Monday, 23 April 2012

Blaenau – a vegetarian’s oasis

John and Sandra stay in our cottage for four or five weeks each year, they love this part of Wales and make the most of every day, whatever the weather. Long walks combined with a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway and lunch at a local cafe.

A plate of golden veg at the end of the rainbow
We thought they came back just because of our lovely cottage, but one of the many reasons is the great selection of vegetarian meals. Unlike their home town, with a chain pub offering just one or two unexciting options, Blaenau provides choice and great taste.

One of their favourites is De Niros, run by Kevin and Sue. The specials blackboard usually contains six vegetarian dishes with recent favourites being: roasted vegetables in honey with rice, nut roast, brie and spinach crumble.

They also like Bridge Cafe where Gaile serves great food including vegetable lasagne and John’s favourite after a long walk, chips, cheese and baked beans.  Between De Niros and Bridge Cafe, tucked away above the main street, they have also enjoyed CellB – the old police station now converted to cafe and venue for events complete with lock-up cells.

Just a stop down the line is the Lakeside Cafe at Tanygrisiau. Lots of options here but a favourite is the all day vegetarian breakfast complete with vegetarian sausages and lots of mushrooms.

I had never realised Blaenau was such an oasis for vegetarians.

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