Why visit one of the world’s best beach bars during the summer when you can visit it on a cold November morning instead? We first heard about The Ty Coch Inn from Wlyd Family Travels, who in turn had read about it in a Cheapflights article, which in turn had listed it as the 3rd best beach bar in the world … and it’s in Wales!
The Ty Coch Inn lies a just a few miles from Morfa Nefyn, the place we were staying at for a friend’s wedding, and as luck would have it was where the bride and groom wanted us to walk as part of the Sunday morning ‘wedding party’ recovery. It was always the plan for us to walk there anyway but the fact it had appeared in a “top 10” list … on the Internet made it all the more important to go there to see it for ourselves! 😉
Browsing the http://www.visitwales.com website I found this beautiful shot showing the sandy bay which houses the Inn, together with the lifeboat house in the top righthand corner. That’s how it can look on a sunny day but as the locals told us it can be a mixed blessing when you get listed in a “top 10” as now the place can get a bit busier during the summer months … all the more reason to visit out of season I say!
So where is it exactly? Here’s its location on Google. The Ty Coch Inn lies on the Llyn Peninsula on the hook of land that lies beneath Anglesey, to the west of Snowdonia, in Wales. Now people go to Snowdonia all the time, but not Nefyn, and that’s what makes it that all the more special. Furthermore you can’t drive to it and have to walk through a golf course to get there. Although check in advance, as if it’s out of season the inn’s opening hours might not fit in with when you want to swing by.
So once parked up at the Nefyn & District golf club (or in a car park opposite Caffi Porthdinllaen just 400 further away) walk up through the golf course along the top of the headland and you’ll feel even more worthy of the pint of Cwrw Llyn beer that will await you when you finish. Play human kites by leading into the breeze on the western side of the peninsula as the winds blow in from across the North Sea. Walk to the tip of the headland and then around in a clockwise direction on the Llyn coastal path as far as the RNLI Porthdinllaen lifeboat station at the northern tip and stick your head in to see if it’s open.
Once you’ve tired of all that drop down to the The Ty Coch inn in its relatively sheltered little bay and sample one of its many drinks – Cwrw Llyn did seem most appropriate but we went for marshmallows in hot chocolate instead. Mmmmm. You’ll know you’ve found the right building when you see the name painted up high on the roof! The inside of the pub has a cosy feel to it and a proper little fire or two but to enjoy its “beach bar” location vibe sit on one of the outside picnic tables, the beach wall or even on the sand. The latter not really being an option for us as the tide was in!
Our group stood by the sea wall taking in all the negative ions in the fresh sea air only imagining what it might be like on a hot summer’s day with the tide out. However 45 minutes later the tide had turned sufficiently and we began to walk back to the car park along the shoreline – that way you get the best of both worlds. A high headland blast in the wind with some stretching views of the bay to start with together with a gentle beach walk to finish things off!