Posted on 19/04/2017 by David
Love eating out but fed up of the same limited and, frankly, uninspired options on the menu? Unfortunately, this is the experience of many vegan and vegetarian diners the nation over.
North Wales has a thriving restaurant scene - everything from homegrown cookery talent to some of the top names in fine dining - and we're lucky enough to have some excellent vegan and vegetarian dining options across the region too.
Made with delicious, locally-sourced produce and created with passion and imagination, you can say goodbye to nut roast and vegetable wellingtons, and hello to the best in Welsh cuisine.
Here's a round up of some of our favourite places to eat in North Wales if you're vegetarian or vegan. Our list includes coffee shops, cafes, intimate restaurants and cosy pubs so there should be something to please all palates.
Coconut Kitchen, Abersoch
An authentic Thai restaurant in the popular seaside resort of Abersoch, offering eat-in and takeaway menus. Serves meat and vegetarian options (which are also vegan friendly) prepared with the finest local ingredients - just ask and they'll tell you where most of them came from! It's really popular so booking is a must.
Kyffin Cafe, Bangor
Beloved of celebrity vegan chef (and Snowdonia local) Lee Watson, this vegetarian cafe in the heart of Bangor is not just tasty but good for the soul too, so we're told. With a great selection of teas, coffees and freshly prepared vegetarian dishes plus several vegan options, it's a well-kept secret we just had to share. (Dog friendly)
Named for the 18th century French philosopher (yes, he was veggie), this vegan restaurant has built a passionate and dedicated fanbase across North Wales. Expect a diverse menu which includes burritos, more than ten varieties of burger, curries and homemade cakes. We strongly advise booking owing to its popularity.
Cafe Glandwr, Beddgelert
An Italian-style pizzeria and ice-cream parlour in the pretty village of Beddgelert. Serves a selection of meat, vegetarian and vegan light-bites, including daily vegan and vegetarian specials. You can even get your pizza fix, prepared with gluten-free dough and/or vegan cheese!
Anglesey Arms, Menai Bridge
A traditional Welsh pub, with amazing views of the Menai Suspension Bridge and delicious home cooked food - what more could you ask for? The varied menu includes all the gastro-pub staples plus several imaginative vegetarian options. (Dog friendly)
Black Cat Cafe, near Caernarfon
Set in the grounds of the beautiful Glynllifon Country Park, this quaint cafe is the perfect spot for tea and cake after a good romp around the grounds. With a dedicated vegan menu and cakes to-die-for, this little gem will have you coming back for seconds. (Dog friendly)
Ouzo and Olive, Caernarfon
Greet taverna in the centre of historic Caernarfon, serving vegetarian and non-veggie Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Mention you're a vegan and they will do their best to accommodate you too. The £15 set menu is really popular and great value for money.
Caffi Sam, Llanberis
A simple menu prepared with love, that's how we sum up the food in Caffi Sam. With a fantastic selection of dishes catering for meat and non-meat eaters (including veggie, vegan, raw and gluten-free), this is a great spot for a pre- or post-hike bite to eat. (Dog friendly)
We're always on the lookout for somewhere new so if we've missed your favourite eatery, let us know and we'll give it a try!