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“lovely food”

Whistlestop on the Pier
Ranked #7 of 161 Restaurants in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$6
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast
Description: The Whistlestop is a bijou cafe half way down Bangor pier. Its signature dishes are sea food chowder, Menai straits mussels in garlic and white wine with sourdough bread, welsh rarebit, burgers, pankakes and Bara brith. It seats 8 inside and 20 outside with stunning views of Snowdonia and the Menai Straits. All breads, burgers cakes and bara brith are home made by the proprietor.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
426 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
“lovely food”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Lovely food and a very helpful cafe owner. Lovely to be able to sit on the pier and enjoy your refreshments.

Visited July 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Unexpected but splendid delight”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Nobody expects a tiny kiosk halfway along a pier to be anything more than a mere tourist exploitation opportunity. Expectations are totally overturned by the Whistlestop Café in Bangor however - we stopped for a cup of tea and a bite to eat and found the quality of fare here was better than any of the more up-market restaurants in the town! The seafood chowder was exquisite and the Welsh Rarebit (apparently endorsed by none other than Rolf Harris!) was the best we'd ever tasted. The café was run by a most charming chap who made us feel totally at home. It had that rare combination of quality and homeliness - we will certainly be returning next year!

  • Visited July 2013
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Best burger ever!”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

I loved this place. Terry made to order the most wonderful 98 percent Anglesey beef burger with proper cheese and onion.......we sat on the pier which stretches almost to Anglesey with super views on three sides....pure heaven. As a bonus Terry got out his guitar and played Drift Away to us (check on You Tube!) You have to go!

  • Visited July 2013
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Bangor, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“As local as you can get”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

I am studying in Bangor and found this tiniest of cafes whilst crabbing off the pier. My girlfriend and I couldn't have asked for a better meal. We shared locally sourced mussels in a homemade wine sauce and a wonderful seafood chowder, and can confidently say it is the best seafood in Bangor! Terry is so welcoming and definitely deserves a lot more appreciation for his hidden gem of a cafe

  • Visited June 2013
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London
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“A top meal”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

They say that the scones at the end of Bangor pier are the best in the world, but we by the time we go there we were too full to try them.

Halfway along Bangor pier is the tiniest of cafes. Terry, the charming man behind the counter, claims to have had 14 inside his cafe at once. We were a couple with a baby in a buggy and it was a squeeze.

But the squeeze was worth it. My partner sat it the chair where prince Harry once ate Welsh Rarebit and she had the same, though she claimed Harry's choice had no influence on her. I had the burger special with cheese and bacon and a tiny salad on the side. And with added black pudding.

Both savoury dishes were very tasty. Although the salad was tiny, it was well dressed with chilli and balsamic vinegar blended beautifully.

Terry makes the burger patties himself - he got the recipe from the farmer who used to supply them but recently retired. It was well-cooked and flavoursome. The bacon was mighty fine too.

It wasn't the most amazing meal ever and it was only a burger and a Welsh Rarebit, but both were very good and relatively cheap. Rolf Harris recently said that the the Welsh Rarebit here was the best he'd ever tasted and I'd add my name to his to make this claim too.

Terry has many wonderful stories to tell but they weren't forced upon us, they just came out as we made conversation. He told us about the history of Bangor and this corner of Wales and brought the hills and waters alive with tales from the past and present.

The view is fabulous from the cafe, if the clouds are up. It's a really inspiring place to sit and enjoy good food.

The coffee and tea were fine, though not noteworthy.

We followed up with a slice of homemade Bara Brith cake and it was so good that we bought a whole cake to take home. It was thickly sliced and we could really taste the tea.

We also had a pancake with maple syrup. It was a very generously portioned pancake and tasted very good. And it was so big that I couldn't manage a scone further along the pier.

  • Visited June 2013
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