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Wrexham: Eating Out at Top-Notch Restaurants in North Wales

Wrexham: Eating Out at Top-Notch Restaurants in North Wales

by Sergio Santino a month ago
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  • 1. Lisbon Tapas Restaurant
  • 2. The Bank Wine Bar & Bistro
  • 3. Levant Kitchen & Bar
  • 4. The Hideout Bistro & Bar
  • 5. Pant-yr-Ochain
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Wrexham, or Wrecsam if you are using the Welsh spelling, is a small North Wales town mostly associated with the Industrial Revolution. Some of the Victorian-era viaducts, which are scattered across the town, are still in use today and protected by UNESCO. In the past, coal mining and brickmaking were the dominating industries in the town, but, as time passed, Wrexham has turned into a cultural center hosting multiple events and performances.

Equally impressive is the fact that the very first Miss World came from Wrexham, and Ruabon red-brick tiles were used in the restoration of the Taj Mahal. As you see, every hidden corner of Wrexham is steeped in history, which would ensure a fascinating pastime you can amplify by dining at the following bars.

1. Lisbon Tapas Restaurant
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Lisbon Tapas Restaurant
#2 of 329 restaurants in Wrexham, United Kingdom
6 Church St, Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom
ClosedOpens at 12PM

You probably don’t expect to see a review on a Portuguese cuisine restaurant serving nibbles and tapas in the first place, when it comes to Wales. However, Lisbon Tapas Restaurant has become a beloved place of locals for dining, drinking, and socializing. “Lucky to have the best view in Wrexham,” says the restaurant team, proving it with the photos of its signboard hanging on the background of the St. Giles medieval church. Through the restaurant’s window or when enjoying your food on the outside terrace, you literally can see how the old building looms over the town.

Lisbon Tapas opened its doors in 2008, with the aim to offer the local community the best flavors from Portugal and the Mediterranean. The menu list contains dishes made from both the freshest local and exported products from Portugal. The restaurant is especially proud of the tapas – cold and hot appetizers or snacks coming from Spanish cuisine it serves, but if you wish to indulge in a substantial main meal, it’s also such an option here.

A frango panado, breaded chicken breast fillets, a bitoque, a thin-cut rump steak served with fries, rice, and eggs, or an espetada de porco, char-grilled pork skewers – Portuguese cuisine is home to countless mouthwatering dishes. Plenty of vegetarian options are also on the menu.

2. The Bank Wine Bar & Bistro
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The Bank Wine Bar & Bistro
#2 of 275 pubs & bars in Wrexham, United Kingdom
43 High St, Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom
ClosedOpens at 12PM
Chorizo
Chorizo

Сhorizo is a cured spiced sausage made from chopped pork and red pepper. The dish is extremely popular in both Mexican and Spanish cooking.

The Bank Wine Bar & Bistro is a two-story family-run catering establishment well-situated in the very heart of Wrexham. Not only does it provide its guests with a lovely view of the Old Town that concentrates most of the historical patrimony of the city, but also has a fully stocked bar, a range of seating for you to sit back and relax, and a small dance area.

The building, the bar is located in, has recently been renovated and the menu – revisited, now offering seasonal small plates. The Bank Wine Bar & Bistro serves dishes made from locally-sourced products. Thus, the pork comes from a local farmer, who has a 15-year-old family-run business, with all the pigs being outdoors reared. The bar has the famous Wrexham Lager on draft and has partnered with Gerrard Seel Wine Merchants for fine wines.

On the menu, you will find a large variety of snacks and plates, including cured meats, hummus, baked Camembert, pak choi, chorizo, falafel, and garlic mushrooms, among others – the dishes are truly international to satisfy any taste and preferences. The owners of The Bank Wine Bar & Bistro speak warmly about the place, emphasizing the involvement of every family member in taking care of excellent food and first-class customer service.

3. Levant Kitchen & Bar
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Levant Kitchen & Bar Wrexham
#22 of 275 pubs & bars in Wrexham, United Kingdom
49, 52 Chester St, Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom, 49
ClosedOpens at 12PM
Salsa
Salsa

The classic salsa sauce differs in the way it is prepared on the basis of tomatoes. At the same time, depending on whether the tomatoes are heat-treated, they distinguish: "salsa fresca" (also known as pico de gallo - a raw sauce that is made from fresh tomatoes), and "salsa roja" (translated as "red sauce "), which we will prepare today is a classic recipe for salsa sauce, in which tomatoes are heat-treated in some way.

When having a walk in the Wrexham town center, you will unlikely miss Levant Kitchen & Bar nestled on cobbled Chester Street that runs between houses built from the famous local red brick. The impetus behind opening this 25-foot-long bar with an oak top and mint-green backdrop was “bringing something eccentric and unique to Wrexham,” with a focus on the Eastern British fusion.

The menu provides a varied selection of quality homemade food and has special offerings for lunchtime, mainly featuring sandwiches and light bites. The main menu is composed of tempting dishes, such as grilled chicken breast served with a white wine or porcini sauce, minted lamb shish with mint yoghurt and tomato salsa, and mushroom, chicken, and Parmesan spaghetti in a cream and white wine sauce served with garlic ciabatta wedges.

A harmonious blend of classic design and Mediterranean chic makes the Levant bar suitable for any occasion like lunch, a night out with friends, or a romantic pastime. At Levant, you also can have a party, private dinner, or wedding, as the restaurant offers space available for up to 50 seated guests and 100 guests buffet style.

4. The Hideout Bistro & Bar
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The Hideout Bistro & Bar
#3 of 12 pubs & bars in Rossett, United Kingdom
Machine House, Chester Rd, Rossett, Wales, United Kingdom
ClosedOpens at 10AM

In the heart of Rossett, a village, community, and electoral ward in Wrexham County Borough, there is a cozy family-run bistro called The Hideout Bistro & Bar. The special character of the place is in its name: a secret spot hidden from prying eyes and the bustle of the streets, with the walls drowning in the lush greenery of vines, ivy, and other plants. 

Standing on the river Alyn, Rossett and its surroundings have plenty of tourist attractions to offer – from museums to a wildlife trust nature reserve, to the so-called Golden Lion, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of plowman Jeffrey, who was hanged for attempted murder in the 17th century. Making a stop at The Hideout would be the right thing, after a day-long walk through the village’s streets, to digest overwhelming impressions together with a nicely-served dish.

This small bar specializes in serving fresh, local, and seasonal foods. If you are just starting your day, a Scottish smoked salmon with toasted bread and creamy scrambled eggs or a poached egg would be worth trying. This premium Atlantic salmon raised in the waters of North Western Scotland is prepared in a special way. Usually, the smoking of Scottish salmon is done with the usage of whisky barrel boards or the fish is pre-marinated in whiskey.

5. Pant-yr-Ochain
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Pant-yr-Ochain
#1 of 10 restaurants in Gresford, United Kingdom
Old Wrexham Rd, Gresford, Wales, United Kingdom
ClosedOpens at 11AM

The Pant-yr-Ochain has quite a peculiar history that dates back to 1530. Feudal lord Ochain lived there in medieval times, and then, throughout the years, it had been changing hands until the Jones family bought the building and the land around. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that such an estate is considered to be haunted, so when visiting it, you’ll probably hear a host of ghost stories associated with the Pant.

The Pant-yr-Ochain’s team consists of first-class specialists, who help running the business, hosting events, bringing in calm and serenity, and, of course, preparing stunning dishes of British cuisine. The pub offers six menu variations, such as a daily, pudding, children, Sunday, gluten-free, and Sunday gluten-free menus, as well as a wine list.

While you are waiting for the main dish, like game suet pudding made from venison, or pheasant and rabbit and served with mash and buttered greens, or 9oz rump heart steak that goes with a pepper sauce, portobello mushroom, tomato, and chunky chips, you can enjoy some of the starters. The nibble menu is incredibly diverse and includes interesting positions such as wood pigeon served with cauliflower purée, pear, candied pecans, red chicory, and pigeon sauce and Shropshire Blue fritters with pickled pear, watercress, and candied walnuts.

Wrexham and the surroundings are favorably disposed to calm occupations like a long quiet walk observing nature or a boat trip. Afterward, you can relax in a small intimate hall of a local pub to become revived with positive energy or, instead, spend a cheerful night in the company of good friends attending a special event at a popular bar.

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