Trader of the Week: Conwy Valley hidden gem resurrected in lockdown

WHERE for many businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns spelt the end, or at least put the brakes on, for an old Conwy Valley pub and hotel, it coincided with its rebirth.

In a year dominated by restrictions on gatherings and hospitality, Michael Ian Hales, chef and owner of The Tal-y-Cafn perhaps went against the grain by purchasing the site and restoring it to the community in 2020.

With a food menu combining produce sourced from near and far, recipes developed by Michael, and an array of drinks championing some of North Wales’ finest brewers and distillers, it’s been quite the