The Ponderosa Café

Horseshoe Pass Complex - A great day out for all the Family

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A542 Horseshoe Pass road is OPEN  ~ CAFE OPEN EVERYDAY    


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To the ‘Ponderosa Cafe Complex’ on the 'Horseshoe Pass' near Llangollen.  We have a large Cafe with an extra seating area which has recently been refurbished.  

To keep it simple we at the Ponderosa Cafe offer fast friendly service and great value for money. if you require any more information please contact us on: 01978 790307 or you can email us at 

  • Special Events (see below)
  • B & Bs ARE NOW ONLY OPEN ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAYS,  £50.00 per person per night, breakfast inc.  
  • Cafeteria & Dining-Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Extensive car parking areas
  • Toilets & Disabled Facilities
  • Bikers Paradise

This year we are celebrating our 36th year as a family run business. The Ponderosa Cafe is one of the most popular area of outstanding beauty to visit in North Wales and North Western UK.  At 1,400 ft above sea level it offers some of the most stunning views in the area and breathtaking walks that make you feel on top of the world! To the North of the Cafe the Clwydian Mountain range is clearly visible (weather permitting!!!) and on a very clear day the three peaks of Snowdon can be clearly recognised.   You can expect all the usual services associated with a venue of this calibre including.....

Everyone is welcome to the Ponderosa Cafe  including families, parties and coaches parties (Booking is advised for coach parties).

The Ponderosa Cafe Complex is also a famous meeting place for Motorcycle enthusiasts.  With fantastic roads to ride, you can expect to see all types of bikers here from new young riders to born again bikers, Cruisers, Tourers, Customs, Trailies, Sports, brand new and vintage.  BSA, Triumph, AJS, Vincent etc.  If it has two wheels, you’ll probably see it here especially in the summertime.

There are also many other attractions just a few miles away in Llangollen, home of the famous International Eisteddfod.  Come and visit us soon and be sure of a warm welcome.


Discover activities for all ages in the Vale of Llangollen.  The area offers so many fantastic things to do, there is sure to be something  to interest and excite.

Explore the thrills of the many outdoor activities in and around the town. You can ride the white water, climb high above the valley or cycle along beautiful and challenging trails. If fishing is your favourite pastime, you can do that here too, either in the river, canal or one of our local fisheries. 

One of our visitors has called Llangollen "a walker's paradise" and there are walks for all abilities in stunning scenery, including the most dramatic section of the Offa's Dyke path.

Picnic in the Riverside Park, take a ride on the steam train or the horse-drawn canal boats. Take a trip over the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For a glimpse into our Georgian history, visit Plas Newydd, the home of the Ladies of Llangollen. Wander round the gardens and complete your visit with  a cup of tea or a light meal in the tearooms. 

Catch a performance of an opera, musical or a play by one of our talented, award-winning groups at the Victorian Town Hall.

Enjoy the atmosphere of the International Musical Eisteddfod and the Fringe festival in July, the Food Festival in October and the Christmas Festival at the end of November not forgetting the Pantomime in January!

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