The Moel Siabod cafe, or Caffi Siabod (in Welsh) is a Snowdonia institution and a favourite haunt for walkers. It’s located in Capel Curig which, the epicentre of some of the most notable walks in Snowdonia.
This makes it a perfect spot to enjoy a breakfast and plan your day’s route or to refuel with a warm drink and homemade cake in front of the log burner after a hike.
I’ve been coming here for some years now and it’s become somewhat of a routine to sit at the table with a Siabod Breakfast and pot of tea before heading off for a day in the mountains.
The soundtrack to your breakfast is often the fascinating tales of walkers sharing stories of mountain climbs, near and far.
This is not a cafe that is pretending to understand the outdoors and Snowdonia in order to draw people in. Siabod is authentic and central to the geographic and cultural community in which it resides. If you’re there early enough you’ll see local produce being delivered.
At night, there are talks from guest speakers from the locality and beyond. These speakers range from respected climbers and photographers to local shepherds who discuss their life’s work and provide the food you eat during the evening. Jackets and ice axes from expeditions adorn the walls and the cafe even has its own gallery showcasing breathtaking photographs of Snowdonia peaks and lakes.
The Food at The Moel Siabod cafe
The food at Moel Siabod is excellent, with local produce and homemade dishes and cakes on offer. They even offer ‘Mountain Fuel’ packs made up of homemade Siabod Lardy Cake or flapjacks, packed lunches, drinks and other options to keep you going during the day. When ordering at the till, you’ll often find a sign suggesting a climbing challenge for that day.
Having come here on my own prior to becoming a father, Siabod is also a perfect venue to bring children. Given it’s location it makes a great base for exploring Snowdonia in-between meals if you are heading over for a daytrip.
When going somewhere new, especially with two kids and a double buggy, I always worry whether I can get ‘The Tank’ in through the doors or to a table without knocking people out of the way but there are no such worries here. The place is spacious with lots of room between tables for buggies and highchairs. It has a kids menu with meals coming in at a reasonable £4.30 and baby changing facilities. The changing room is a little tight on space so you’ll have to leave any buggies at your table but it is always clean and does the job.
The Moel Siabod cafe is on a single story and the double doors allow easy access. As mentioned above, the cafe is incredibly spacious with lots of room between tables and at the till for manoeuvring buggies or wheelchairs.
For more information please visit the Moel Siabod cafe website
Read our other recommendations of where to eat in Snowdonia here.