Food & Drinks in Bala (Y Bala)


This cracking craft-beer shop takes localism very seriously, stocking an enormous range of North Welsh beers, and focusing on the stori (story) of their production. With a tiny tap room out back, casks to fill your …
Drinks in Porthmadog

Purple Moose

This is the retail front for Purple Moose, an award-winning brewer supplying the better North Welsh pubs. Tipples include Snowdonia Ale, Madog's Ale, Glaslyn Ale, Dark Side of the Moose and the newest addition, Deca…
Food & Drinks in Llanberis

Snowdon Honey Farm & Winery

All manner of honey-related goodies are sold here, including a range of mead, graded Roman, Celtic or Medieval, depending on sweetness. There's also honey liqueur, homemade fudges, preserves and fruit wine and, if y…
Department Store in Porthmadog


Established in 1874, this independent store is a local institution. It stocks a limited range of household goods and clothing, but is worth checking out for its upstairs coffee shop and the stained-glass dome above …
Art in Porthmadog

Rob Piercy Gallery

This small commercial gallery showcases the work of Piercy, a local artist and mountaineer who specialises in watercolours of north Wales, particularly Snowdonia and Portmeirion.
Music in Porthmadog

Cob Records

A great little independent record shop (established in 1967) with a healthy collection of Welsh music, plenty of vinyl and a big mail-order presence.
Books in Ruthin

Ruthin Book Shop

A lovely old-school book shop – just the place for maps, local history and antiquarian tomes. Generally closes for half an hour around lunchtime.
Market in Dolgellau

Sunday Farmers' Market

A great opportunity to sample local cheese, honey, bread and fruit 'n' veg, and to meet the producers responsible.
Food in North Wales Borderlands

Rhug Estate Farm Shop

Slow-grown and grass-fed Welsh beef.