THE OLD RAILWAY STATIONBETWS-Y-COED

The old railway station in Betws-y-Coed is in the centre of the village, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The station is owned by Jacha and Gwyn Potgieter who over the years have adapted and revitalised the old station to bring a new lease of life to the buildings, creating a buzzing atmosphere in the idyllic Welsh village.

Jacha is a political conservation artist and together with wife Gwyn has developed the Alpine Coffee Shop into a cafe with a conscience. It is entirely palm oil free and free range, serving up delicious snacks, meals and drinks catering for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. The couple also use the coffee shop to raise awareness of the conservation issues close to their hearts; this is done by the permanent exhibition of Jacha's artwork hanging on the walls of this delightful coffee shop.

2014 sees Jacha and Gwyn open bespoke, boutique holiday apartments in Betws-y-Coed, above the traditional shops on the station, where you are guaranteed a wonderfully peaceful break. They are great to use as a base while exploring the National Park.

The Platform Galeri is another new addition opening in 2014 and will exhibit more of Jacha’s work, including paintings, photographs, etchings, sculptures and installations, as well as select guest artists being displayed during the year. As well as all this, the station is still a “live” railway station, with trains ready to take you to Llandudno on the coast or Blaenau Festiniog further down the Conwy Valley.

A new addition for 2016 is the Hangin’ Pizzeria. The pizzeria is completely dedicated to apes and like the coffee shop is palm oil free. We serve a small selection of good quality pizzas and salads, lovely wine and beer and delicious desserts. We are dog-friendly - ask about our dog loyalty cards!