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Review: Tan-y-Bwlch Cafe


Gwynedd, Wales, United Kingdom

The scones are excellent

  • By SilverTraveller ESW

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  • May 2014
  • Ffestiniog Railway, Gwynedd
  • Casual
  • British

44 people found this review helpful

Tan-y-Bwlch is a delightful place, set deep in the woods above the Glaslyn Valley. It is the mid point of the Ffestiniog Railway and a popular place to break journey as there are super walks through the woods, an excellent kiddies playground, and best of all a very good cafe. There is inside seating for cold and wet days. We like the outside seating as we can sit and watch the trains go by. Tan-y-bwlch is deserted between trains but is always livens up when a train is due.

The cafe serves a range of hot meals, jacket potatoes, paninis and sandwiches. All are cooked to order. It has a very good range of cakes (much better than Spooner’s Cafe at Porthmadog). Choice varies from day to day and includes chocolate, coffee or carrot cake as well as Victoria Sandwich. Tray bakes include rocky road, and caramel shortbread.

The scones are baked fresh every morning and if you are there off the first train, they are still warm. They have the knobbly appearance of a true home made scone and are very big. One would almost be enough for two people. They are good enough to eat without butter or jam. If really lashing out, try them with cream. Be warned, they may run out of scones in the afternoon. Tea and a scone costs £3.90.

They serve both hot and cold drinks and have a reasonable choice of herbal teas.

They also sell a range of flavours of locally made ice creams.

Service can be a bit slow if there is a queue, but it is worth the wait. There is full disabled access to the cafe. Toilets have been refurbished recently and include disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. There is a car park alongside the station.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 5 Comment(s)

  • ESW
    about 4 years ago
    The scones are so good, there may not be any left by the afternoon! They are best eaten warm when the first train of the day arrives...
  • Adventurer
    about 4 years ago
    It must be nice to find a place that serves good quality scones for afternoon tea. Unfortunately, everywhere I have been to, all I ever get was really hard scones and dried cakes. My be my expectation is too high.
  • ESW
    over 4 years ago
    we were back in North Wales again this Easter and made several trips on the Ffestiniog railway with a compuslory stop at tan y Bwlch so the grandchildren could play in the playground and we could go to the cafe.

    The scones are as good as ever. I can also recommend the fruit cake (lots of fruit and lovely and moist) and the old fashioned bread pudding... They will also wrap slices to take out to eat later.
  • ESW
    over 4 years ago
    Google maps has sorted itself out and the location is now correct.
  • ESW
    over 5 years ago
    I'm not sure what has happened with the google map with this review. Ignore it.

    Tan-y-Bwlch is on the Ffestiniog Railway which runs between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd. The nearest small village is Maentwrog.

    To find the location on google maps, the nearest post code is LL41 3AQ.

    The grid reference is SH650416.