Cadwaladers is a family run chain of well known cafes that originated in Gwynedd, Wales. The original ice cream parlour was introduced in Criccieth, by husband and wife David and Hannah Cadwalader in 1926, and was originally run as a general store. After the business was taken over by one of their children, Dafydd, he changed the emphasis and fish, as well as vanilla ice cream, was sold from the end of World War II. The vanilla ice cream had a secret recipe, reputedly including the addition of 6 lbs of "shan't tell you" and "a great deal of love and care."
After Dafydd Cadwalader died in 1983, Cadwalader's was taken over again, by a family of Welsh entrepreneurs. The new owners expanded the business to cover North Wales and Cardiff. Today, Cadwalader's stores can be found in Wales at Betws-y-Coed, Cardiff Bay, St Davids shopping centre Cardiff, Criccieth, Porthmadog, Portmeirion,Pwllheli and Llanelli. The Llanelli store officially opened on 11 January 2014 and features the historian, Jonathan Evans, as its assistant manager. The Criccieth store has been expanded from a standard ice cream shop to a café, and a further shop has been opened in England at Trentham Gardens, with a second English shop opening in the Trafford Centre on Boxing Day 2010. The products of Cadwalader's are not confined to various ice creams, but also include hot and cold drinks, cakes and baguettes.
Criccieth store offer weekly live Jazz for much of the year on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. There is no charge for admission but a collection is held.