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The Big Rock Cafe

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71 High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9EU, Wales
+44 1766 512098
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In need of refreshment on the way through Porthmadog and noticed The Big Rock Cafe. The food in the window drew us in and once inside we were hooked. We had coffee and strudel sticks with hot custard........delicious! We took away with us a fig and rosemary loaf, a savoury ?guardo and just the greatest jam doughnuts. Will definitely find... More 

Thank Pauline H
North Wales
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with my wife for lunch - might be the last time before we move to another part of the UK so we will miss this place - ethical, good atmosphere, friendly. My lunch came off the daily specials menu - just £6 and a bit for spicy Bombay Potato with some chickpeas and a free range egg accompanied by... More 

Thank ACinUK
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely great place! Lovely setting with really tasty food. I had the Tuna burger which tasted great :) huge cake selection too! Had to wait a bit in the queue but that's only because it's such a great place everyone goes there :) highly recommend The Big Rock Cafe

Thank Charli W
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going here for some time. I enjoy the food but strongly object to some of the ideas promulgated by their posters. In fact I find them offensive.

Thank dabanbery
Dolgellau, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

What Mr Whiteman has done with this place is absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere is homely and welcoming, the decor unique, and oozing with a rustic vibe in every nook and cranny. The food is fantastic, with such a variety of choices to suit even the most fussy of palates. Even geared for veggies and vegans, not to mention the gluten... More 

Thank Dunami5
Stroud, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

My friend and I arrived for a 3 day visit to Porthmadog on the 16th November and were desperate for a bowl of warming soup. We came upon this quirky little cafe and were not disappointed with our home made soup and wonderful freshly baked bread. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we were delighted that they were... More 

Thank LezzerU
Morecambe, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

Great food and atmosphere. Wish I was a local so this could that I could make this a regular spot to visit.

Thank rjlowndes
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

What a wonderful little place! From the selection of homemade treats to the stunning artist touches running through the cafe. This is a true gem within Porthmadog and one not to miss for your coffee and cake fix. Especially if you need to escape the rain. Can also fully recommend breakfast too! Even comes with a build your own kind... More 

Thank Vintagevix88
Porthmadog, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

I moved here 4 years ago and have sampled most of the cafes in the area over the years and this is by far the best in my opinion. Fresh bread made daily on the premises and not a chip too be seen, much to my chip loving nieces disgust. Fresh sandwiches, jackets and all manner of lovely meals, not... More 

Thank Suzanne A
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

So much to see in the quaint little cafe, we stopped for a brew and doughnut and a homemade veggie pie which was delicious. We then called for a take out before we made the 2hr trip home. again I purchased another delicious veggie pie and a fruit loaf. Both were great value for money and I'm so please that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9EU, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  North Wales  >  Gwynedd  >  Porthmadog
  • Phone Number: +44 1766 512098

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?