4 Favourite Pubs with Cosy Log Fires
With temperatures dropping and the long, dark nights drawing in, there’s not much better than a cosy pub with a roaring log fire after a busy day’s sightseeing. Grab those coats and scarves, spend the day exploring the Conwy Valley in all her autumnal splendour, then shake off the cold with a quick pint or a delicious meal in one of these charming pubs.
- Tal y Cafn – station stop Tal y Cafn
Located right next to the railway station, there has been an inn at this strategic river crossing for over 200 years, although today’s chic gastro-pub is a far cry from the coaching inns of days gone by. The large double-sided, custom-built log fire is a striking centre-piece but practical too – it allows all guests to enjoy the warmth of the flames!
This pub has a reputation for excellent food and a great choice of beers and spirits, many from local breweries and craft distillers. Don’t forget: show your train ticket for 10% off your food bill!
- King’s Head – station stop Llandudno
The oldest pub in Llandudno, the King’s Head prides itself on being a traditional pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere. A massive log fire in the main bar adds to the atmosphere and is the site of impromptu singalongs on many chilly evenings!
With a wide selection of cask conditioned ales and an extensive menu using only the best local produce, it’s a great place to visit for food or a swift half. At the foot of the Great Orme, right by the tram station, the King’s Head is the perfect pitstop after a day discovering the ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’.
- Ty Gwyn – station stop Betws-y-Coed
Another historic coaching inn, the Ty Gwyn is situated just outside Betws-y-Coed, a short and pleasant stroll from the train station. Dating back to the seventeenth century, it still has the original log fire (fully operational, of course), plus olde-worlde low ceilings and roof beams – watch your head!
Much of the produce is grown onsite by the landlord with other ingredients, including meat and dairy products, are sourced from within a 12 mile radius of the pub. Seasonal produce, such as nuts and berries, are even foraged nearby for freshness. At Ty Gwyn, when the menu says local it means local.
- Y Gywdyr – station stop Dolwyddelan
Y Gywdyr is a quintessential country pub in the pretty village of Dolwyddelan at the heart of the Lledr Valley. Let the dogs snuggle up in front of the open fire (yes, it’s dog friendly), have a drink or two, get to know the locals, and enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal.
If you’ve only ventured as far as Dolwyddelan Castle or if you’ve been roaming the hills all day, Y Gwydyr is the perfect pub to kick off your boots and warm your toes!
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