WHERE TO EAT IN SWANSEA? QUINTESSENTIALLY WELSH RESTAURANTS
If you’re in Swansea for any length of time then you’ll want to experience some of the culinary delights that the seafront town has to offer. Where to start is always the biggest question. There are so many gastro pubs, fine restaurants, quaint cafes and diners, that picking the perfect location can be quite tricky. Here’s a guide to the best places to eat in Swansea:
From Swansea’s best-kept secret to the number one place to eat in the city, Slice may be small but it’s a place you’ll never forget! The owner/ head chef Philip Leach prepares lip-smackingly delicious meals from a menu that only uses locally sourced products, including herbs from his very own garden! The opening hours are currently Thursday to Sunday between 6.30pm-9pm, so you’ll have to be quick in order to get a table.
MAES YR HAF, PARKMILL
This award winning fine-dining hotel restaurant is another great Swansea restaurant that uses local produce and ingredients to achieve success in the kitchen. Everything from the seafood, meat and vegetables are all Welsh grown and bred, even the ales and lagers available are locally sourced. These all contribute to a stunning, modestly priced menu that brings in tourists and locals alike. Why not get a room and really enjoy the stunning range of Welsh beers and wines?
JUNCTION CAFÉ, BLACKPILL
Enjoy some of the best views in Swansea, looking over Mumbles bay, while treating yourself to something off the Junction’s delightful menu. If you’re looking for a truly Welsh eatery then you won’t get much better than the Junction Café which was lovely converted from the generating station for the World-Famous Mumbles train service. There is an extensive menu to please even the pickiest of eaters, you can even book ahead for large parties and have a menu tailored to you.
THE KITCHEN TABLE, MUMBLES
If you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience then The Kitchen Table is the place to be. Keeping the original features of the pottery shop that it is housed in, it creates a great atmosphere to match the mouth-watering menu. There’s nothing extravagant about the food itself, however it is immaculately made from locally sourced ingredients. The Kitchen Table is also very vegetarian and vegan friendly, which is great for anyone with these specific dietary requirements.
PEN Y CAE INN, SWANSEA VALLEY
Yet another quintessentially Welsh dining destination, the Pen Y Cae Inn is without a doubt the best place in Swansea Valley for locally sourced food. If you’re looking for the traditional country-pub style that’s matched with a homemade menu then this gastro pub is definitely worth a visit. The food here is so good that the Pen Y Cae won the ‘Gastro Pub of the Year’ and ‘Best Pub of the Year’ in 2009 and gained the title ‘Best Family Pub in Wales’ in 2010. These five restaurants all specialise in finding the best ingredients to be found in Wales and creating fantastic menus. If you want a truly Welsh experience then there’s nothing quite like eating in one of these fantastic locations to get a real taste of Cymru.
THE DRAGON BRASSERIE, SWANSEA
Of course we couldn’t finish this list without mentioning our award-winning Dragon Brasserie! Located smack-bang in the middle of Swansea, on the street level of our Hotel, it is the perfect place to visit for anyone looking for a delicious bite to eat in the city centre. We have a great range of European cuisine and a huge selection of wines. There is a very light atmosphere in the restaurant, thanks to our floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you to enjoy a bustling view as you relax in style with friends, families or colleagues.