and they know what it takes to make a mean fish-and-chip supper. Great service and great food can be assured, with the menu including all the fish shop favourites. Choose from battered cod, chicken, burgers and pies, and there’s a kid’s menu too.

Castle Fish and Chips is conveniently close to the beach, so you won’t have far to go with your meal before you can sit down and tuck in while you admire the view.

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Location: 5 Castle Street, Criccieth, LL52 0DP

Why not try: Keep it traditional with battered cod and chips

Highlight: The location is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat after a day at the beach


Llanbedrog

Llanbedrog is a village and beach, with a scenic, wooded headland and a remarkably picturesque approach road. A vibrant row of beach huts lines the sheltered beach, and the little village harbours a handful of lovely places to eat, including Llanbedrog Beach Bar (aka Aqua). Read on if you’re looking for special places to eat on the Llŷn Peninsula, and take a look at our Llanbedrog holiday cottages for somewhere to stay.

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Llanbedrog Beach with colourful beach huts

Aqua Beach Bar Restaurant

Set beside the National Trust-owned beach, Aqua Beach Bar Restaurant is the perfect year-round pit stop. This Llŷn Peninsula pub on the beach is a favourite for dog-walkers, as it’s dog friendly and pups are welcome on the beach all year (on a lead April-September).

Pitch up on the sheltered terrace and order yourself a cocktail to enjoy while taking in the views across the sea to Snowdonia. There are different areas to choose from, depending on the weather. If the sun is shining, make for the outside section, or seek shelter under the awning next to a patio heater. The cosy interior of this restaurant lends itself to relaxed evening meals, or a hearty breakfast to start the day.

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Location: Lon Nant Iago, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, LL53 7TR

Why not try: Trio of fish – beer-battered king prawns and haddock goujons, salt and pepper tempura squid and Thai green sauce

Highlight: The staggering location – a room with a view!


Slices of succulent steak and a view of Llanbedrog Headland

Tremfan Hall Restaurant

Llanbedrog restaurants don’t get more special than majestic Tremfan Hall, whose decadent menu of British, French and international cuisine is the stuff of foodie dreams. The fabulous coastal restaurant overlooks Llanbedrog Headland, Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia mountains.

The restaurant is understandably proud of its fare, which comes in hearty portions rather than fine dining-style micro plates. Sourcing the best possible Welsh produce from land and sea, the dishes are expertly cooked, beautifully presented and, we bet, rapidly devoured. If you’re seeking out Llanbedrog pubs, why not up the ante with a visit to this well-renowned establishment?

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Location: Tremfan Hall, Llanbedrog, LL53 7NN

Why not try: Welsh venison rump steak

Highlight: The beautiful terrace with far-reaching sea views


Pwllheli

The market town of Pwllheli is packed with some of the best restaurants on the Llŷn Peninsula, whether you’re looking to grab a quick lunch, or settle down for an evening of fine dining. If you’re on the hunt for a seafood restaurant on the Llŷn Peninsula, Twnti comes highly rated. Or perhaps you’d prefer a taste of India? Nomi’s where it’s at. Take a look at our top Pwllheli restaurants below.

Pwllheli cottages


A bowl of tasty Indian cuisine like you might be served at NOMI, Pwllheli

NOMI

Indulge your craving for the exotic with a delicious meal at NOMI, whose menu of exciting contemporary Indian cuisine transcends the usual offering of British Indian restaurants. A family business, there is an evident pride in the food and atmosphere; a meal here is special and to be remembered.

If you’re unable to book a table to eat in, the tempting takeaway menu is chock-full of choice, so you can enjoy a top-notch Abersoch takeaway from the comfort of your holiday cottage.

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Location: NOMI, 53 High Street, Pwllheli, LL53 5RT

Why not try: The signature dish, Punjabi butter chicken – a rich and creamy blend of tomatoes, butter, cashews and Indian spices with tender chicken tikka

Highlight: The carefully curated menu is paired with a carefully selected range of wine


Two photo close-ups of a seafood platter and steak with salt, rosemary and sauce

Twnti Seafood Restaurant

Just outside of Pwllheli, Twnti Seafood Restaurant is worth the short drive to delight your taste buds with a medley of excellent seafood dishes. Set within a converted barn, with an outdoor terrace and galleried lounge area, Twnti has a homely vibe, and is renowned for the quality of its food.

Fresh, local seafood, including lobsters landed around the peninsula, is served with other local ingredients where possible. The menu includes a range of dishes to suit all tastes, including scallops, monkfish, prawns and sole (dependent on the season), alongside tempting choices for those who prefer land-based fare – fillet steak and roast half-duckling. Bear in mind that Twnti may be closed over winter.

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Location: Twnti Seafood Restaurant, Rhyd-y-clafdy, Pwllheli, LL53 7YH

Why not try: Twnti grilled fresh fish trio served with beurre blanc

Highlight: The intimate atmosphere makes this a special place for a celebratory meal with friends or family


A roast dinner like you might be served in Whitehall, Pwllheli

Whitehall

Whitehall is a gastropub set in the heart of Pwllheli – a place where locals come to enjoy fine food and company, and which visitors cite as the venue of one of the top meals of their holiday. Open seven days a week, Whitehall’s menu is compiled of mouthwatering meals of locally sourced ingredients.

Beautiful Welsh cheeses grace their cheeseboard, and there’s succulent Welsh lamb, local mussels and lobsters fished off Enlli – all washed down with wine or locally brewed ale. The service and superb food are a winning combination, earning Whitehall raving reviews and a packed restaurant – booking is advised at this Pwllheli pub!

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Location: Whitehall, Stryd Moch, Pwllheli, LL53 5RG

Why not try: Rump of Welsh lamb, with mint and redcurrant gravy, tenderstem broccoli with potato, and rosemary croquette

Highlight: The generous portions and quick service


Nefyn

A little seaside idyll on the Llŷn Peninsula’s north coast, Nefyn has an attractive sandy beach and a laid-back vibe. Its golf course on the headland is legendary amongst golfers as one of the most beautiful, yet unforgiving courses in Wales. After working up an appetite with a challenging round or an invigorating coastal walk, there are several fantastic Nefyn restaurants to choose from, and plenty of Morfa Nefyn holiday cottages to make your base.

Morfa Nefyn cottages


Close up of a fish dish, and photo of the coast at Nefyn

The Cliffs Restaurant and Bar

Family-friendly, and dog-friendly (in the bar), The Cliffs Restaurant and Bar occupies a wonderful coastal location, just a stone’s throw from Morfa Nefyn Beach. The picturesque setting makes it a top choice if you’re looking for a meal in a Llŷn Peninsula restaurant after a day beside the sea.

Though seafood is their speciality, the menu caters for everyone, with tempting dishes including vegetable Wellington, chicken wrapped in bacon, and topside of beef. Make sure to leave room for dessert, too, because their selection of British favourites is sure to entice you.

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Location: Lon Bridin, Morfa Nefyn, LL53 6BY

Why not try: Their fish of the day special

Highlight: Regular events include quiz nights, bingo, pie nights and curry nights


Close up of a microphone on a music night

Tafarn Yr Heliwr

Nefyn’s well-loved community pub, Tafarn Yr Heliwr is traditional and welcoming, hosting music gigs, cultural events and community projects. Feel good about eating and drinking here, as every penny of profit is reinvested to benefit the local community. If you’re looking for Nefyn restaurants serving hearty food with a smile, Yr Heliwr delivers on both counts.

Social evenings, coffee mornings, children’s crafts and more form the rich tapestry of events that make this pub the heart of the community. As a visitor, you’ll be made to feel welcome, and you can soak up some of the Welsh culture while sinking a few Welsh pints.

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Location: Tafarn Yr Heliwr, Stryd Fawr, LL53 6HD

Why not try: Any of the pub classics

Highlight: By eating here, you’re supporting the great work they do for the local community


Two photos of Indian food, nicely presented in bowls - the sort of food you might be served at Bombay Joes

Bombay Joes

When you’re looking for somewhere to scratch an itch for Indian cuisine, Bombay Joes, Nefyn’s authentic Indian restaurant, steps up to the mark. Delicious dishes flavoured with wonderful Indian spices are served in an elegant environment, suited to both special occasions and spontaneous nights out.

You’ll find all your Indian favourites on the menu, and with takeaway an option too, you can even enjoy a meal while kicking back in your holiday home.

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Location: Bombay Joes, Nefyn, LL53 6DU

Why not try: One of Bombay Joes’ signature dishes

Highlight: The friendly service


Aberdaron

A mile-long stretch of golden sand graces the coast of the village of Aberdaron, whose annual sailing regatta and summertime excursions to Bardsey Island put it on the map. It’s home to several Llŷn Peninsula pubs and restaurants, where you’ll find great food and wonderful scenery to explore, and a clutch of Aberdaron holiday cottages.

Aberdaron cottages


Panoramic view of Aberdaron Beach

Gwesty Ty Newydd

If you’re looking for Aberdaron restaurants which really make the most of its coastal location, book a table at Gwesty Ty Newydd, whose restaurant and terrace overlook the bay. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, the busy eatery serves up generous portions of traditional meals which you can enjoy while gazing out to sea.

Dine alfresco on sunny days to make the most of the location or cosy up inside to appreciate the views from the warmth. Sunday carveries and sports on TV make it a homely and welcoming place for an informal meal.

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Location: Gwesty Ty Newydd, Aberdaron, LL53 8BE

Why not try: The Sunday carvery

Highlight: The view of the beach


Elevated view of Aberdaron, and close up photo of grilled mackerel

The Ship Restaurant

The Ship Restaurant, Aberdaron, or Gwesty’r Llong as it is known in Welsh, is another Llŷn Peninsula pub on the beach with plenty of character. Traditional pub grub is found on the menu alongside lighter, healthier bites, and an array of seafood straight from Aberdaron’s fishermen provides a treat for those who love food from the ocean.

Well-known brands are served in the well-stocked bar, with a choice of locally brewed beers for an authentic Welsh flavour. There’s regular entertainment here, too; all events are advertised on The Ship Restaurant’s Facebook page.

Good to know

Location: The Ship, Aberdaron, LL53 8BE

Why not try: The seafood special

Highlight: Dog friendly, and decent food portions


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Stay with us on the Llŷn Peninsula

Take in the rugged beauty of this welcoming corner of Wales and soak up the culture of its charming coastal villages. Find your perfect base for touring the local eateries amongst our collection of Llŷn Peninsula holiday cottages. With family- and dog-friendly abodes, quaint couples’ hideaways and a selection of sea view settings, there’s something for everyone.

Holiday cottages on the Llŷn Peninsula

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