Llandudno is fantastic, it’s such an idyllic place to go for a break away in The north of Wales. Only a short distance away from Conwy and it’s iconic castle and famous for its pier and the Great Orme Tramway, the top of which has stunning views once you get to the top of the Orme! With the summer holidays approaching, it’s set to see visiting numbers soar. But what if you’re coeliac?
I don’t know about you, but I kind of base my holidays around where I can eat safely. Thanks to the gluten free community online, you can ask for suggestions, and get a list of places to eat within minutes!
However, going to Llandudno was one of these breaks where I didn’t really plan or research where to eat, I’d only heard of one place to eat through facebook groups. So going with the flow, I thought I would see what we could find.
James booked our hotel on the impression that we would go out to eat breakfast. But that wasn’t the case. On booking the Bryn Derwen B&B, the owners emailed us back straight away to ask if we had any dietary requirements. When we arrived, Lynn and Mark had our booking details ready and explained to us that they had gluten free white and brown bread, gluten free cereals. They could also do a gluten free sausage for the Full English, it takes about 20 minutes to prepare and cook safely, which was fantastic.
The room we had was very quiet, had a modern and clean bathroom, and the rooms had wifi and a smart TV so we could watch some Netflix for a while before heading to bed. Oh and speaking of bed, the bedside tables had these gorgeous little truffles on them, from a local chocolate shop Maisie’s. Mark and Lynn were fantastic hosts and I recommend staying there not only for gluten free breakfast, but because they were so accommodating and had friendly.
I’m on a Facebook group dedicated to gluten free fish and chips, and I knew of Barnacles in Llandudno. It’s a short walk from the sea front, and they offer gluten free fish and chips, as well as a full menu. The menu includes gluten free battered sausage, chicken nuggets, Cornish pasty, and steak pie, to name the least. It is brilliant. They also have a vegan menu too, which is just fab. Price wise, my regular cod, chips and gluten free curry sauce was around £8, which is probably the price you’d expect from a high quality seaside chippy. I really enjoyed them, the batter was lovely and crispy and had a nice golden colour to it.
Gluten Free Ice Cream at the Great Orme Summit.
We took a trip on the tram to the top of the Great Orme to look at the stunning views, and had a brew in the little cafe. The day before, I had been looking for somewhere that does gluten free ice cream in a cone, and seen on TripAdvisor that an ice cream parlour on the front did it. We went in and there were crumbs from Jaffa cakes and biscuit flavours all in the ice cream, and they didn’t have gluten free cones either.
Back to the Great Orme Summit, and James noticed that they had gluten free soft scoop ice cream AND cones, so we couldn’t give it a miss. I know a lot of you avoid soft scoop ice cream as often it can be contaminated from crumbs. But, the facility was spotless, and I would have avoided it if I felt it wasn’t safe. The staff who handled mine made sure to wash his hands, use a clean scoop and kept the cone a safe distance away from the ice cream flavours. I chose the caramel fudge flavour, which was sooo good!
On a quick google in the hotel room of restaurants that had a gluten free menu, we came across Johnny Dough’s and it’s wood fired pizza. They have gluten free bases for an extra £1, and they can substitute any cheese for a dairy free alternative if you are gluten and dairy free, or vegan. I opted for the Great Orme Goat’s Cheese pizza with caramelised onion and peppers and it was so delicious, I loved it. The base was just right too, not too doughy and not super crispy like some pizza places I’ve been to where you can’t cut the base. It was just right!
Gluten Free Cake at The Lemon Tree Tea Rooms.
We popped in here just for a pot of tea before leaving to go home. I didn’t expect to see a huge honk of gluten free chocolate fudge cake at all, but I enjoyed it. I had a look at their menu and they can do a gluten free afternoon tea, sandwiches and even a gluten free breakfast. How great is that?
Honestly, these places were so great! I love finding gluten free eateries off the cuff, sometimes they are the best places. If you’re heading to Llandudno this summertime, be sure to check these places out!
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