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MamGu Welshcakes Solva Pembrokeshire St David's Cafe Coffee Shop
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It all started in 2010 when Thea and Becky met in the smallest city in the UK - St David's. Both had come back from globe trotting and found themselves now working at a beachside cafe at Whitesands Beach. What they didn't realise was this was the beginning of a great friendship.

It was a trip to holland for a joint birthday that triggered everything. The girls fell in love with the Dutch attitude to life. They noticed that the Dutch are a very patriotic nation who are proud of their routes, just like the Welsh, yet they celebrated it with a modern vibrancy, something they felt was lacking back home. Whilst sat in the sun outside a cosy cafe they chatted about how they could bring some of this modern vibrancy back home – and just like that, the idea of welsh cakes with a twist came to them!

Back home in Pembrokeshire and 700+ welsh cakes later, the girls cracked it. The prefect recipe was discovered and the introduction of alternative flavours began... and so in 2016, MamGu Welshcakes was born!

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Thea and Becky knew they were on to something when at their first Christmas market armed with just a gazebo and one small griddle they sold out... on day one! Over the next few months they started suppling local cafes, delicatessens, attended more festivals and quickly out grew the gazebo. So with the help of talented family and friends they converted a horse box, enabling them to take MamGu Welshcakes Welshcakes further afield.

Finally, in 2018 the girls took the leap. They quit their jobs and took on 20 Main Street, Solva - the location we have all grown to love as MamGu’s Coffee Shop.

Again with the help of family and friends, an almost derelict and rotten building was given a new lease of life. Everything from the seating to the counter was up-cycled to create their vision; a comfortable and warm welcoming atmosphere with a modern hint - keeping loyal to their original idea from that very first Holland trip.

MamGu’s Solva Coffee Shop isn’t just a cafe in a tourist destination, it’s home to a community and a safe space for conversation. Our mission here is simple; support local food producers, educate about sustainability, welsh food and culture, and of course… welsh cakes!

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MamGu Welshcakes Solva St David's Pembrokeshire Cafe Coffee Shop

Since opening MamGu’s Solva Coffee Shop in 2018, we have gone from strength to strength. We have opened a bakery unit in Crossgoch that we like to call the MamGu’s Welshcakery and it’s here which sees over the production and distribution of all our welsh cakes, which are all made and decorated by hand.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for welsh cakes was high… very high! That saw us introduce this website as an online sales platform, giving our loyal customers the chance to keep up their welsh cake fix and also send gift wrapped presents to loved ones during difficult times.

We are proud to employee over 15 full time staff for 12 months of the year, and usually an extra 10 seasonal staff for the summer months. It’s a privilege to be able to offer so much employment to our community.

MamGu Welshcakes is a growing, vibrant and exciting business. Our Solva Coffee Shop is open all year round, and online we now offer over 20 welsh cake flavours (including vegan and gluten free options) and currently 75 different products.

We’re not too sure what the future holds for us, but as long as it includes a good coffee and a welsh cake or two, we’ll be happy!

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