A historic seaside café is for sale after centuries spent as an eatery.

The spot is mere yards from the sea and used to be a rest stop for pilgrims journeying to a nearby holy island in the 1300s.

The café was built in the 17th century in Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales.

The building includes an ice cream parlour, with original features including a large fireplace, and a tearoom.

Being so close to the sea, potential buyers will no doubt be tempted by the café’s beautiful views over the water.

The site of Y Gegin Fawr, which means The Large Kitchen, was a popular rest stop for pilgrims crossing to nearby Bardsey Island.


Back in the 1300s, the travellers would grab a bit to eat at the spot before sailing four more miles out to Bardsey Island – a 1.5 mile-long stretch of land known as the ‘Island of 20,000 Saints’ because legends say 20,000 graves sit beneath the land.

It’s also said to be the real Avalon, where King Arthur was buried.

A monastery was built there in 1516 before being destroyed by Henry VIII in 1537, however it remains an important religious site.


Melfyn Williams, of estate agents Williams and Goodwin, said: ‘It is an ideal location in our view in this popular coastal village – offering a thriving business complete with fixtures and fittings and well located a few metres from the seafront.

‘There are tearooms over two floors and outdoor seating areas, plus the ice cream parlour business next door.

‘While currently running on slightly reduced covers due to 2021 restrictions, the business offers scope for further income.

‘While there is no accommodation with the business, it presents in our opinion a great opportunity that would be ideal for someone who lives nearby.’

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