Supporting Small Businesses: Caffi Clywedog

Supporting Small Businesses: Caffi Clywedog

My niece, on a sleepover at my place, wants to know what we’re doing tomorrow… In other words, she’s giving me a subtle hint that she would like to go on an adventure. What to do on a Sunday morning…

I know!

Just a few days ago, Caffi Clywedog shared their new look menus on Facebook and I practically drooled over them. I knew my niece would too! The new menus feature ice cream sundaes, ice cream waffles and flavoured hot chocolates, all plant-based which makes this dairy-free person very happy.

Caffi Clywedog
Caffi Clywedog

So, on Sunday morning I drive the three of us (me, my niece and my mum) to Caffi Clywedog, a plant-based cafe above Clywedog Dam, near Llanidloes. Caffi Clywedog quite possibly has some of the best views you’ll ever see from a cafe. You can see for miles across Mid Wales, and looking down you’ll see Llyn Clywedog (Clywedog Reservoir) and its dam, as well as the remains of Bryntail Lead Mine.

The view from Caffi Clywedog.
The view from Caffi Clywedog.

The view from Caffi Clywedog.

The view over Mid Wales.
The view over Mid Wales.
Clywedog Dam.
Clywedog Dam.

We place our order and head upstairs, deciding to eat indoors as there’s a bit of a chill in the spring air. It isn’t long before our ice cream sundaes arrive at our table. A Strawberry Supreme each for Mum & me (2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 2 scoops of strawberry ice cream, squirty cream, strawberry sauce, a fizzy strawberry lace and a strawberry) and a Biscoff sundae for my niece (2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 2 scoops of salted caramel ice cream, squirty cream, Biscoff sauce, a Biscoff biscuit and Biscoff sprinkle).

My Strawberry Supreme Sundae from Caffi Clywedog.
My Strawberry Supreme Sundae.
My niece's Biscoff Sundae from Caffi Clywedog.
My niece’s Biscoff Sundae.

At just before 11 am, some might say it’s too early in the day to be eating ice cream, but who cares?! We devour our ice cream sundaes! It’s a real treat for me as I usually have to watch on as others eat ice cream, but places like Caffi Clywedog mean I can join in and enjoy a delicious treat.

I debate ordering a Mint Hot Chocolate as it has been years since I had one but decide I’ll have one on a return visit. (I’m sure I’ll have to take my nephew up there soon!).

A carving in Caffi Clywedog.
A carving in Caffi Clywedog.

Next door to Caffi Clywedog is Radiate Arts, a not-for-profit community arts charity. Their hub is a centre for creative workshops and community events. This is reflected upstairs at Caffi Clywedog with several art pieces. Caffi Clywedog also hosts a weekly craft group for people to bring along with craft projects and craft with like-minded people.

We take a look at Clywedog and its dam from the viewing point, something I’ve done countless times, yet the view still amazes me.

My niece wants to know what we’re doing next, so I asked what she’d like to do. We can drive around Llyn Clywedog (something everyone should do at least once in a lifetime) or we could visit Bryntail Lead Mine. She wants to explore Bryntail Lead Mine, so we head back down the hill to the ruins.

Crossing the bridge to Bryntail Lead Mine.
Crossing the bridge to Bryntail Lead Mine.
Bryntail Lead Mine.
Bryntail Lead Mine.

Read more about Llyn Clywedog and Bryntail Lead Mines.

(This is the twentieth edition of my Supporting Small Businesses series)


Please note: We bought these products with our own money and I am in no way affiliated with Caffi Clywedog.


  1. Wow! The views are amazing, that’s definitely a drive we need to make when we visit our friends in North Wales again.

    There is also no such time as too early for ice cream, especially when it is a special occasion, like a visiting niece.

    I particularly like the look of the Biscoff sundae, but was just wondering if your niece made any comment about the plant based, dairy free ingredients, as tasting any different to her usual ice cream brands? I would probably give it a try nonetheless 🙂

    I would definitely be taking a look at the arts charity too, although I would more than likely be doing that one alone.

    • Nikki says:

      To be honest, I didn’t mention it to her that the ice cream was plant-based, I think she only knew because I was eating ice cream. She really enjoyed hers and I don’t think you could tell the difference.

  2. Marty says:

    Sundaes before 11:00am??!!!! And your mother not only approves but partakes? Scandalous! 😉 Seriously beautiful views. Llyn Clywedog looks like somewhere I have to put on my bucket list.

  3. Debbie says:

    i thought the views were my favorite part of this post and them i saw your niece’s Biscoff Sundae, WoW!! i’ll have one also, please and thank you!! it sounds like a wonderful outing…i keep a “to go to” list, when we need something to do, we always check it!!

    lucky niece, to have you!!

  4. Kelly says:

    What gorgeous views on your drive!! I’m amazed at how delicious some of the plant based ice creams are now. Often better than the real thing, in my opinion! Those look scrumptious!

  5. Cleo says:

    My word, what glorious scenery. And those sundaes! After seeing these photos dad says he definitely wants to live there. Sounds like y’all had a fantastic day.

  6. Anca says:

    Caffi Clywedog looks like a gorgeous place to visit. I need to see how far it is from me, as it’s been a while since I visited Wales and I loved your pictures. xx

  7. jeanie says:

    Even if the food was awful (and it looks divine!) the ride alone would be worth it for all that breathtaking scenery! How gorgeous! And a wonderful day out for you all.

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