The Top 10 Best Restaurants in South Wales
South Wales is many things to many people. From its beautiful stretch of coastline, soaring mountain peaks and sweeping valleys, to vibrant cities, traditional towns and quaint villages, there’s so much to love about this corner of the UK. But did you know this part of Wales is also a great destination for food lovers? Perhaps you're new to the region, beginning your foodie journey or searching for a new South Wales restaurant to add to your well established list of favourites. Whichever it is, we’ve picked out our top 10 restaurants in South Wales for you to call in at.
The Walnut Tree
Just over 10 miles north of Usk in Llanddewi Skirrid, the Walnut Tree is an iconic Michelin-starred restaurant with a picture-perfect location in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. A real destination restaurant frequented both by regulars and those coming from afar for the scenery, chef Shaun Hill has been sending top-notch dishes out of the Walnut Tree’s kitchen for more than two decades.
Giardini Di Sorrento
If you’re searching for the best Italian restaurant in the Cardiff area, Giardini Di Sorrento is a must. This bustling eatery ranks among the top restaurants in the Welsh capital, serving up fresh homemade pasta and pizzas, as well as a host of other dishes and even their signature picnic hampers.
Over in Swansea, this brilliant restaurant is as popular for its stunning views across Oxwich Bay as its Michelin-starred food. Arguably the best restaurant South Wales has to offer if you’re after fine dining – with a bonus view of the sea – the Beach House specialises in locally-caught seafood with head chef Hywel Griffith passionate about supporting local fishermen and farmers.
Out in the suburbs of Swansea only a few miles from Loughor and new build developments like Chapel Fields, Slice is a fine example of good things coming in small packages. Perfectly formed and with the guarantee of a warm, personal greeting from owners Adam Bannister and Chris Harris and their staff, you can also be sure of expertly-cooked Welsh cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
Heading around the coast to the popular seaside town of Tenby, what better way to satisfy your hunger from all the fresh sea air than by devouring a nice steak or piece of fish? With plenty of other options available at this popular, intimate restaurant, the setting within an old coaching inn somewhat belies the vibrant, cosmopolitan fare on offer.
The Little Crown Inn & Restaurant
If you’re searching for some of the best Welsh pub grub in the Pontypool area, and maybe even a room for the night, the Little Crown is a must-visit. Hearty, wholesome food is the order of the day at this highly-rated haunt, which is known for its welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent real ale.
The Black Rabbit Laleston
Located in Bridgend little more than a mile from our Morgan’s Meadow site, the well-presented food at this restaurant is likely to have you coming back for more. Welsh rarebit is a star of the show, along with quirky takes on other classic British dishes.
Just inside the border with England, the Whitebrook is another eatery which comes with the assurance of a Michelin star. A beautifully remote setting within a picturesque valley leads to an inspirational experience all round, with environmentally-friendly chef and owner Chris Harrod sourcing 90% of his ingredients from within a 12-mile radius.
Nahar Indian Cuisine
This award-winning restaurant in Newcastle Emlyn is hard to beat if Indian is your favourite cuisine. Highly recommended by past customers and with a comprehensive menu catering for all tastes, Nahar is also known for its impeccable service.
Hare & Hounds
The final offering in our search for the best restaurant South Wales has to offer comes in the form of the Hare & Hounds in Aberthin. Only five miles north of our Parc Fferm Wen site in the St Athan area, this traditional British restaurant boasts more than 300 years of history and a Michelin Bib Gourmand award.