THE BEST PLACES TO DINE IN SWANSEA BAY, MUMBLES & GOWER
The Swansea Bay area is filled with some of the best places to dine in Wales. There are an array great restaurants, bars and cafes to dine in whatever your tastebuds desire. Seafood is in abundance due to the areas proximity to the coast. Opting for independent, locally sourced, and seasonal cuisine is key here to support the area as well as promoting sustainable practice.
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The Best Places to Dine for Coffee & Cake
Bibby’s Coffee Van Mumbles Bay
Locate the purple van on the Mumbles Bay seafront and grab a coffee and Welsh cakes, take a pew and enjoy! Just simple great coffee, oat milk available and service comes with a huge smile sip on your coffee and watch the promenading of the locals.
Address: Mumbles Bay sea front (just look for the purple van)
Penllergare Café, Pennlergare Valley Woods
An open space overlooking the pretty woodland gardens at Penllergare is a friendly and welcoming coffee shop serving the best in homemade cakes and their own speciality blend of coffee, and other hot and cold drinks. There’s a great variety of options for vegetarians as well as vegans in the form of sweet treats but also are well versed in Soya and oatmeal milks for your hot beverage requirements.
A great stop to refuel post walk or before your trek, they even do special ice-cream and treats for the doggies!
Additionally the café is staffed by super friendly Queens Award winning volunteers who do a sterling job.
My recommendation is a hot chocolate or latte with a classic Victoria sponge or chocolate and toffee shortbread slice!
Address: Penllergare Valley Woods. Penllergaer. Swansea S44 9GS. Tel: 01792 344224. Website:
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Best Places to Dine for Brunch or Anytime
The Lookout Rhossili
Owned by two local lads, Steve & Simon, this cosy and cute café and shop is all sourcing and serving seasonal and local produce including delicious locally baked sweet treats. Set in the most beautify location in Gower only a stone’s throw from Rhossili beach, expect locally made ice-cream, award winning artisan pasties, sandwiches and paninis, Welsh Brew Tea, the famous Gower Coffee, Cold drinks, Welsh gifts and souvenirs and beach essentials. Oh and they also do a a special sunset pizza offer.
The staff are super friendly, helpful and the personal service is excellent with lots of local tips thrown in. The coffees are superb too!
The perfect refuelling spot after walking out to Worm’s head or the beach.
Be-lavie recommendation: veggie or regular full breakfast is a great option not forgetting a raspberry and white chocolate blondie to go for your onward journey!
Address: 1 Bay View Rhossili SA3 1PN. Tel: 01792 391696. Website
Read Reviews & Book: The Lookout
Morgan’s Hotel, Swansea
If you’re staying at the Morgan’s Hotel, in Swansea, it’s probably likely that you’ll experience a breakfast here as it comes included in your room rate. If you love a hotel breakfast then that’s all the more reason to stay here. The Morgans Hotel A grade II listed building, previously home to the port authority, the Swansea city hotel Morgans is brimming with character and charm and features forty two luxurious bedrooms, superb dining facilities and duo of contemporary bars. It is one of the oldest buildings remaining in the heart of Swansea with a great location in front of the Marina and Sail Bridge,
Breakfast at the Morgan includes a continental selection of fruit, yoghurts, cereals, pastries, juices, teas and coffee as well a cooked to order hot breakfast. This includes a full breakfast as well as a veggie one, pancakes and much more.
Address: Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR. Tel: 01792 484848. Website: The Morgan’s Hotel.
Read Reviews & Book: The Morgan’s Hotel, Swansea
The Best Places to Dine for Dinner & Lunch
El Pescuador, Swansea
A Spanish restaurant located on Swansea’s SA1 waterfront, serves up quite the storm in the form of locally sourced and sustainable produce, together with a fusion of authentic Spanish delicacies. The service is fab as is the knowledge of the staff and the freshest of flavours with great quality ingredients comes through.
Be-lavie Recommendations: A fine bottle of the Don Placero Rioja. To start, Padron peppers with homemade Mojo sauce or Calamari strips with aioli. For Mains, Roasted Cauliflower on a bed of Red Mojo Sauce Served with Fresh Tomato, Olives Salsa & Flaked Almonds accompanied by paprika fries or Whole Baked Bream “Al Sobre” cooked in a papillote style Stuffed with Samphire & Lemon Served on a bed of Roasted Peppers & Garlic, with a side of paprika new potatoes. For dessert, the Spanish Churros with Dipping Hot Chocolate for the win.
Address: Trawler Rd, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1LB. Tel: 01792 464947. Wesbite
Read Reviews & Book: El Pescuador
The Shared Plate, Mumbles
The Shared plate is a community interest company, which places people and food at its core. Their ethos is that good food should be shared by all without the cost of our planet or the lives of those working to produce it. The Shared Plate’s aim is quite simple, to provide delicious, sustainable sourced local food to the local community and visitors to the area. They truly are re-imagining the way the food system must be moving forwards, with local seasonal, low carbon and tasty food made on site. The Shared Plate also has a zero-waste shop so take your empty containers and stock up!
Be-lavie recommends, sampling from the specials board. Some great options included, Heres are some favourites, mushroom and tarragon soup with sourdough, crispy polenta cake with burnt tomato sauce and grand Padano, Local mussel and sweetcorn chowder, plum pudding. Oh and the blackberry mimosas are pretty good but alternatively they have a great selection of lemonade.
The ethos of The Shared Plate and the community work they are doing with reducing food waste it’s incredibly inspiring, which genuinely makes it one of the best places to dine in the area.
Address: 646 Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4EA. Tel: 01792 360500. Website
Read Reviews and Book: The Shared Plate, Mumbles
The Secret Garden Beach Bar & Restaurant, Swansea
Overlooking the very picturesque Swansea Bay, The Secret Garden prides itself on the modern design and quality food prepared fresh. The menu is very much a fine mix of contemporary and modern British with some authentic Welsh dishes too. A perfect spot for a date night – choose to sit inside in a booth, beside the heaters on the terrace or in the open bar area, you won’t be disappointed. Pop in for snacks and one of their fancy hot chocolates during the day or dine in style in the evening, the choice is yours.
Be-lavie Recommendations include the whitebait with tartare sauce and beetroot hummus and sourdough to start, followed by the halloumi burger, fries and fresh slaw or the grilled tuna with teriyaki glazed vegetables. Oh and for dessert the S’mores brownie with marshmallows or opt for the Crunchie hot chocolate!
Address: Mumbles Rd, Brynmill, Swansea SA2 0AY. Tel: 01792 439220. Website
Read Reviews & Book: The Secret Garden Beach Bar & Restaurant
The Best Places to Dine for Ice-cream
Forte’s Ice-Cream Parlour
Forte’s Ice Cream parlour is synonymous with Mumbles, first set up in 1936, and is quite the Mumbles constitution famous for its homemade recipe. The family business, run for three generations by the Macaris, is located overlooking Limeslade Bay with a stunning view looking out towards the sea.
Sit outside or take a seat indoors and sample the delicious ice-cream with views over Bracelet Bay. A great stop off to and from walking the coastal path to Langland Bay.
Be-lavie recommendations: Go wild and grab a double cone with a scoop of traditional creamy strawberry and a second scoop of orange Baileys!
Giving its location Forte’s may be one of the best places to grab a local ice-cream before, during or at the end of your walk along the coastal path!
Address: 1 Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4JT. Tel: 01792 368863. Website
Read Reviews & Book: Forte’s Ice-cream Parlour
Here you have a great line-up of the best places to dine in Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower you’ ll be spoilt for choice. There literally is something for everyone suiting all dietary requirements from meat-eaters, veggies to vegans. The stand-out thing is the homely atmosphere, welcoming hospitality and the freshest of local ingredients on offer.
These particular establishments have made it on to the best places to dine spots on Swansea Bay due to the commitment and passion they have in serving great local cuisine to locals and visitors alike.
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