Bistro: The Tal-Y-Cafn, Conwy Valley

I wouldn’t say i dislike pub grubs but it definitely isn’t my ‘thing’. En route to Llyn Geirionydd (pronounciation: gerryonith) we drove past  The Tal-Y-Cafn Bistro. Six years ago it used to be called The Conwy Valley Pub and it has recently been re-opened after a £1m investment and refurbishment, so we were eager to pay a visit. My personal tour guide “Sparky Tourz” took us to Llyn Geirionydd for a walk beforehand, and oh what a beautiful day it was. If you’re in North Wales anytime soon and fancy a nice 2.5 mile walk around the lake, a swim or a little dip then this lake is definitely recommended. I will be writing up all about my Llyn Geirionydd experience soon, so watch this space!

The image above was taken from the back of The Tal-Y-Cafn Bistro. Unfortunately, i was unable to take a picture of the front as it faces onto the main road and there were no paths (of what i remember). Do tell me if i am wrong. After our walk at Llyn Geirionydd, Mark drove to the Bistro and as it was such a glorious day we wanted to sit out on the beer garden, however on arrival we were told they had to separate people who were drinking there / who were dining there. It was such a shame. Nevertheless, we got seated pretty quickly and was sat upstairs on a mezzanine near the bar. 

Bistro itself was very modern but also retained the classic style of the old building of the Conwy Valley pub.  It featured old slate, copper and oak. The toilet is very modern, fresh and clean, as you’d expect, but lacking a full body mirror. I personally prefer a long mirror to check my bottom half out. Come on girls, don’t deny it. You know we all do it! 

We had a handsome young chap who served us, called Andy. He was very attentive and actually interested in speaking to us about how our day was going. So if you’re reading this Tal Y Cafn, kudos to him. 




As soon as we got seated we dived straight into the menu. It displayed a Bistro Mains and a A La Carte Menu. The Bistro menu was quality pub grub and A La Carte had what seemed like an exclusive variety of dishes. The variety of food catered to all taste buds, there was a choice of Steak, Seafood, Burgers and Pasta. What i liked about this Bistro is that it offered dishes for Vegetarians and people who are on a strict gluten free diet. The prices of the mains are reasonable, especially seeing as the food and drinks are locally sourced.  

I ordered the Horseshoe gammon, pineapple salsa, fried egg and fries and Mark ordered The Tal-Y-Cafn Burger 8oz, Toasted Brioche and Fries. I cannot talk highly enough about the gammon i had… Like seriously juicy. Gammon is the meat from the hind legs of a pig and the Horseshoe name comes from the shape of the cut. Which is the finest cut from the middle. Beneath the gammon was a layer of what seemed like cumin puree and it went well with the everything. Greedy guts didn’t share any of his burger with me but the patty was ‘tender and moist on the pink side.’ We both left satisfied and wanting more. 

Gammon and Chips
Gamwn Pedol, Salsa Pinafal, Wy wedi’i Ffrio, ’Sglodion 
Burger and Chips
Byrger 8 owns Tal y Cafn, Brioche Wedi’i Dostio, ’Sglodion

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. So visitors to Tal-Y-Cafn, this is a must. You’ll just have to visit yourselves and see what the fuss is all about!


Atmosphere: ♥♥♥♥♥
Value: ♥♥♥♥♥
Service: ♥♥♥♥♥
Food: ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

To make a booking call them on 01492 650016 or email:


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