Most outlets source products locally and people can typically relish food such as tender cuts of Welsh lamb, beef, pork or game. Visitors won't have to travel far for cakes and bread hot from the oven - or for farm-fresh cheese or real ale that is exclusive to Snowdonia.

In recent years, there has been a concerted drive to renovate and modernise a lot of accommodation in the area, and newly refurbished cottages such as Ty Nant are a breath of fresh air in a wilderness of tired properties.

There has also been a corresponding rise in the number of restaurants and cafes too. Three recent additions to the local listings include the Bwyd y Brenin cafe in the Coed-y-Brenin, the Cross Foxes, Dolgellau and the Bywty Mawddach restaurant in Llanelltyd. The latter restaurant happens to be run by an acclaimed celebrity chef, Ifan Dunn, who cut his teeth in top class restaurants in Cardiff. He has also featured regularly on Welsh TV in addition appearing in a Visit Wales television advertising campaign.

But the region has also held on to many star players which include the 500 year old former coaching, the Tyn-y-Groes, near Dolgellau. A one time favourite of former Liberal prime minister, William Gladstone (mentioned in the hotel registration book), whom was said to have enjoyed walking from here all the way along the coastal road to Barmouth, and back again - and then enjoying a glass of his favourite whisky.

Outlined are a broad range of cafes, pubs and restaurants that are all within an easy drive of Ty Nant. They vary in location from Dolgellau to the sunny seaside resorts of Fairbourne Barmouth and beyond.