Best of British: Tea and Coffee Shops

Britain loves a brew, and there are more outlets serving hot beverages than ever before. We’ve selected some of the most innovative

Tu Hwnt I’r Bont, Conwy


Covered top to bottom in Virigina creeper, this 15th-century tea shop and gallery has become as well known for its stunning foliage as it has for its char and home-made treats. Changing from green to a vibrant red in late autumn, the ivy-clad building draws photographers looking to get the perfect shot of the Welsh countryside. In fact, the location has become such an iconic landmark that its image even features as one of the standard Windows 7 screensavers for computers. 

Tu Hwnt I’r Bont (Beyond the Bridge) stands on the banks of the river Conwy on the edge of the Snowdonia national park and has been a  welcoming site to weary travellers for over 50 years. The beautiful old building has played a significant role in the history of Llanrwst: it predates the Inigo Jones bridge, beside which it stands, and used to serve as the local courthouse.

The business is now run by Tim Maddox, who relocated from London with his wife and three children in 2003. “We decided to move to the country to live a more civilised, relaxed lifestyle,” says Tim, who took on Tu Hwnt I’r Bont without having visited as a customer. “We feel very honoured to have one of the most iconic buildings in Wales.”

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