Situated at the top of Merthyr Tydfil’s High Street, Flooks Café is based within a landmark building formerly known as Flooks Jewellers. Now restored with a contemporary feel, the café is a social enterprise run by Llamau, a Cardiff-based charity supporting homeless young people and vulnerable young women across Wales.
Hidden away from the busier parts of Merthyr town centre, Flooks is not just a café; it also houses a selection of arts and crafts work created by local artists, laid out in the window in traditional jewellery display cabinets. The café also offers a meeting room which is used by Llamau to run regular community events and workshops – follow @flookscafe on Twitter and like ‘FlooksCafé’ on Facebook for details.
In addition, visitors can surf the net for free whilst enjoying a hot drink or a bite to eat, using one of the computers available with free Wi-Fi.
The menu caters for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea including hearty fry-ups, made-to-order jacket potatoes, sandwiches, baguettes and paninis, alongside homemade cakes and organic, Fairtrade hot drinks. Daily specials are also available, such as soup of the day and pasta dishes. The café aims to use local ingredients wherever possible, placing an emphasis on the freshness of their food. Everything is freshly prepared and served in front of diners by young people from the Merthyr area and all catering staff are fully-qualified.
Click here to see the full menu for Flooks Café.
I can’t help but drool over the options for bread or potato fillings – roasted veg and arabiatta, honey and chilli beef, Italian meatballs in tomato and basil sauce; it’s a good thing I’ve come with breakfast in mind or I’d be here all day deliberating over what to order.
To whet my appetite, I order a cappuccino (£1.50). This is served in a large cup bearing the café name in dark green, sitting on a saucer. Dusted with chocolate sprinkles the thick, frothy surface hides a pool of rich, creamy coffee, freshly ground and flavoursome.
True to her word, she brings our breakfasts over within no more than ten minutes. At £4.25, the full breakfast includes bacon, two sausages, fried egg, fried potatoes, grilled tomato, beans, black pudding and fried bread. The cost is more than reasonable given the portion size. All of the food is of a high quality and I feel pleasantly full after polishing off the whole plate, making for a tasty (albeit greasy) start to the day.
My guest opts for the vegetarian breakfast, served with all of the above with two veggie sausages and a veggie burger in place of the bacon, meat sausages and black pudding. The waitress allows us to choose how we want our eggs cooked, and so my guest opts for scrambled. Although I’m not veggie I’d say that this breakfast looks pretty appetising, too.
We both really enjoyed eating breakfast at Flooks, and we’ll definitely be returning again in the very near future. Next time, I think I’ll have to try out a crispy baguette stuffed with one of those tantalising fillings I mentioned earlier. If you’re in Merthyr, I highly recommend venturing up the High Street to Flooks Café – it might be a bit out of the way, but it’s worth it – and you’ll be helping to support Llamau. Everyone’s a winner!
(01685) 373 081
*Unfortunately, Flooks Cafe has now closed for business.