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Brought to you by Welsh Water, Elan Valley is a great place to visit to escape the crowds with plenty of space for everyone. Open all year round, there’s plenty to do for all ages and abilities.
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, British, Welsh
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Playgrounds, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The staff make the difference,so friendly and helpful with lots of tips of where to explore in the Elan Valley. Cafe dog friendly with a limited food selection but nice coffee and cake.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This experience was average and I’m rating it a 3 star because there wasn’t much parking to park your car it wasn’t a great walk either but the food was good so I’m happy abt that

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 February 2024

Sandwiches and pasties only (which were excellent) we had a lovely time here. Staff were friendly. Very clean. Nice view of the dam, and if you get chance to watch the bird feeder it is delight attracting so many birds!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Other at Elan Valley Visitor Centre Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2024

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate your comments, which helps others to see what to expect when visiting the Elan Valley Café.

Reviewed 18 December 2023

Interesting centre of information on the Elan Valley & the dams. The shop is stocked with an array of produce & artisan gifts & the assistant on duty, Marianne (named after Marianne Faithful, a singer in the '60s), was welcoming with big smiles & jovial...comments. The cafe, very clean & inviting, offered roasted tomato soup on the menu. As it was lunchtime & cold outside we opted for the soup. However, I soon realised it wasn't roasted tomato soup at all but plain Heinz tinned soup; quite a let down, either state it's tinned soup or take it off the menu.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Other at Elan Valley Visitor Centre Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I can assure you as the chef everything is homemade on site and locally sourced as was the soup that day. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

Reviewed 21 November 2023

Despite only service sandwiches (which were excellent) we had a lovely time here. Staff were friendly. Very clean. Nice view of the dam, and if you get chance to watch the bird feeder it is delight attracting so many birds!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Other at Elan Valley Visitor Centre Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your patience with only a selection of sandwiches on offer on the day of your visit. We aim to have a hot food menu selection going forward and hope you...More

Reviewed 27 October 2023

Long queue with slow service, food a little pricy but good quality. Nice coffee and tera served in proper crockery. Pasty good, flapjack good etc. While there is a charge for parking as others have mentioned, the first hour is free and you don't have...to pay. I assume that it is to stop walkers from filling the carpark.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Other at Elan Valley Visitor Centre Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2023

Thank you very much for leaving a review. We are busy with staff recruitment and training and apologise for the long wait. We hope to see you again very soon.

Reviewed 25 September 2023

With the Penbont House cafe up the valley closed we had no choice than to use the cafe at the visitor centre. But what we thought was a disappointment turned out to be a pleasant surprise. We had wonderfully tasty sausage rolls and scrumptious blackberry...& apple flapjacks...we both agreed they were the nicest we'd tasted for a very long time. The cafe is spacious and tables by the window have a close up view of the birdtables/feeding stations with a constant arrival of birds. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

A really nice dog friendly place to visit. Nice walks and a nice restaurant. We were stopping in the near by town of Rhayader for the week, so visited the Elan Valley three times. One for a short walk and a meal, once for a...evening picnic and then I did a 14 miles walk from Rhayader and around the reservoir.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023

We called in for Lunch part way through a tour of the dams in Elan Valley, I had the hog sausage roll and it was so tasty, my wife had another pie and again equally as good. Will call again when next in the area....The shop has a wealth of gifts not just related to the dams.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023

Over priced food and drink for rather poor quality. Now only served in disposable cups, how tacky. You even have to pay to park in the middle of nowhere. I'm surprised you didn't have to pay to use the toilets.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 5 September 2023 via mobile

Strong family connections here. Wonderful scenery, friendly staff and a photo opportunity around every corner. Whatever the time of year, it is a beautiful place to visit.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023 via mobile

This was our first stop on our long weekend trip to the area. The cafe served a range of food and catered for a gluten free member of the family. The pasties were hot and tasty and the coffee was great. We had a table...next to the bird feeders and with a great view of one of the dams. There is also a shop, toilets and information available. An excellent way to start the exploration of the Elan Valley.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

The visitor centre is superb. Very helpful, and has a really good cafe and gift shop. Excellent toilet facilities. The cafe is comfortable and really clean . Enjoyed the coffee and cake. The staff explained how to see everything on the way up the valley....Also very explanatory brochures.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 3 August 2023

The visitor centre has a room charting the history of the valley, including the building of the dams, a well stocked gift shop and a cafe. The accessible path to the base of the dam meant my son in his wheelchair was able to participate,...the noise from the sluice gates was impressive! Excellent children’s play area and plenty of picnic benches.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023

Dropped in here on part of our tour around the Elan valley. The visitors centre has a room showing you about the reservoirs. Unfortunately the sound quality is very poor and if there is anyone else in the room shuffling about or even whispering you...will not hear the commentary. There should at least have some form of subtitles so at least you could read what is being said. There were a bus load adults as well as children and it was the adults who made the most noise which was disappointing. Just because they didn’t want to hear what was being said they should have been quiet. It would be better if the visual displays were away from the video show. The cafe was very clean and the drinks were hot. There is a short walk to the first dam on the reservoirs system. It looks bigger than it looks from the top on the roadside. Overall it’s worth a visit but don’t expect to be able to hear the video show if there are other people in there shuffling about.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Elan Valley Visitor Centre Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5