Stop for refreshment at Bara Brith. Dinas’s new café in ‘Yr Hen Ysgol’ is on the main road opposite the petrol station and it’s open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. The menu changes daily, the staff are all local and you’ll be in for a real treat. It’s popular and if you’re late for lunch you might have to wait for a table.
It’s easy to see why Bara Brith has been an instant success. First of all the food is wonderful.
The soup was delicious. All the ingredients had been pre-roasted and it had a decided (but not overpowering) taste of rosemary. Obviously home-made with love! The staff, attentive and friendly, were all busy and we saw quiches, ploughmans and desserts taken to other tables and we saw that the portions were generous and the dishes tempting.
The café is in what was Mrs Perkins’ reception class (the old school is now a thriving community centre) and the other classrooms and hall are available for a wide range of activities. On one of our visits we enjoyed listening to a large choir practising in the hall across the corridor. There’s a film night on the last Friday of the month and other events advertised on the notice boards.
Around the café, on the walls and deep window ledges, there are displays of work from local artists and craftspeople.
It’s obvious that the café attracts a wide variety of customers from babies (the staff provided a high chair, warmed the baby food and stopped briefly for baby-conversation) to a group of ladies who golf and lingered over a bottle of wine*, an individual plugged into his lap-top frantically finishing a piece of work to a small family of visitors who were studying the leaflets on local walks.
There are comfortable benches in the corridor outside where, on one of our visits, we could see a little business meeting happening. There were other benches available for dog owners who can order their food in the dog-free cafe and take-it-away to the corridor outside where their (well-behaved) dogs are welcome.
For more information about what’s on offer, visit Bara Brith’s Facebook page
*bring your own.