The tiny beach with a 'world class' pub worth the drive from Greater Manchester

The Ty Coch Inn is nestled in a scenic sandy cove in Porthdinllaen
The Ty Coch Inn is nestled in a scenic sandy cove in Porthdinllaen -Credit:Ian Cooper/North Wales Live

Dotted along the coastline of North Wales are dozens of picturesque beaches, but one of them stands out in particular as its home to one of the best pubs in Wales. Ty Coch Inn is a small red-brick pub nestled in a sandy cove on the north coast of the Llyn peninsula.

The pub has over 800 ‘excellent’ and ‘very good’ reviews and an overall TripAdvisor rating of four out of five. Ty Coch Inn boasts views across the Irish Sea and the Snowdonia mountain range, the location has been described by reviewers as “world class”, “unrivalled” and “a bucket list for those seeking a quiet escape”, Wales Online reports.

Located in the coastal fishing village of Porthdinllaen in Gwynedd, it’s one of a handful of buildings on the small idyllic jut of land, and sits on the sandy curved shores of an area of outstanding natural beauty. Wales Online also featured it in its guide to the 50 best pubs in Wales.

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Porthdinllaen is around a two-and-a-half hour drive from Manchester, but it's well worth the journey - although it doesn’t end there. The nearest car park to the pub is a 20 minute walk away, making it one of the most remote pubs in the UK.

The Ty Coch Inn on the beach at Porthdinllaen
It overlooks a scenic sandy cove -Credit:Ian Cunliffe/CC BY-SA 2.0

Parking at Morfa Nefyn, owned by the National Trust, visitors to the pub can either walk on a footpath through Nefyn Golf Club, or at low tide, can choose the scenic route across the beach. One visitor described the beach walk as “glorious” and said the pub was “one of the best inns on any beach in the world”. Another described it as a "hidden gem."

They added: "If you like something quirky, off the beaten track and with a stunning location then this is the place for you." Those who enjoy a longer walk can also follow the Porthdinllaen marine trail, a four-kilometre round trip which will take you from Morfa Nefyn, across the beach to Ty Coch and further along the coast to some rock pools where grey seals are frequently spotted fishing along the coastline.

Ty Coch Inn
Ty Coch Inn -Credit:Ian Cooper

The inn itself offers a range of the usual pub drinks, with a selection of beers, wine and ciders along with light bites, snacks and sandwiches, which can be enjoyed inside the small bar or in the outdoor covered searing area. One visitor praised the staff for being “friendly, helpful and spot on” and the Ploughman’s lunch as “absolutely off the charts”.

Even without the food and drink, which others described as “great value for money” and “excellently authentic”, the “lovely vibe and cosy atmosphere” is enough to attract visitors from across the world. Fiona Everette, an Australian who writes a blog about her travels, described Ty Coch Inn as Wales’ best kept secret: “It does take a lot to impress an Australian when it comes to beaches, but this is one of the best bars in Wales,” wrote Fiona in her blog, Atlas Introspective. “The effort required to reach this charming pub does contribute to a certain atmosphere,” she added. “But it is precisely the isolation that makes the location so appealing.”

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