Our favourite Craft Beer Pubs

Where is your favourite real ale pub? Finding a great pint can be a serious – and tasty –  endeavour, and the good news is that you’re never too far away from a good beer in North Wales.

Our region is a hive of brewing activity, including Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog, Snowdon Craft Brewery here in Conwy and the Wild Horse Brewing Co in Llandudno.

So from our top micro-breweries to the best cosy-log-fire pubs to sup in, we thought we’d do a quick round up of our favourites. Keep on reading to find out where they are.


Conveniently, the Albion Ale House in Conwy is just a short stroll from Castleview Cottage.  It is a joint venture between four great North Wales breweries, so you can sup and sample some of the rich variety of beers on offer in this region without having to move very far.  The Purple Moose Brewery, Great Orme Brewery, Bragdy Nant Brewery, and Conwy Brewery have combined forces to offer a great array of beers. There’s a decent wine menu, and nibbles on offer too. Expect a characterful and friendly pub, with a cracking log fire and a warm welcome for dogs. 

The Albion, Upper Gate Street, Conwy LL32 8RF


The Erskine Arms is a traditional Georgian coaching inn nestled within the medieval walls of Conwy. It’s just a stone’s throw from King Edward I’s imposing medieval fortress, Conwy Castle. With chunky old furniture, rugs and open fires, the Erskine is exactly what you’d want from a traditional Welsh inn. This place has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, and the bar boasts a great selection of local beers, with a minimum of six real ales on tap. Expect to see local breweries and microbreweries well represented, including the popular ‘Clogwyn Gold’ from Conwy Brewery, which is less than 10 miles away. Dogs are welcome.

The Erskine Arms, Rosehill Street, Conwy LL32 8LD


The Ship Inn is an 280-year-old pub set in a perfect location, overlooking the beautiful Red Wharf Bay on the northwest coast of Anglesey. Facing east on the lee side of a hill, it is protected from the prevailing winds and catches the morning and afternoon sun perfectly. It is difficult to imagine a better place to enjoy high quality food and real ale, whether it is taken outside at the picnic tables or inside in the cosy bars or restaurant areas. The whole place exudes charm and warmth, and there are plenty of great walks straight out of the door.

The Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey, LL75 8RJ


The Purple Moose / Y Bragdy Mws Piws is a ’40 barrel’ micro-brewery based in the historic harbour town of Porthmadog, and The Australia, Porthmadog, is its brewery tap. A showcase for the brewery’s excellent range of cask, keg and bottled beers, you can expect an extensive range of IPA’s, dark beers and session ales. This is a real taste of North Wales – look out for The Dark Side of the Moose, Elderflower Ale, Glaslyn Ale, Madog’s Ale, Snowdonia Ale as well as seasonal specials. In addition to the Purple Moose beers on offer, you’ll find a variety of lagers as well as an extensive gin list. And the home-cooked food is delicious. The brewery tour is £10 per person, including tastings at the brewery and a pint at The Australia. You might want to take your time here! The Australia is dog-friendly (but the brewery tour is not!). 

The Australia, 31-35 High Street, Porthmadog, LL49 9LR


The newest option for craft beers in Conwy, located off Lancaster Square.  An extensive range of beers and dogs are welcome.


Sitting on a sheltered sandy bay at Porthdinllaen, and with stunning views over Yr Eifl to the Snowdonia mountains, this wonderful North Wales pub is regularly name-checked as being one of the best beach bars in the world. Park at the Nefyn Golf Club car park and follow the well-marked path over the course, it will take you around 15 minutes to get to the pub. With covered outside seating and the sound of waves lapping the shore, it really is the most perfect place for a pint. But it’s not all about the location! The Ty Coch Inn rotates a consistently excellent real ale selection, so you will always find something local and delicious on tap as well as an excellent selection of bottled beers. Visit at lunchtime to enjoy delicious home-cooked food including one of the best ploughman’s around, delicious mackerel paté, and other freshly prepared sandwiches and snacks. The Ty Coch Inn has limited opening hours in the low season, so it may be worth checking the pub’s website or social media before you visit. Well behaved dogs are welcome inside the pub, there are usually lots of happy dogs running along the beach.

The Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Morfa Nefyn, LL53 6DB


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