Restaurant review: The Eden Tea Rooms – Llandudno, North Wales


Owned by David and Margaret Sales, The Eden Tea Rooms is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Llandudno’s town centre and the busy North Shore Promenade near the Pier. Situated on the West Shore close to the Great Orme, the tea rooms overlook a boating lake and children’s play area, with the beach just a short distance behind.

From light snacks to hot main meals The Eden Tea Rooms offer something to tempt even the most fussiest of eaters, alongside a wide range of hot and cold drinks. The menu includes daily specials, snacks, homemade cakes and ice cream locally sourced from Parisella’s of Conwy. Click here to see The Eden Tea Rooms’ full menu.

Coeliacs are more than catered for at The Eden Tea Rooms, with a special gluten- and wheat-free menu featuring almost as much choice as the standard menu.

I am visiting The Eden Tea Rooms with a friend whilst staying in nearby Bangor. We arrive at around 1.30pm and we manage to get a seat next to the window, which offers awe-inspiring views of the Conwy Estuary, with the mountain peaks of Snowdonia and Anglesey both visible. We can see melting snow on the peaks, which is strange for this time of year, but that just goes to show how cold the weather’s been up until recently.

 

We are sitting in a medium-sized room and the walls are covered in a cream wallpaper interspersed with red and green patterns, whilst the floor is carpeted in a light brown. The shiny, polished wooden tables are paired with matching chairs which have red and brown striped cushions. Upon each table sits a small white vase holding sprigs of lavender and fuschia-coloured flowers, teamed with stainless steel salt and pepper pots. A traditional, brass ceiling light casts a warm glow over the dining area whilst small, landscape pictures and paintings hang on the walls.

 

One of the first things we notice about The Eden Tea Rooms is the friendly customer service. The waitress is well-presented and her glowing smile and conversation really make us feel at home. As she seats us at our table she kindly asks us if we’d like any drinks. After a long walk along the promenade I’m drawn to a cappucino, whilst my friend orders a latte (both £2.20).

Within no more than five minutes, a frothy cappucino is placed in front of me in a dainty white cup sitting upon an elegant paper doily on a saucer. The coffee is freshly ground and tastes deliciously rich, whilst the chocolate sprinkles on top of the froth make for a tasty finishing touch.

My friend’s latte is served in a glass mug which reveals shades of colour right through from white to chocolate brown beginning at the bottom of the glass and travelling upwards in a gradient, finishing with a thick, foamy layer.

The sea air has left me feeling famished, and nothing makes for a more fitting sea-side lunch than some fish. I order deep-fried cod with chips and peas (£6.25), served with a wedge of lemon and a vibrant side salad. The fish is tender and succulent and I can tell it has been sourced locally because it is so fresh. The chips are perfectly crispy on the outside yet soft and flavoursome on the inside, just how they should be, whilst the salad is refreshingly crunchy.

The waitress tells us that some people travel for miles to visit The Eden Tea Rooms because of how good their Welsh Rarebit (£4.75) is, and so my friend is keen to give it a go. The dish consists of four triangles of toasted bread, smothered in mounds of grilled cheese mixed with wholegrain mustard. Accompanied by a salad of tomatoes, red onions, red cabbage, red and green pepper, lettuce and cucumber, this is an excellent, traditional version of one of Wales’s favourite comfort foods. I can totally understand why people are willing to travel so far just to eat some Welsh Rarebit at The Eden Tea Rooms.

 
After hearing that The Eden Tearooms make all of their own cakes and puddings, we just can’t face leaving before dessert. The waitress recommends the Mars Bake cake, one of the chef’s personal creations. She tells us that she had been wondering what they were like and when the chef invited her to take one home to try, she didn’t take much persuading. Joking that they probably contain, “about a million calories”, the waitress shows that she can build up a genuine rapport with young guests as well as the elderly, who seem to make up the majority of customers.
 

Her advice hasn’t been wrong so far and so I opt for the Mars Bar cake (£1.75), which is served with a knife because it is quite dense and chunky. The base is crunchy and I think it may have contained cornflakes, along with mini pink marshmallows. This is followed by a thick layer of sweet caramel, topped with lashings of melted Mars chocolate. Chewy and chocolatey, the cake is full of bite and the texture is extremely more-ish. If I lived in Llandudno I think I’d end up getting rather fat off these – I wouldn’t be able to keep away from them!

 

For her dessert, my friend chooses the lemon drizzle cake (£2.25). This is a moist, citrus sponge with a golden brown crust sprinkled with plenty of sugar. Although I didn’t taste it for myself, it looked very appetising and my guest really enjoyed it.

 
If you are visiting Llandudno I highly recommend popping along to The Eden Tea Rooms to enjoy a warm welcome, with home-cooked food, value for money and cosy surroundings. Don’t just stick to the busier North Shore Promenade – although a walk along the beautiful Victorian Pier is a must, it’s surprising what you can find hidden away down the quieter West Coast of the Promenade. The Eden Tea Rooms can also cater for larger groups and offer a guest-room service, both pre-bookable in advance. Disabled access is provided throughout.

The Eden Tea Rooms
West Parade
Llandudno
LL30 2BB
(01492) 873 596
www.edentearooms.co.uk  

I was invited to The Eden Tea Rooms as a guest and our food and drinks were complimentary.

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