The 1st Welsh Café Awards 2019 recognise top coffee specialists and establishments nationally

Creative Oceanic is delighted to host  the inaugural Welsh Café Awards 2019.

Whether you are looking for a coffee shop to get your fix or cafes offering blends and flavours from across the world, these Awards will celebrate the best in the Welsh coffee industry who are the real masters of coffee.

The elegant ceremony will take place at The Exchange Hotel Cardiff on Tuesday, July 23.

The event will gather top baristas, coffee specialists and representatives of local cafes that have transformed the process of making coffee to an art.

The awards are honoured by Creative Oceanic but voted for by the Welsh public who experience the joy of a good coffee daily when they get their morning cup or a hot beverage in the afternoon to keep the energy going.

The Welsh Cafe Awards 2019 promise to be a memorable night dedicated to the country’s café industry that employs hundreds of people, enhancing the prosperity of the Welsh communities.

A wide-range of accolades are waiting to be presented to the deserving professionals and establishments, including Cafe Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Coffee Shop, Most Welcoming Cafe of the Year, Best New Cafe and many more.

A Spokesperson for the Welsh Café Awards 2019 said: “Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide and the trade values billions of pounds. According to Roast and Post, £1Bn was spent on coffee only in Britain last year.

“As a result, the Welsh Café industry has seen a massive growth over the past few years with many new coffee shops entering the sector, increasing the competition.

“This ceremony aims to acknowledge those who have played a great role in making this sector one of the most profitable industries in this country.

“Undoubtedly, there are coffee lovers in Wales who look for not just a coffee, but a true masterpiece. These finalists reflect those who put so much effort into providing high quality of food, snacks and hot beverages to the costumers across the country.

“We would like to congratulate everyone for being shortlisted and we wish all the finalists the best of luck.”

The finalists for the Welsh Cafe Awards 2019 are:

Café of the Year


COAST Cafe & Gift Shop (Rhôs-on-Sea)

Caffi Gwynant (Gwynedd)

Eateasy restaurant (Colwyn Bay)

Holly Molly Cafe (Holyhead)

L’s Coffee & Bookshop (Conwy)

Marmalade (Rhôs-on-Sea)

The Press Room Cafe (Conwy)



Bara Menyn Bakehouse & Cafe (Cardigan)

Coffee#1 (Brecon)

Evans Cafe (Newtown)

McCowans Vintage Cafe (Aberaeron)

The Hangout (Llandeilo)

The High Street Delicatessen (Newtown)

The Little Treat (Abergavenny)


South West

Caffi Lolfa (Burry Port)

Etto’s (Carmarthenshire)

Harvey’s Cafe and Takeaway (Aberbargoed)

MamGu Welshcakes (Haverfordwest)

Pethau Da (Carmarthen)

The Old Market Square Delicatessen (Carmarthen)

West End Cafe (Llandovery)


South East

C37 (Hengoed)

Ellie’s Pit Stop Cafe (Torfaen)

Gaffaccinos (Hengoed)

The Galley (Penarth)

Café Sarn Helen (Neath)

The Penny Farthing Cafe (Cowbridge)

Retro Byte (Newport)


 Customers Most Wanted Cafe of the Year


Café Rayner (Cowlyn Bay)

The Corner Cafe (Rhos-on-sea)

Java Cafe (Rhuddlan)

Ji-Binc (Denbigh)

Ponderosa Cafe (Llangollen)

Pot Jam (Menai Bridge)

Providero Fine Teas & Coffees (Llandudno)



Artisan’s Food and Drink Boutique (Lampeter)

Casa Cafe (Brecon)

Conti’s Cafe (Lampeter)

The Water’s Edge Cafe (Cardigan)

Y Sospan Cafe (Dolgellau)

Honey Cafe (Brecon)

Y Consti Cafe (Aberystwyth)


South West

Blueberry’s (Tenby)

Karm’en Kafé (Carmarthen)

Parc y bocs (Kidwelly)

Poppit Sands Cafe & Shop (Saint Dogmaels)

Whitmore+Jackson (Barry)

Parc Pantry (Newport)

Sprokwobbles Coffee House (Usk)


South East

Ambers Cafe (Ponytpridd)

Logi Finns Street Food (Cwmbran)

Toasty Café (Beddau)

Willmore’s (Penarth)

The Welsh Deli (Porthcawl)

Garwnant (Merthyr Tydfil)


Most Welcoming Cafe of the Year


Swn Y Mor   (Abergele)

Beach Hut Cafe & Bar (Prestatyn)

Flat White Cafe (Colwyn Bay)

Follow Your Bliss Cafe (Gwynedd)

The Lemon Tree (Llandudno)

Pantri Bach Cafe & Gift Shop (Abergele)

Puffin Cafe (Penmaenmawr)



Cwtch Cafe (Abergavenny)

Little Devils Cafe (Aberystwyth)

Red Kite Cafe (Ponterwyd)

Caffi Draig (Llanbrynmair)

The Coffee House (Presteigne)

The Lost ARC (Rhayader)

Owls Nest Tea Room Diner (Llandovery)


South West 

Crwst (Cardigan)

Sosban Fach (Lampeter)

Cafe Fresco (Pontypridd)

Marco’s Cafe (Barry)

Fanny’s Rest Stop Café (Newport)

Coffee Thirst (Newport)

Old Market Square Delicatessen (Carmarthen)


South East

Cafe Seren (Tredegar)

Gourmet Kitchen (Cwmbran)

Lizzy’s Café & Takeaway (Cwmbran)

Notty’s Cafe (Aberkenfig)

The Bank (Newbridge)

Woodland Cafe (Bangor)

Cafe. Rio (Haverfordwest)


Best Themed Café 

Café Cwtch – Greenmeadow Community Farm (Cwm-Bran)

On Board Surf & Coffee Shop. (Swansea)

The Old Printing Office (Llandovery)

Osborne’s Cafe Grill (Llandundo)

Russell Tearoom (Porthmadog)

Y Crochan Café (Machynlleth)

Cedars Tearoom at Afan Forest Park (Port Talbot)

K9 plus 1 Cafe (Barry)

No6Hundred (Swansea)


Best Cafe Food 

The Crêpe Escape (Penarth)

Gabby’s Diner (Pontypool)

Hoogah Cafe (Swansea)

Logi Finns Street Food (Cwmbran)

Morgan’s Breakfast & Baguettes (Cwmbran)

Rachels Cafe (Colwyn Bay)

C37 (Ystrad Mynach)

Café Sarn Helen (Neath)

Bedwellty House and Park (Pontypool)


Barista Team of the Year

Quantum Coffee Roasters (Cardiff)

COAST Cafe & Gift Shop (Rhôs-on-Sea)

Lufkin Coffee Roasters (Cardiff)

C37 (Ystrad Mynach)

Ellie’s Pit Stop Cafe (Cwmbrab)

On board Surf & Coffee Shop. (Swansea)

Cwtch Cafe (Abergavenny)

Little Devils Cafe (Aberystwyth)

Parc Pantry (Newport)

Caffe Fach (Cardiff)


Best Cafe Ambience

Rachels Cafe (Colwyn Bay)

West Shore Beach Cafe (Llandudno)

Pant Du Vineyard and Cafe (Caernarfon)

Llandegla Fishery & Cafe (Wrexham)

The Secret Garden Cafe (Newport)

Cafe Aroma (Cowbridge)

Cafe Fresco (Cardiff)

Forest Stoves and Fires (Cardiff)

Severn Park Cafe (Newtown)

The Fuchsia Caffe & Caterers (Tenby)


Best Cafe Design

The Optimist (Swansea)

Cafe. Rio (Haverfordwest)

Ebeneezer Art’s & Craft Centre & Coffee Shop (Barmouth)

Kemis At Pontcanna (Cardiff)

Selah Cafe & Tea Room (Cardiff)

Boo’s Kitchen (Swansea)

The Lost ARC (Rhayader)

Aspidistra (Llandrindod Wells)

Pantri Bach Cafe & Gift Shop (Abergele)

Puffin Cafe (Penmaenmawr)


Best of Cardiff

Imperial Cafe (Cardiff)

Kemis At Pontcanna (Cardiff)

Selah Cafe & Tea Room (Cardiff)

Sully’s Cafè (Cardiff)

Thornhill Farm Shop (Cardiff)

Traders (Cardiff)

The Pot Bistro (Cardiff)

Garlands (Cardiff)

The Plan (Cardiff)


Best of Swansea

Boo’s Kitchen (Swansea)

The Optimist (Swansea)

Pantri (Swansea)

Square Peg Coffee House (Swansea)

Station 86 (Swansea)

The Swigg (Swansea)

The Village Bar Cafe (Swansea)

Matt’s Cafe (Swansea)

Three Cliffs Coffee Shop (Swansea)

La Parmigiana Italian Delicatessen (Swansea)


Best Cafe Team

Rachels Cafe (Colwyn Bay)

Cafe Remos (Port Talbot)

West End Cafe (Llandovery)

The Creative Cafe (Narberth)

Cafe No 5 (Barry)

Bar Piazza (Newport)

Sam’s (Swansea)

Hummingbird (Abergavenny)

Three Cliffs Coffee Shop (Swansea)


Best New Cafe

Front Row Food (Pontypool)

Haus (Colwyn Bay)

Lot 11 Express (Mold)

Pavilion Coffee (Newport)

Brown Bear’s Coffee House (Cwmbran)

Caffi Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island)

The Bookshop Bar & Cafe (Swansea)

Canaima Coffee (Cardiff)

Hatch-ed (Haverfordwest)



Best Coffee Served

Caffi Cwtch (Wrexham)

Emzcakes Creative Café (Wrexham)

West Shore Beach Cafe (Llandudno)

The Farmhouse Kitchen (Rhyl)

Kismet Blackwood (Caerphilly)

Cafe Môr (Prembroke)

The Plantation Coffee Shop (Abergele)

Y Pantri (Caernarfon)

Rogue Fox Coffee House (Newport)

Bodnant Garden Pavilion Tearoom (Tal-y-Cafn)


Best of Wrexham

Caffi Cwtch (Wrexham)

Emzcakes Creative Café (Wrexham)

Dot 2 Dot Cafe (Wrexham)

Kristina’s Cafe (Wrexham)

The Priory Cafe (Wrexham)

Rock Suite Cafe (Wrexham)

Lot 11 Cafe and Hideout (Wrexham)

Cafe de Galles (Wrexham)

The Happy Hedgehog Cafe (Wrexham)

Cafe Neo (Wrexham)


Best of North Wales

Relish Cafe and Sandwich Bar (Holyhead)

Roots Cafe (Abergele)

West Shore Beach Cafe (Llandudno)

The Farmhouse Kitchen (Rhyl)

The Loaf Coffee & Sandwich Bar (Colwyn Bay)

Cafe Indulgence (Llandudno)

The Rabbit Hole Cafe (Llandudno)

Providero: Tea & Coffee House (Llandudno)


Best Community Café

Greenmeadow Community Farm (Cwm-Bran)

Cilcain Community Cafe (Cilcain)

Neath Community Cafe (Neath)

The Community Cafe (Wrexham)

The Old Library Community Cafe (Caerphilly)

Foryd Community Centre & Cafe (Rhyl)

Connect Cafe (Pontypridd)

Forge Fach Community Resource Centre (Swansea)

Fir Tree Centre (Merthyr Tydfil)

Cathays Community Centre (Cardiff)


Best Not for Profit Café

Bridging the Gap (Abercarn)

Bigmoose Coffee Company (Cardiff)

Square Peg Coffee House (Swansea)

Transition Cafe (Fishgaurd)

Cletwr Cafe (Machynlleth)

Caffi Hems (Caernarfon)

Plas Heli (Pwllheli)

The Huggard  – Cafe H (Cardiff)


Unique Café of the Year

Ffin y Parc Country House & Gallery (Llanrwst)

Kismet Blackwood (Caerphilly)

Cafe Môr (Prembroke)

Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery (Pwllheli)

West Wales Museum of Childhood (Llangeler)

Cafè Torch (Pembrokeshire)

The Sugar Plum Tea Room (Ruthin)

Cae Dai Museum (Denbigh)

The Wildflower Café (Swansea)


Dessert Parlour of the Year

Forte’s Ice Cream Parlour (Llandudno)

Frankies Desserts (Bridgend)

Glasu Ice Cream (Gwynedd)

The Looking Glass Ice Cream Parlour (Llandudno)

Cadwaladers (Barry Island)

Victoria Tea Room & Ice Cream Parlour (Penarth)

Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour (Swansea)

Basil & Rusty’s Ice Cream Parlour (Machen)

Shepherds Parlour (Hay-On-Wye)


Best Visitors Cafe 

Bedwellty House and Park (Pontypool)

Oriel Café Gallery (Cwmbrân)

Café  R (Ruthin)

Pennau Craft & Coffee Shop (Borth)

Elan Valley Visitor Centre (Rhayader)

Myddfai Community Hall & Visitor Centre (Carmarthenshire)

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (Dolgellau)

Cwmcarn Forest Drive Visitors Centre (Abercarn)

Barry Sidings Cafe ( Pontypridd)

The Potting Shed Cafe (Cardiff)


Best Coffee Shop

Chapter 2 Coffee Shop (Llandudno)

Market Square Coffee House (Pontypool)

The Coffee Pot (Abergavnney)

The Deli (Caerphilly)

The Plantation Coffee Shop (Abergele)

Y Pantri (Caernarfon)

Rogue Fox Coffee House (Newport)

Corner Coffee (Cardiff)

King Street Coffee (Wrexham)

The Vanilla Pod Coffee Bar (Newport)


Shoppers Cafe of the Year

Café at Abakhan (Flintshire)

BayView Coffee Shop (Colwyn Bay)

Tweedmill Café (St Asaph)

Antlers Coffee Shop (Cardiff)

Hawarden General Store+Cafe (Flintshire)

Steamin’ Mugs (Llanelli)

Madame Fromage (Cardiff)

Caffe Sidoli’s (Bridgend)

Happy Days Vintage Home Store (Cowbridge)

Café del Mar (Swansea)


Garden Centre Cafe of the Year

Fron Goch Garden Centre (Caernarfon)

Seven Oaks Garden Centre and Cafe (Ruthin)

Camlan Garden Centre (Machynlleth)

Chepstow Garden Centre (Chepstow)

St. Ishmaels Garden Centre (Haverfordwest)

Old Railway Line Garden Centre (Brecon)

Pugh’s Garden Centre (Cardiff)

Caerphilly Garden Centre (Cardiff)

The Secret Garden (Pontypool)


Bakery of the Year

Ynys mon Cakery (Holyhead)

The Prince’s Restaurant & Bakery (Pontypridd)

Sweet Sugar (Cardiff)

Glanmors (Caerphilly)

Nata & Co (Cardiff)

The Angel Bakery (Abergavenny)

Brød – The Danish Bakery (Cardiff)

C37 (Hengoed)

Pettigrew Bakeries (Cardiff)


Tearoom of the Year

Haulfre Tea Rooms (Llandudno)

Bodnant Garden Pavilion Tearoom (Tal-y-Cafn)

The Cricket Pavilion (Bangor)

The Lemon Tree Tea Rooms (Llandudno)

White Swan Tea Room (Monmouth)

Tu Hwnt I’r Bont Tearoom (Betws-y-Coed)

Penygawse (Llandovery)

Pettigrew Tea Rooms (Cardiff)

Selah Cafe & Tea Room (Cardiff)

Jaspers Tea Rooms (Cardiff)

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