I'm on Teen Taxi duty this morning, with an hour to kill in Dolgellau before my next pickup. Which gives me a great excuse to start a new series of occasional blog posts from some of our local cafés.
T. H. Coffee Shop is just off the main square and is famous for Meg's home-made cakes. The building, known locally as Parliament House, was reportedly the site of Owain Glyndwr's last Welsh Parliament in 1404. The original building was removed and replaced by T.H. Roberts Ironmongers, which was an important source of mining and panning equipment during the Dolgellau Gold Rush of the 1850s and 1860s (yes, really!). When the building was re-opened as a cafe 16 years or so ago, many of the original shop fittings and counters were retained. Breakfasts, lunches and snacks are prepared in the smallest kitchen you have ever seen, and most days the place is buzzing with locals and tourists (and their dogs).
When I first moved to the area, Meg's son Gareth was my very first client in my other job as A470 Training. He opened the cafe at the Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre before starting a coffee roasting business, and now his Carvetti Coffee and tea is sold in T.H. Coffee Shop, keeping it in the family.
Meg's legendary cakes, and Gareth's coffee, are also available in Siop Coffi T. H. Porthmadog, their spin-off on the high street.
I'm not going to suggest anything, you really need to get in here and see for yourself. But if there's any lemon meringue pie on the counter definitely don't pick that. It's all mine! 😁