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“Small but cosy.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Characters Old Curiosity Shop & Sandwich House

Characters Old Curiosity Shop & Sandwich House
11 Llewelyn Avenue, Llandudno LL30 2ER, Wales (Formerly Characters)
+44 1492 872290
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Ranked #2 of 138 Restaurants in Llandudno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $32
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Tea Room
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Characters Teahouse and curiosity shop. We are a family run business with the idea of bringing back the past time of sitting down for Afternoon Tea, whilst also being able to mooch around and take a look at the quirky items we have for sale. Whilst being enchanted by our old boutique style Teahouse, to accompany your visit, we have a variety of our vintage teas and delicious cakes and pastries. If you are catching up with old friends or simply want to sit and watch the afternoon roll away.Characters teahouse brings you the a warmth and comfort that can only be found in your own home.
Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Small but cosy.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Expectations were high since this place holds the #1 spot for restraunts in Llandudno. Had scones and coffee which was very nice and well priced. Atmosphere was warm and staff were very friendly. However nothing jumped out at me to say 'yes, this is why we are #1'. Would still recommend tho.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Llandudno, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Excellent in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Just returned from a lovely late afternoon tea. Brett and Annie were very accommodating to us all - my husband and I took our two young sons with us, all came away very happy.
Cannot praise highly enough, so friendly with an excellent atmosphere and food and drink were absolutely delicious. Feel lucky to live within walking distance!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bembridge, United Kingdom
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41 restaurant reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Fabulous - what a memory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We had booked this restaurant having seen it recommended on TripAdvisor. We spoke with Brett a couple of days prior to arriving, as he needed to pre-order from his local source, whatever meat we wanted. He made it clear it was a limited choice of meat (usually steak) which was cooked on a stone at the table, accompanied with roasted vegetables and a jacket potato. My husband opted for steak, and as I prefer vegetarian I asked for goats cheese..... They only open during the evenings at a weekend depending on if they have bookings! It was great to actually speak with someone rather than just exchanging emails, and we were looking forward to seeing what it was like.
We have both agreed it was the most wonderful, enjoyable meal we have had - at times a little surreal! Sitting in a shop, with vintage bits and pieces around (cutlery/crockery/glasses..) not to mention the chandeliers and decoration! it was certainly retro - and just so unusual. The choice of starters was great, and my husband thoroughly enjoyed cooking his own steak. My goats cheese was served on red onion, and was to die for. Brett also offers Halloumi cheese as an alternative. The desserts were absolutely fantastic. Just remember to take your own wine..
We can't agree which part of the evening was the best - the food (excellent), surroundings (fab) - and the service (like nothing else) given by Brett, Annie and Nathan just made what could have been a nice evening out into a memory which will stay with us.
We have eaten in many restaurants, ranging from really expensive to just good pub food - and can honestly say that Characters is like nothing else - it really is an experience.
Good luck to them for the future, and we will certainly return.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“So enjoyable - little haven away from the madness!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I visited Characters today with my friend. We had been recommended which is always great! Our visit did not disappoint - lovely panini and company ;0)
We are going to visit again for sure and are going to try the steak on a stone!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“You must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This is a great little place with lovely afternoon teas and sandwiches.
Bret and Annie are so friendly and make you feel so at home. Look out for Bret whizzing around Llandudno in his little car..... So cool

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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