Welcome to The Tal y Cafn, Conwy Valley.
The Tal y Cafn has been part of North Wales history for over 200 years, named after the small hamlet village it sits in, Tal-y-Cafn, which effectively translates to ‘point of crossing.’ Dating back to the Roman times Tal y Cafn was used as a cattle crossing, as this is the easiest point of crossing the estuary in the Valley, later in history the river featured a pulley system with a pontoon raft crossing and today features an iron bridge.
Originally an old coaching inn for passing trade along one of the major trunk roads in North Wales, once linking north and south Wales, forming one of the main trade routes for copper, slate, farm produce and more. The building is neatly burrowed within the beautiful Conwy Valley, an accredited area of natural beauty, and rightly so with the striking views of the mountains and Conwy river flowing throughout the landscape, approximately one mile away from the Snowdonia National Park boundaries, home to the largest mountain in Wales, the longest zip-wire in Europe and a huge network of walking and cycling trails, the building has been and remains a destination on the Conwy Estuary since it was first constructed.
After being closed for a number of years the building was purchased by the family-owned property company, Edwards Property Management UK, Merseyside who set out on the ambitious redevelopment project to turn the Tal y Cafn back into the thriving destination it once was. The Edwards’ have spent many happy years in North Wales and have always been made to feel welcome by the local community, when the opportunity came to give something back, in the form of the Tal y Cafn they wanted to make the area proud, beginning with the workforce, 90% of the people behind the redevelopment were local tradesman.
Castell Developments, the design and construction behind the project were asked to create an end product as impressive as the surroundings it sits in, whilst remaining true to its own identitiy. The main focal point as you walk through the doors comes from the large double-sided custom built log fireplace, along with a stunning glass wine cellar display. The bar, albeit quite small is a talking point in its own right with its copper tops and stylish fonts set in front of a traditional style stone gable is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a quiet drink. Our drinks menu features cask conditioned beers from many local micro-breweries, a wine list handpicked by our experts and spirits so local we could walk to where they are bottled – by hand, where else could you find anything so local.
Terry Jones, Manager and Richard Williams, Executive Chef of the Tal y Cafn, both proud Welshmen, aim to offer the highest quality dining experience with a smile from the heart of the Conwy Valley. Our menus are created by Richard using the very best produce within a 30-mile radius to produce flavoursome, uncomplicated meals. Richards menu is inspired by the natural marriages of quality and flavour found in the local area, echoing what was initially set out to do and to give back to North Wales by showcasing the world class produce and people the area has to offer.