Finding a decent restaurant at the beach has always been a bit of a challenge. But in recent years Britain's top chefs have tried to reverse that trend with beachside bistros popping up across our coastlines, providing an alternative option to the old seaside stalwarts. In 2015 Bryn Williams added his name to the list with the opening of his second restaurant, Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias.
A northern Wales native, Bryn has earned a reputation for immaculate, modern European cooking, which he developed at his highly regarded restaurant Odette’s in London’s Primrose Hill. At Porth Eirias his kitchen is closer than ever to the incredible Welsh produce he meticulously sources for Odette’s; located on the beachfront of Colwyn Bay, the bistro’s large glass facade offers visitors sweeping panoramic views of the Irish Sea. The decor is tastefully contemporary with exposed light fittings dangling over wooden tables and large, rusting fish hooks lining the top of the restaurant’s large open plan kitchen.
Bryn has created an informal, unfussy space which the front of house staff enforce with their friendly, relaxed service. Guests can pop in for a coffee, enjoy a late breakfast or sample a few small plates at the bar. Local ingredients such as Menai oysters and Conwy mussels feature throughout the menu, and the bistro’s main courses offer a variety of nostalgic British favourites such as Smoked haddock, poached egg and crushed potatoes.
For thirsty beachgoers, the drinks menu includes a fine selection of British ales along with an impressive wine list. If that doesn’t hit the spot, visitors can indulge in a cocktail or two, made by one of Porth Eirias’ experienced bartenders.
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