Whenever I go anywhere, I always want to know where’s good to eat. Barmouth might not have a reputation as a foodie hotspot, but with a bit of Googling and much staring at menus, I found some excellent places to go. All tried and tested during my holiday, here’s where to eat in Barmouth.
Good For: Budget friendly breakfasts, Quayside
On our first morning in Barmouth, in search of breakfast and a latte, we found a little row of cafes along the Quay and selected the one that looked the busiest. Isis Pizzeria is right on the harbourside, with great views over the estuary and the famous railway bridge. There are plenty of tables indoors and outdoors, and in the morning, the outdoor patio is a proper little suntrap.
The breakfast menu is simple, with classic breakfast sandwiches, full breakfasts, and eggs in various formats on toast. Not a smashed avocado in sight. Instead of an Instagrammer’s brunch, you’ll get a simple, delicious breakfast, for very good value.
A sausage sandwich and some poached eggs on toast set us up for a tough day of doing absolutely nothing. My latte hit the spot too, and Dave was delighted with his hot chocolate which arrived pile high with cream and marshmallows.
On the rest of the menu, you’ll find pizzas (obviously), paninis, cake, spaghetti, and burgers. According to TripAdvisor, it’s also one of the best spots to find veggie and vegan food, which can be tough to find in Barmouth.
Good for: Healthy street food on the prom.
Celtic Cabin is an absolute gem. Take a walk along the promenade and you’ll stumble across this cute little cabin, with an array of picnic tables outside. The menu is all fresh, healthy street food, made with Welsh produce. Currently, the menu is Mexican inspired.
We tried the pan fried fish of the day, with prawn and chilli fritters, and the Tostada, with pulled pork, cheese, and tomato. Both come with salad and salsa. The fish was absolutely spectacularly, and clearly incredibly fresh. Both dishes were packed with flavour, with some oomph from the chilli, and zingy salad.
You can also grab coffee, soft drinks, beers, ice-cream, and even ice cream for your dog. We really enjoyed our light, tasty lunch by the sea, watching the world go by. The cabin clearly has a lot of regulars, which I always think is a good sign in a tourist town that somewhere is really good. If you’re in Barmouth, you have to visit.
Good for: Date night, dinner, drinks
The Bank is in the centre of Barmouth in a converted bank. The menu is modern and inventive, using local-sourced seasonal ingredients. Run by a husband and wife team, the restaurant was bustling when we visited (or as bustling as anywhere can be during Covid). The bar is well-stocked too, which is always a bonus. Dave tried a local cider, while I had a very tasty Aperol Spritz.
We started with Ham Croquettes to split, mostly because Dave can never resist them. They were fluffy and creamy inside, and piping hot.
We ended up choosing the same starter, the Potted Salmon and Prawns. The fish was fresh and succulent and topped with plenty of creamy butter. The pickled cucumber was a welcome addition too, but then I’d eat just about anything pickled. Dave chose the cassoulet, which was a confit duck leg with garlic sausage and haricot bean stew. The duck dropped off the bone, and the stew was rich and smoky. My Pan Fried Scallop and King Prawn Risotto was beautiful. The scallops were like butter, and the prawns were fat and juicy.
We skipped dessert in favour of a cheese board, with all Welsh cheese. I loved the focus on local produce, and everything was absolutely delicious. As with everywhere else we ate in Barmouth, we thought the prices were very reasonable, especially for the quality.
If you know where to look, there are some great places to eat in Barmouth. Any other hidden gems I should know about?
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