Cadwalader's Ice Cream

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Coffee, ice cream and food cafe
Industry Ice cream parlour/Cafe/Coffee Shop
Founded Criccieth, Gwynedd, Wales (1927)
Founder David and Hannah Cadwalader
Headquarters UK, Cardiff, Wales
Number of locations
Area served
Wales, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester
Products Ice Cream, Cakes, Coffee, food
Slogan Take some time out.

Cadwaladers is a family run chain of cafes that originated in Gwynedd, Wales. The original ice cream parlour was introduced by husband and wife David and Hannah Cadwalader in 1927 in Criccieth and was originally run as a general store. The business was passed onto one of their children, Dafydd, who changed the emphasis of the store and removed fish from sale. He sold, from the end of World War II, vanilla ice cream that Hannah Cadwalader developed. The vanilla ice cream was made on the premises with a secret recipe which is still being used today. The tagline of the vanilla ice cream was 6 lbs of "shan't tell you" and "a great deal of love and care."

After Dafydd Cadwalader died in 1983, Cadwalader's was bought by a family of Welsh entrepreneurs, The Andrews Family who also own Castle Lesuire. The owners expanded the business to cover North Wales and Cardiff. Today, Cadwalader's stores can be found in Wales at Betws-y-Coed, Cardiff, Criccieth, Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Llanelli. The stores can also be found in England at Trentham Gardens and The Trafford Centre Barton Square.[1][2]

The cafe now concentrates on providing Hannah Cadwaladers secret recipe vanilla ice cream, a variety of flavoured ice creams, lunch items and coffee products.

The most recent addition to the Cadwaladers menu is the introduction of the companies own exclusive coffee blend and a bespoke blend of loose leaf tea. Cadwaladers are now also serving coffee liqueur, ice cream cocktails and affogato as part of their drinks menu.

Criccieth store offer weekly live Jazz for much of the year.


  1. ^ "Cadwalader's Ice Cream". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Out for a Bite: Cadwalader's Ice Cream Cafe, Criccieth". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 

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