Situated in the Gwynant Valley and a couple of miles outside Beddgelert in the heart of Snowdonia, Caffi Gwynant had been somewhere we’d wanted to try for a long time, primarily because of photos we’d seen of the food they served. The Easter break and the chance to meet friends that were visiting the area gave us the perfect excuse to head over there.
With its close proximity to the mountains and the nearby lakes of Llyn Gwynant, this made Caffi Gwynant an ideal place for walkers tackling the Watkin Path up Snowdon, cyclists, campers or those just exploring the area. The cafe sits within a converted chapel and nothing quite prepares you for what lies inside. Before you have even set foot in through the front door you are greeted by a walled courtyard dug into the hillside with a glass canopy above it.
Inside is a huge space, complete with the original altar, welcoming fire and grand windows with views up into the woodland and hillside behind the cafe. The colander chandeliers, goat sculpture made from old wellies and a toilet twinned with another lavatory in Nepal are also touches that add to this gem nestled at the foot of the valley. While the food and the building itself are the ones that take the plaudits, the staff are exceptional in making people feel welcome and the magic of the place comes from them.
THE FOOD AT CAFFI GWYNANT
With the promise of food ‘prepared using local produce, daily specials, homemade cakes and desserts all made on the premises and a range of local ales’ I knew we weren’t going to be disappointed. The only issue was choosing something from the extensive menu. From a full Welsh breakfast to Poppy seed pancake stacks, Duck and Waffles to Crab and Lobster Burgers, you’ll find yourself scratching your head over which one to choose.
This is restaurant quality food, genuinely, at cafe prices. This doesn’t feel like somewhere to quickly run in whilst in the mountains and feed the kids or heat a bottle. This is somewhere you can stop for a leisurely lunch and really enjoy eating as a family together. We really recommend having a slow lunch here, ending with coffee and cake. Their selection of cakes are made on-site daily, and their afternoon tea seemed very popular – something we’ve decided to try next time. Their specials board was packed and is updated regularly.
CAFFI GWYNANT – FAMILIES WELCOME
Cafe Gwynant is really spacious so manoeuvring a buggy or parking it next your table won’t be a problem. A lovely touch is a kids area complete with books, toys and play kitchen hidden beside the altar. It makes for a perfect little nook for kids to hunker down in. They have a kids menu made up of high quality homemade dishes and you’ll find yourself raiding their plates as they go hunting for a book. There is a toilet cubicle on the same floor and this has baby changing facilities within it.
Despite the cafe sitting above the road, it has a sloping path up to the wide front doors which makes it easily accessible to prams and wheelchairs. As mentioned above, toilets are on ground level so access shouldn’t be a problem.
(As of Spring 2018)
Monday : closed
Tuesday : closed
Wednesday : 9am – 5pm
Thursday : 9am – 5pm
Friday : 9am – 5pm
Saturday : 9am – 5pm
Sunday : 9am – 5pm
For more information please visit their website here
Read our other recommendations of where to eat in Snowdonia here.