“ Dale Road,Llandudno,Conwy,LL30 2BG.Tel: 01492 872958 „
The West Shore Beach Cafe is situated at the end of the fery popular Conwy to West Shore cycle track. It's a convenient place to stop before cycling or walking back to Conwy. On a windy day, you can sit watching the windsurfers and kite surfers while you enjoy your lunch. You'll wonder why you ever want to go abroad on holiday. I just love it there!
As a lot of you know I live in Llandudno in North Wales where I am the Box Secretary for the local Lifeboat Guild which means that I empty the collecting boxes in our local cafes, hotels, and pubs and pay the money into the bank.
One of the establishments who kindly took one of our collecting boxes is the Beach Cafe which is situated on Llandudno's West Shore. We have been regular customers ever since we moved here to live 7 years ago, especially when we lived at our previous house as it was within easy walking distance.
Where is it?
Llandudno has two beaches a North Shore and a West Shore. The North Shore is the main one being next to the town but the West Shore has a long sandy beach ideal for the children to build sandcastles and go for a paddle.
I will just say here that if I do tempt any of you onto the West Shore beach be careful as the tide comes in around sandbanks and it can be very dangerous if you were to get stranded.
Anyway the Beach Cafe is at the end of the road along the seafront at the opposite end to the Great Orme. It can be seen easily as the word cafe is printed in large letters on the roof! The address is actually West Shore Beach Cafe, West Shore Promenade, Llandudno LL30 2BG and the phone number is 01492 872958.
There is plenty of free on street parking around and the cafe is situated next to a large pay and display car park so parking won't be a problem.
The views from the cafe are amazing looking across the sea to Conwy, Snowdonia, Anglesey and Puffin Island.
The cafe is open from 10am until 5pm every day from April until September, Tuesdays to Sundays during October and Wednesdays to Sundays from November to March excluding January when it is closed completely.
What is it like?
The cafe has seating for about 40 people indoors and a further 20 outside on the terrace - weather permitting of course!
The decoration is pretty but minimal giving a nautical seaside effect with striped cushions on the chairs and decorative striped curtains at the many windows. There are pictures on the walls of various local landmarks - the lighthouse off Puffin Island and a lovely shot of one of the goats on the Great Orme being two of them.
The cafe has double glass doors which can both be opened wide to allow easy access for wheelchair users.
There is a small counter with a chiller which contains the various homemade cakes on offer and there is a large board showing the specials of the day.
The cafe sells a few gifts, toys and sweets and there are also a range of popular daily papers for the use of the adult customers and a few children's books for the youngsters to use.
These are worth a mention as it is the only down side to this lovely cafe. The cafe itself is set into a slope and the toilets are underneath reached by following a path from the front of the cafe round and down to the side. You have to ask for the key at the cafe counter as the toilets are kept locked.
The toilets are kept spotlessly clean and are accessible by wheelchair users but using them can be a bit of a pain especially if the weather is bad as you have to go outside to get to them.
The Food and Drink
The food ranges from cakes (homemade of course!) and scones to full meals.
The menu has sections for breakfasts which are served all day, jacket potatoes, panninis, toasted sandwiches, ordinary sandwiches, light meals, main meals and cakes.
The jacket potatoes and sandwiches come with a wide variety of fillings and are accompanied by a small salad.
The light meals cover such things as soup and a roll, beans on toast, egg on toast, burgers and Welsh rarebit.
The meals include such favourites as fish and chips, gammon, pies, lasagne, omelettes and a roast dinner usually with a choice of two meats. Most of the meals come with chips but they will gladly offer jacket potatoes or salad instead if required.
There is also a children's menu for the youngsters with smaller appetites.
There isn't a sweet menu as such although there is usually apple pie and cherry pie on offer and they also do a range of ice cream sundaes as well as ice creams to take out.
The cakes include homemade sponges of various flavours, scones, tea cakes, barabrith and bread pudding.
The café is not licensed so the drinks are all non alcoholic and include tea, coffees, fruit juice, water and pop.
As I said earlier we have been regular visitors to the cafe ever since we moved to Llandudno so that in itself shows how good we think it is. In fact, when we were having the kitchen fitted at our previous house, we went there every day for our midday meal!
The roast dinners are very nice and are always served with three vegetables as well as mashed and roast potatoes. The panninis are amongst the best I have tasted and their chips are lovely!
When I visit the cafe to empty the collecting box I always have a pot of tea or a cappuccino and a toasted tea cake or a slice of coffee and walnut sponge.
The service is always good here although, when it is busy, there is a bit of a wait for food as it is all freshly cooked. The tables are cleared as soon as customers are left and are always cleaned ready for the next hungry visitors.
It is also worth mentioning that the prices are all good too. To give you an idea the roast dinner is about £5.85 and the jacket potatoes range from £3.50 to £4.50 depending on which filling you choose.
The West Shore is the quieter side of Llandudno with a lovely beach and excellent sea conditions for wind surfers. There is a small children's playground, a boating lake, a putting green and a grassy area for playing and picnicking.
You can walk from the town in ten minutes or catch a bus or, in the summer, you can jump on the road train which runs between the two beaches.
The cafe is an excellent addition to the facilities and is within walking distance of everything else. It is ideal whether you want a drink, a snack or a full meal and you will always be assured of a warm welcome.
Oh - just one last thing - if you do go and visit the Beach Cafe pop a coin in the lifeboat box even if it is only a penny it all helps!
Alovely little cafe on the West Shore at Llandudno