Caffi Glas ("the blue cafe") is Portmeirion's most
recent addition, having opened on 2nd April 2007. It is an Italian
style cafe serving pizzas, pasta, paninis and pastries. There are
30 covers inside as well as outside tables on the terrace opposite
the Ship Shop.
The pizzas and other dishes are all prepared on site from good quality fresh ingreditents and baked in the open plan pizza oven behind the main counter. Caffi Glas aims to priovide good quality food at reasonable prices with good service in a pleasant and comfortable environment.
The Italiant theme ties in with Portmeirion's image as an "Italianate village". During the 1960s and early 1970s there was an Italian restaurant called The Salutation locatec in what is now part of The Ship Shop next door to Caffi Glas. Caffi Glas has an espresso machine and a selection on Italian wines as well as soft drinks, fresh orange juice and a children's menu.
The cafe can be hired for private parties and with prior arrangement can be hired for private use in the evenings as well.
It was originally a corrugated iron garage called the "Gipsy Garage", built by Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1950s as a garage for guests' cars. Later on it was used as a tool shed for the gardens but had fallen into disrepair. As it was built on a slope it had three different floor levels which was a disadvantage in finding a use for the building. It had been given a Grade II listing by CADW (Welsh Historic Monumnets) and listed building consent was required to adapt it for use as a cafe. Proper foundations had to be dug which made a single floor level possible throughout the building.
To contact Caffi Glas call 01766 772340