Alpine Coffee Shop




19 April 2015


SH 79515 56573; 53.09271°N, 3.80066°W


The Alpine Coffee Shop in Betws-y-Coed is one of a complex of three ventures owned by Jacha and Gwyn Potgieter in the former railway station building (built in 1868 by local poet, historian and civil-engineering contractor Owen Gethin Jones (1816-1883) from Penmachno). The other two businesses, which both opened in 2014, are the Alpine Apartments self-catering accommodation and the Galeri Platform, which exhibits work by Jacha, a South African born artist and environmentalist. The Alpine Coffee Shop first opened in 1973 after Gwyn’s first husband purchased the station building. The Potgieters have developed it into an ethical café, which serves fair-trade, free-range and palm-oil-free fare and caters for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets.

Further Reading

The Old Railway Station, Betws-y-Coed;
Alpine Coffee Shop

Mediterranean Board

Mediterranean Board – Hummus, Kalamata olives, artichokes, peppers stuffed with Feta cheese, aubergine dip, borettane onions, Welsh chutney, dolmades, goat’s cheese and Brie, served with artisan bread and olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip

Apricot and ginger flapjack

Apricot and ginger flapjack

Gluten-free chocolate brownie

Gluten-free chocolate brownie

A simian triptych.  Artwork by Jacha Potgieter on display in the café.

A simian triptych. Artwork by Jacha Potgieter on display in the café.

Gorilla sculpture in the café.

Gorilla sculpture in the café.

14 thoughts on “Alpine Coffee Shop

  1. First of all, lovely photographs…they could easily grace the pages of a stylish magazine, so very professional and yet also personal. Secondly, I love this place…when I came here many years ago from Scotland I was surprised at the lack of good vegetarian eating places- this makes up the defecit all on it’s own. Of course, they also serve carnivorous meals as well, but there is a good balance. Great post!

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