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“Best cafe in Betws-y-coed” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alpine Coffee Shop

Alpine Coffee Shop
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British, Welsh
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Good for: Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
london
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best cafe in Betws-y-coed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

Fantastic café offering wide range of drinks, snacks and meals - with environmental and ecological ethics underpinning all their products. Plenty for vegan and vegetarian customers too - thank- you! Often packed as so good - but worth the wait for a table

Visited August 2014
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kakop63, Owner at Alpine Coffee Shop, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Thanks for the lovely review
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United Kingdom
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good coffee and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

We called here for coffee a little gingerly, because the surrounding area was crowded, and rail-related facilities are not always all that good....

We were pleasantly surprised. The Alpine occupies part of the station building, but has tables on the station platform, and a large covered area by the station front. There is a variety of seating arrangements, including sofas, and metal tables and chairs on the platform. We chose the latter. There is a good view of the lively tourist miniature railway opposite the station, and the railway museum (we were slightly too late to visit). The Blaenau train arrived while we were there. it is clear that some customers use the Alpine while waiting fro trains to Blaenau or Llandudno.

The café is self-service, with very friendly staff. The coffee was excellent, but there was a wide range of cakes, some of which catered for vegans. We did not have any meals, but these were available, and again included options suitable for vegetarians. There are connections with animal conservation, and a notice made it clear that palm oil, whose production damages habitats, was not used.

Parking opposite the café is free, and of course it is serviced by trains - albeit ones on a two-hourly service only! There is much competition in Betws, but we will return here on our next visit. This will enable other facilities, including the associated gallery, to be visited. The whole complex at the station is a significant attraction in its own right - we visited the bookshop after coffee.

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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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kakop63, Owner at Alpine Coffee Shop, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a good report.
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

Last day of our holiday travelling about, what a fabulous end to a lovely holiday. The food was fantastic, the best. The photos of the Apes I loved. Clean and pleasant staff. Worth the wait. Lovely menu, I am vege so it was fab to find a proper ethical sourced cafe come restaurant. Thank you.

Visited August 2014
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kakop63, Owner at Alpine Coffee Shop, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
thank you very much. it will be lovely to welcome you back.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

Lovely coffee shop friendly helpful staff. The food was lovely, loved the decor inside and you can step out the doors at the back of the cafe which lead straight onto the station platform. They had plenty of cakes too choose from but didn't have one so can't comment on them. Well worth a visit

Visited August 2014
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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“AnneNut”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

Excellent choices and veggie ones not full of mushrooms! Had several visits and nothing disappointed it was always worth the wait and the cost. Good staff and the ethical approaches nicely explained.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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