Blog o Gymru : Conwy
We often focus on the ‘Jones’ aspect of our name, but we thought we’d spend a little more time on the ‘o Gymru’ side and reflect on why this means so much to us.
Yes. ‘o Gymru’ means ‘from Wales’ which of course correctly states where we are from, but it means so much more. We are proud to be ‘o Gymru’ and this drives all that we do. When we think of this in terms of our surroundings, we have so much to be thankful for. So, we thought we’d highlight some of the locations - towns, cities, coastlines and mountains - that we love and believe you will enjoy when you’re here in Wales.
This is by no means a comprehensive selection, purely a random sample, a brief snapshot, of what we like in Wales and makes us proud to be ‘o Gymru’.
And whilst we’re at it, we might give you an idea where to find our ‘JonesoGymru’ products, to help make your visit that extra special!
With its historic castle, busy quayside and wonderful views up the estuary towards Llandudno’s Great Orme, Conwy is a must visit.
There really is so much to see and do in this lovely town, from the 13th Century castle , the Elizabethan Plas Mawr for something on a smaller scale, the Smallest House in Britain is on the quayside. The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art is located in Conwy- a centre of excellence for art in Wales with a wonderful gallery.
With plenty of car parking nearby, you are free to roam the narrow streets and mooch around the interesting variety of shops, coffee bars, pubs and restaurants.
If ice cream is your thing, then Parisella’s on the High Street is the place for you to choose your favourite flavour, before ambling down through the archway to the quay. There’s plenty to look at down here, but keep an eye out for those seagulls!
Some very popular pubs in town if you start to get thirsty, with the Albion Ale House catching our eye and offering a range of local beers in a relaxed atmosphere.If wine is your drink of choice, look no further than Vinamondo a lovely wine shop with welcoming, knowledgeable staff and a lovely wine garden to the rear for you to sample the goods - you might find some Jones crisps there too!
An extensive selection of places to eat can be found here, with the popular Castle Hotel on the High Street. We also note with interest the new kid on the block,The Jackdaw ( any one born within the town walls is known as a Jackdaw) with Nick Rudge bringing some of his Heston Blumenthal experience here to North Wales. But if you just need to grab something to eat as you walk around or plan a picnic, there are some wonderful bakeries, with Isaac Simeon offering some delicious artisan patisserie. It goes without saying that a town geared for tourists should have some excellent Fish ‘n Chips and Conwy is no exception - try the Fisherman’s on Castle Street or The Archway on Bangor Road.
Conwy is a great holiday base with a range of activities nearby - the close proximity of the A55 expressway enabling you to visit locations a little further afield with ease, such as Snowdonia and Anglesey. Plenty of golf courses to choose from locally, with Conwy Golf Club the stand-out, and the wonderful Conwy Marina for the sailors. Bodnant Gardens are also nearby, always worth a visit at any time of year - more of this in a later blog.
We hope you enjoyed this snapshot of Conwy, but more importantly, enjoy your visit when you come, hopefully with some Jones o Gymru snacks!