I don't know how many readers will be heading towards the Conwy/Llandudno area, but we had some fantastic meals there last week, and it's my duty to report on where we ate,
Our first lunch was at The Queen's Head outside of Conwy. DH had a white onion soup that was perfection, and I had a delicious duck wrap, warm and juicy with hoisin sauce. I also had some onion rings which were good but not the best I've ever eaten.The place is friendly and very nicely decorated and made my local gastropub seem a bit second rate.
Dinners were at three places. First was Jaya, what we thought was an excellent Indian restaurant housed in our B&B. This was true home cooking done by a young woman with Kenyan roots, and the menu is huge and the dishes we had were delicious.. great service and I only wish the restaurant had a branch near my house.
The Hayloft outside Conwy and attached to the Bodnant Farm Shop, was a wonderful evening. The meal begins with drinks in a beautiful lounge where the menus can be perused. I had the best ribeye steak I've had in years (must mention I rarely eat steak these days), preceded by a beetroot hummous dish. DH had his usual fish main.. I think it was sea bass. The emphasis here is on local, fresh produce and now I really know what that term means. It didn't hurt that we were seated near the male harpist who played my favorite show and movie tunes. Dessert was an orange sponge with orange custard.. a bit sweet but delicious. The service is very, very professional and the dining room is rustic in a very sophisticated way.
Paysanne in Deganwy bills itself as a 'tiny piece of rural France.' I think that's a bit overstating the truth, but it was a good meal. My husband felt it was actually 'tarted up' British cuisine, and I had to agree. My guinea fowl wrapped in bacon was fine but nothing to rave about.. same for his fish dish. The veg is not chosen but included some delicious carrots and parsnips and a large casserole of what I call scalloped potatoes. The potatoes were bland and not very good. The meal ended with a good dessert - lemon curd ice cream and a very nice apple tart crumble. The restaurant was filled (it's not very large) with locals who seem to enjoy the food. Maybe they've never been to France?
In Caernarvon we had a scrummy lunch in a small shop and cafe called Sarah's. It was really good value for money with huge portions. I had a good quiche with mounds of potato salad and cole slaw and DH had a soup of the day.
I would make the 4 hour drive again just to eat at The Hayloft,