Welsh Tapas in Betws y Coed, Olif Cafe

Views of betyws y coed

I went to Betws-y-Coed last weekend, and if you haven’t yet been, it’s well worth a visit. During our visit we decided to go to Olif cafe for a spot of lunch.  It is highly rated on Tripadvisor so our decision was made there and then. It might be a good idea to book a table, especially on a Sunday as it can get quite busy. 

Upon entering Olif cafe we were greeted with folk music and it really lifted our spirits. Storm Doris was still around, the weatherman lied. We were taken to the table near the window and enjoyed people watching until our food arrived. the place was rustic, with wooden tables and had a really relaxing atmosphere. 

Olif had a special lunch deal, tapas for two priced at £16.95. With the deal you get bread, olive and oils and your choice of three tapas dishes. As much as I love Spanish food and at that valuable price, I didn’t go for it. I think tapas is more an evening meal than lunch, so I chose the boozy fish burger and chips with aioli from the burger menu instead. I think the aioli sold it to me. I love garlic, especially garlic cheese. Boursin anyone? As for the chips that came with it, oh my, I’m not a big fan of chunky chips, but these chips were the best of the best chips, crunchy and moistly delicate on the inside. I think they were triple cooked, but can’t be sure. The coleslaw that came with it was yum, very creamy and most probably not great for the waistline.

Inside interior of Olif cafe

boozy fish burger
Feeling full after our meal, we decided to go for a walk. Before setting off we had a little quarrel, should we just go home or go for a walk? Well, storm Doris was still around so little old me said let’s go home but no, the others wanted to go for a walk, in the wind and rain. I couldn’t exactly say no otherwise i’d be stranded. Don’t you wish sometimes you drove so then you can just drive off and take cover? 

We attempted the Llyn Elsi walk but massively failed, because the weather gotten so bad we had to do a quick U turn. Anyways, we were drenched, dripping wet to be precise and took cover in one of the coffee shops near the train station, Alpine Coffee. The coffee shop was really busy, assuming people was in there taking cover too! It is a dog friendly cafe serving up burgers and gluten free and dairy free sweet treats. I’d recommend bringing cash too as there is a minimum spend of £7 on card. 

I’d definatley be returning for the tapas and to try the other bistros in the area. I recently went to a Bistro near Betws called Tal Y Cafn, you can read all about it here. And that’s all folks. If you are in North Wales, Betws y Coed, visit Olif Cafe to get your tapas fix. 

Verdict Out Of 5

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

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