Tuesday, 28 March 2017

My top 5 dining options at Bluestone Wales

Your self catering accommodation at Bluestone provides all of the equipment you need to create delicious meals yourself but if you're anything like me, I like to take a break from preparing meals and washing dishes on holiday and I love trying out new cafes and restaurants. 

For a resort that isn't super huge, Bluestone has a vast range of delicious dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. From freshly made pizzas and tasty pasta dishes at the Oak Tree Restaurant to takeaway fish and chips from The Chippy, there really is something for everyone! 

Little ones are not forgotten either, with children's menus, delicious treats and lunchbox meals available and colouring in sheets, crayons and magical settings to keep them entertained whilst you eat your meal. We are a family who dine out a lot and little touches like this are always very much appreciated! 

We ate out a fair bit on our last trip to Bluestone and so today I wanted to share five of my favourite dining options at the resort.  

Ty Coffi

Located in the village just by the playground. Ty Coffi is somewhere I was really looking forwards to trying this year as I had seen so many pictures of delicious looking cakes and treats over on instagram. It didn't let us down either, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy a sweet treat and a warm drink. The menu offers everything from delicious cream teas to sandwiches, baguettes, soups and quiches. The ice cream is incredible too, you absolutely must try it! 
The decor inside is gorgeous and the cafe has a really relaxed, friendly vibe. We had cream teas, ice cream, cakes and smoothies here.... everything was delicious! 

Wildwood Cafe

The Wildwood Cafe is located upstairs in the Adventure Centre. The lunch menu offers a pretty standard but delicious selection including burgers, jacket potatoes, baguettes and topped nachos. It also has a great kids menu! We've dined here a few times now, we really like the food which is always freshly made and tasty. The enchanted woodland theming is just magical for children (and adults!) too. 

Wildwood Cafe is also the destination for breakfast and evening dinner shows, which are held on certain dates throughout your stay. This is something we didn't get around to doing and I really regret it. Next time, this will be a 'must do' for us!

The Knights Tafarn

The Knights Tafarn was hands down my absolute favourite at Bluestone. Located in centre of the village, this 'country pub' offers a roaring log fire, a delicious menu, local ales and a welcoming family friendly vibe. We ate here quite a few times during our stay because, well, it was just fantastic!

The portion sizes here are generous and the menu is super varied offering everything from beer battered cod and chips to stir fries and traditional lamb cawl. Desserts are absolutely spot on too, I love a 'proper' pudding.... you just can't beat a treacle sponge and custard, can you?! 

Camp Smokey

We loved Camp Smokey which you'll find hidden amongst the tall pines tucked slightly out of the way. It's a lovely walk through the woods here from the village or down the steep path from the top of the resort. This gorgeous little venue offers dining with a difference. A whole range of experiences can be enjoyed at Camp Smokey including the "Smokey Joe Shindig" complete with loud music, wild dancing and foot stomping. We visited in the day and thoroughly enjoyed toasting marshmallows on the open fire and making chocolate smores. The perfect end to a lovely walk! 

The Village Shop

Finally, Newton Stores in the village. I know this is technically not a 'dining option' as such but this wonderful little grocery store is the perfect place to stock up on local treats to enhance your self catering experience. In addition to all your basic grocery needs (seriously, this shop is so well stocked!), this store sells a range of delicious cakes, yummy treats and a great selection of local drinks. Whenever we cooked meals in our lodge, we'd pop by the village store before to pick up some local ales and a sweet treat for dessert!


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