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The Big Rock Cafe

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71 High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9EU, Wales
01766 512098
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely cakes, coffee and food. Generous portions. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Locals and tourists there.

Thank Tim D
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Passing by and popped in for a coffee, also tempted with a delicious cake! A lovely, friendly, quirky cafe with lots of character. Definitely recommend!

Thank Fiona E
Aberdare, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great café, serving wonderful sandwich, cakes and home made soup. The café looks small from the outside, but don't be fooled, there tables to the back and side.

Thank Janice B
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited here on a lovely September weekend purely by chance cruising the high street for a bit of lunch. The first part of the experience was at best confusing as there is very little guidance on the menu or indeed what is on offer. The proprietors could do a bit more in terms of menus or black boards without losing... More 

Thank One_Pot
Leeds, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wandered in here today and had had the best coffee and cake I've had for a long time. What a lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Good range of food to eat in and breads to take away. Will be back!

Thank JohnFotohouse
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Happened to stumble across this lovely cafe while visiting Portmadog for the day! I was very impressed with the range of food, the friendly staff, the unique decor and the affordability of food and drink. I certainly would return again if visiting this area and have recommended it to my parents who will be in this area next week, as... More 

Thank Emily M
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this cafe was very busy, even at 2pm it is worth the wait for a table. The food is simple and wholesome and all of the bread is baked on the premises. The spicy vegetarian pies were delicious, as was the soup. Alternatively you can buy to take away. Don't miss the cinnamon buns - if they haven't all... More 

Thank UkPic
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this place almost by accident but glad we did. Bread is really good and so are their cakes. Homity pie is really tasty and the food is individual and different, nothing like your big chains. If you like something a little different give it a try.

Thank marcheswanderer
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great decor, and atmosphere throughout. Conveniently located centrally on the High Street. The food is clearly homemade and to a high standard too. We've been back several times. I've knocked 1 star off because when we visited there last were a lot of flies on the food, but it was a hot day. They also don't accept card payment.

Thank 2friars
Pickering, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quirky cafe and deli with comfortable seating. I ordered a cappuccino and a rock bun served with butter. The food was good. Staff were busy but service good. Toilets could do with a little sprucing up. Would recommend.

Thank n0rm55e

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, British, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
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: 01766 512098

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