You visit a town for the first time and are looking for refreshment. What for you do? Go for one of the big chains that have popped up in virtually every High Street, or do you seek out an local independent café.
If you are in Porthmadog in North Wales, there is a real gem is down by the harbour at 10 Corn Hill (Pen Cei)..
Pethau Melys (translated as Sweet Things) was opened in 2011 by Myfanwy Griffiths and Tom Gloster.
Myfanwy, having graduated with a first class degree in Fashion and Textiles in 2008, set herself up in business as a textle designer, specialising in textile jewellery and home wares. Tom set up business as a potter around 2004, selling his wares is shops all over the UK, to places as far afield as Orkney in Scotland to the Isle of Wight. Whilst walking round Porthmadog there encountered the premises that was to become their business and outlet for their creations.
Opened in 2011 Myfanwy and Tom provide a friendly face when you walk in.
When you walk in Pethau Melys is small, however the welcome is great. When the weather allows you can sit at the tables outside. Once you place your order return to your table and your food and drink will be brought to you. No queuing at the counter waiting for the coffee or tea to be made.
In 2013 a wood fired pizza oven was added and from 12 noon pizzas are available, made to order.
Every pizza is unique, hand made to your requirements using a selection of the toppings available that day. Served whole, a pizza cutter is provided for you to make your own decision on the size of slice you wish to cut as you enjoy it.
You hot drink will be served in one of Pethau Melys’ collection of vintage cups and saucers, and milk in a jug made by Tom.
If a pizza is not to your liking, then there are sandwiches. For Elevenses or Afternoon Tea there is a selection of locally made cakes, different every day, and cream teas.
From the spring of 2014, Pethau Melys is moving to provide a gluten-free menu. Gluten-free pizzas are available providing notice is given and the target is by 2015, 90% of the menu will be gluten free.
In April 2014, Myfanwy and Tom opened a shop at 2 Bank Place in Porthmadog, called Glosters. This shop now provides an outlet for not only their creations, but also a selection of similar gifts produced around the UK.
If all this was not enough, in the Autumn of 2013 Myfanwy and Tom got married and whilst contending with the busiest part of the season, they were also preparing to get married. They document how they produced the wedding favours at the Natural Wedding Company.
Myfanwy also documents her food and craft activities at Mrs Glosters Kitchen.