As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Gower, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of places to eat in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in south Wales.
You won't go hungry in a place so proud of their local fare. This tiny peninsula is teeming with foodies producing wonderful things to eat, from fresh off the boat seafood to local lamb, homemade cakes and brownies, Gower coffee, locally-brewed beer and time-honoured favourites such as cockles and seaweed.
The trickiest past is picking what to sample next. From cute cafes and hearty pub fare to a slap-up beachside restaurant, our pick of the best places to eat will tempt you to theme your whole trip around Gower's gourmet delicacies.
The King's Head, Llangennith, Gower
The village of Llangennith has moorland one one side, the sea on the other and a tiny village green in the middle where this lovely ivy-clad pub presides over all that goes on. It's a haven after a day on the blustery coast, and the menu offers local specials married with European flavours, all in big portions and often for under £10. Inside you'll find a mix of walkers, surfers and locals chatting over coffee or something stronger, and the staff are charming too - we recommend. kingsheadgower.co.uk
King Arthur Hotel Restaurant, Reynoldston, Gower
On the edge of the moor in the picture postcard village of Reynoldston, the King Arthur is the stuff pub fantasies were made of. Inside the snug bar is a big, ever-blazing fire, a tasty menu full of local fare (the catch of the day is always a good bet) and a fantastic selection of local ales. Peek out the window and you may spot a moorland pony or two wandering past this idyllic spot. kingarthurhotel.co.uk
The Britannia Inn Llanmadoc, Gower
The stone-walled, low-beamed interior of this friendly little pub is very nice indeed, but we'd encourage you not to go inside at all - in fine weather the glorious view from the outdoor terrace over the Loughor Estuary has to be seen to be believed. A gawp at the scenery goes very nicely with a cold pint on a hot day. That said, the Britannia is wonderful in winter too, and a big bowl of their homemade rabbit casserole will warm up the coldest explorer. britanniainngower.co.uk
The Worm's Head Restaurant, Rhossili, Gower
If you like your dinner with a side of glorious view, pull up a pew at the Worm's Head, where the restaurant's huge windows look down on beautiful Rhossili Bay and sets of waves crashing on the sand. If you're after a quick bite to eat, though, we'd recommend nipping into the Helvetia bar next door to the restaurant, where they serve the same menu in a cosier pub setting - there's an outdoor terrace if you need more of a fix of that incredible vista. thewormshead.co.uk
Oxwich Bay Hotel Restaurant, Oxwich, Gower
Make sure you arrive early for a pre-dinner stroll along lovely Oxwich Bay - we reckon the delicious menus the hotel's restaurant prides itself on will taste even better afterwards. Portions are beautifully presented and thought out at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, and the wine list is well paired with the menu. The best is saved for last - these are puddings you'll dream about afterwards. Cheerful, knowledgable staff and a relaxed setting make this a great pick for a Saturday night treat. oxwichbayhotel.co.uk
Cariad Cafe, Penclawdd, Gower
Cariad means 'darling' in Welsh, and it's a fitting moniker for this sweet cafe, sandwiched in a row of pastel-coloured terraces in Penclawdd. Pop in for a coffee and a hefty slice of cake or one of the comforting specials - you can't go wrong with bangers and mash. In the evening Cariad is transformed into a bistro, and the simple but lovingly made three-course menu is a steal at £22.95 per person. Make sure you leave room for the salted caramel tart. cariadcafe.com
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