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When you are travelling through the gorgeous Snowdonia National Park, you will, at some point, need to take a bit of time for yourself to relax, unwind, and refuel with a nice, hearty meal. After all, you will likely be trekking through dense woodland, hiking up the sides of craggy peaks, and tromping your way through swampy marshlands. It’s only natural that you’ll work up an appetite!

Unfortunately, when you’re travelling with your dogs, this is not always possible – many places just won’t let them through the door, especially if you’re after restaurant quality food. Luckily for you, Elen’s Castle is happy to welcome dogs into their bar lounge area, where the menu is exactly the same as the one in their restaurant.

This means that you can enjoy such fine offerings as Conwy Valley lamb shank with mashed potato and leek, served with a rosemary jus, and the wild rice, spinach and honey roast, which comes with a summer veg ratatouille, all while your dog relaxes at your feet without a care in the world.

Make sure you finish your meal with the “Chockarocka” – a white and dark chocolate cream pie – before heading back to your cottage for a well-deserved night’s sleep.


Elen Castle can be found in Dolwyddelan, a small village in the Conwy borough between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y-Coed. 

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