Bustling local with bar and spacious dining areas, tasty food, real ales and helpful staff
The good pub guide review
This beguilingly picturesque old village pub is tucked away at a crossing of narrow lanes in quiet hilly countryside above Colwyn Bay: if the several centuries' worth of history in the current building were not enough, know that a dwelling of some sort has been on this site for 1,200 years. There are two distinct parts to the pub, linked by a broad flight of steps, and each has its own cheery personality. Up at the top is a very spacious and neat dining area; at the other end is a traditional old bar with antique high-backed settles fitting snugly around a big fireplace, and flagstones by the counter. The likes of Marstons Saddle Tank and Weetwood Eastgate are on handpump, alongside farm cider, more than 25 wines by the glass, 15-plus gins including Welsh ones and ten malt whiskies, served by helpful staff. Off to the left is another dining room with jugs hanging from beams and teapots above the windows; background music and board games. An outdoor courtyard (also used for parking) has tables and chairs.
The good pub guide food review
The popular food includes lunchtime sandwiches and hot baguettes, plus piri-piri garlic prawns, a pie of the day, chicken curry, fish pie, burger with toppings, home-made barbecue sauce and chips, chickpea and sweet potato coconut curry, goats cheese and walnut salad with honey and wholegrain mustard dressing, and puddings such as Belgian waffle with ice-cream and toffee sauce and apple pie.
White Lion, Llanelian, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 8YA
Weekdays: 11.30-3.30 & 6-11 Mon-Thurs, 11.30-3.30, 5-11 Fri
Saturday: 11.30-3.30, 5-11