We live in Guilsfield, near Welshpool, only about 20 miles from Lake Vyrnwy, so we are regular visitors to the area throughout the year. Sometimes we take our bikes and cycle round the lake, but most of the time we drive around the lake, (and twice I have run round the lake – the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon is held each September). Before we head back home we usually pop into the Old Barn Café for a drink and a snack, and have yet to be disappointed. The café proprietors prepare and serve the fare themselves. We find the prices reasonable and the service friendly and attentive. The coffee is particularly to our taste, and there always seems a good choice of cakes and sandwiches.
The café opens every day between 10am and 5pm in Spring, and 10am and 6pm in Summer, and the pleasant outside seating in the courtyard offers a good view of the lake dam (though there is seating inside if the weather proves inclement). There is usually plenty of parking just across the road (the car park also serves the sculpture park walks below the dam). The café offers cycle hire (though we have never had need to use their service), and advertises that cyclists and motor bikers are welcome.
To find the café, drive from the south-western end of the dam down the narrow road (past the RSPB shop on the right, then past the Artisans café and bike hire on the left), and the Old Barn Café is on the right facing and just above you, opposite the sculpture trail car park).
In our opinion, much to be preferred to the competitor Artisan café on all counts.