Many culinary delights await you on your journey. Visit our excellent cafés or sample our onboard catering.
Spooner's Grill, Café & Bar
No trip to the railway is complete without a visit to Spooner's Grill Café & Bar in Harbour Station, Porthmadog.
Our excellent café opens early so why not visit for a hearty full breakfast before starting your day or choose your own combination from extensive selection, all individually priced. If you are looking for a tasty lunch we serve a variety of light meals, sandwiches, pies and snacks or take a look at our daily specials board. All food is also available in takeaway boxes, so why not grab something to take on your train journey.
Teas, coffees, cold drinks and a selection of homemade cakes and snacks are available throughout the day.
Our CAMRA award-winning bar offers a wide choice of real ales on tap twelve months of the year, draught beers, bottled wines and a varied selection of malt whiskies including Wales' very own Penderyn. We have an excellent variety of beers from small independent breweries, including Porthmadog's own Purple Moose Brewery together with consistent beer quality and competitive pricing - so come and try a pint of something you've never had before!
Menus are available to download below.
Please also visit Spooner's own website.
Tan y Bwlch Café
Tan-y-Bwlch Café is open every day from March until the end of October, serving a varied selection of freshly cooked hot and cold meals and snacks including pizza made to order, fish and chips, children's lunches, jacket potatoes and much more. Or why not break your journey and pop in for a cup of coffee or a tasty Welsh Maid ice cream while enjoying the views over the Vale of Ffestiniog.
Tan-y-Bwlch is also fully licensed and sells a variety of beers, wines and locally brewed Purple Moose beer.
Tan-y-Bwlch is set amidst beautiful woodland countryside. You can sit indoors or out, either under the canopy or at picnic tables overlooking the station and valley. Parents can relax whilst their children let off steam in our newly-refurbished play area.
If you want to explore further there are plenty of walks starting at Tan-y-Bwlch, including a family friendly nature trail to Llyn Mair (the nearby lake) where you can rest and take in the scenery. Why not take our Ramblers picnic lunch, available freshly made from Tan-y-Bwlch café, down to the picnic area beside the lake?
There is a small gift shop inside Tan-y-Bwlch Café that sells souvenirs.
Tan-y-Bwlch Café is available for hire for parties and other functions by prior request. Please phone 01766 590464.
Ffestiniog Railway On-Train Catering
Most regular timetabled trains provide an at-your-seat light refreshment service throughout the journey. Our stewards will come through the train and take your order from the menu.
The buffet car offers a selection of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks - plus confectionery, cakes and biscuits - all served at your seat. We have a selection of bottled beers including award-winning brews from Porthmadog's own Purple Moose micro-brewery and a Welsh bottled cider.
An informative Traveller's Guide to the railway is also available on the train - to ensure that you get the most from your journey.
During busier times of the year we add extra vintage carriages to our trains. These historic carriages do not have a corridor connection to the rest of the train and our stewards are not able to provide the same level of service in these carriages.
There is usually a varied selection of take away food available from our cafés at Porthmadog and Tan-y-Bwlch which can be purchased before your journey.
Welsh Highland Railway On-Train Catering
In addition to our standard light refreshment service, Welsh Highland trains now have a small kitchen offering a selection of freshly prepared food, including:
• A selection of freshly made sandwiches
• Toasted Sandwiches
• Bacon Rolls
Hot food is available on all departures from both Porthmadog and Caernarfon.
The refreshment trolley works its way through the train providing a selection of hot, cold and licensed drinks, plus confectionery, cakes and biscuits on all services.
New this autumn!
Join us this autumn on one of the top 25 railway journeys in the world, The Welsh Highland Railway. Take a ride on the UK's longest heritage railway that runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, then through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog.
Passengers ride in some of the most comfortable carriages on any heritage railway in the UK, including first class Pullman luxury and freshly-cooked food delivered to your seat.
Pullman Afternoon Teas:
Every Saturday in October we are offering luxury Pullman Afternoon Teas for an additional £15 per person. Afternoon teas are only available to 1st class customers on the 14.10 train from Porthmadog to Caernarfon and must be booked by 5pm on the Friday evening.
Bottles of Prosecco:
Add a little fizz to your journey and celebrate in style with a bottle of prosecco for £17.95. Available on all trains, Pre-booking is essential
Pullman Afternoon Teas and large bottles of Prosecco must be booked in advance - Please call 01766 516024 for further information.
On both railways we are also able to provide a pre-booked catering service for groups and private functions by prior arrangement - please contact our group bookings department who will be pleased to discuss your requirements in detail. The group catering menu and other useful information can be found in our group brochure, a copy of which can be found at the foot of our Group Travel page.
An informative Traveller's Guide to the line is also available on the train - to ensure that you get the most from your journey. In addition, the Buffet Steward and other On-Train Staff will be happy to answer questions about the railway - just ask.