The map was consulted in an attempt to find the best place to base ourselves for our Bank Holiday weekend in Wales – Porthmadog was picked. This turned out to be a great place and base to explore this corner of Wales. A little seaside town, it grew up as a slate shipping port exporting slate from nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog. They describe it as the “gateway to the Llyn Peninsula”, we loved the unspoiled coastline and views of the wildflower covered hills.
We were a bit last minute with our booking and organising this trip, accommodation was proving to be a bit tricky to find but they did have availability at the Travelodge. In the past I have turned my nose up at this establishment (without trying it) but decided to give it a go.
We drove through the town, spotted a few shops, a nice harbour and a couple of restaurants. The Travelodge was slightly out of the centre of town – a ten minute walk – but we didn’t mind this and it was easy going. The hotel was actually fine, the receptionist and all staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful which always makes for a good start. We checked into our room on the first floor and were suprised at how large it was. A big, comfortable double bed and sofa bed for Son but we did need to put the heating on when we arrived. Things soon warmed up nicely and we availed of the tea and coffee making facilities. A big bathroom with bath and shower well stocked with white fluffy towels – I was impressed.
Son announced he had a sore throat as soon as we arrived in the room and was just a couple of degrees under the weather the whole time. We decided on our first evening because of that not to venture out to eat in a restaurant. Instead we drove into Porthmadog and found a fish and chip shop on the main street – Lily’s – we took the food back to the car and ate there. Very tasty and nice, we then found a supermarket and stocked up on some medicine for Son. No breakfast facilities at the Travelodge but there was an Aldi and Lidl right next door. We bought juice, fruit and bread and ate in our room. There was a cafe nearby too which served cheap and reasonable looking breakfasts, not open on Sundays though and we weren’t hungry enough on Monday so didn’t try it out.
On our second evening in the town we walked back from the hotel towards the harbour and had dinner in the Ship. Recommended by the hotel receptionist, it was extremely busy at 7pm on a Sunday and we got the last table. Warnings from the waitress about a long wait for the food – it actually didn’t seem too bad, we sipped wine and enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere. A hearty and wholesome pub dinner was just the perfect way to end a cold and wet day.