Whilst Dave seems to be the appointed Muddymoles aficionado of all cake matters, I’ve got to jump in and tell you of a place as yet unmentioned that you must put on your hit list.
Yes, there is another reason to make a visit to the Afan trails. However, this reason has nothing to do with the trails or the riding, it’s the nosh.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Afan twice and on both occasions, The Dropoff has left a lasting impression on me, adding to the whole experience.
Situated at the start of the Whites Level and Skyline trails, on the top floor of the excellent Glyncorrwg Visitor Centre, the Dropoff is the perfect place to either begin (perhaps you have camped in the adjacent camping area) or end your day when you need to replace the calories burned and/or kick-back for a while, talking bollox about your day’s exploits, as we all like to do.
On Summer evenings you can enjoy the bbq on the terrace under the shadows of the mountains you’ve just conquered.
Permanent MTB DVD’s playing on the large screen TV, comfy sofas, licenced bar and great staff are all further plusses to its main purpose – providing top quality food.
Refreshingly, the food is not your usual bacon butties and chips fare. It is top quality, nutritious and lovingly prepared, but stout enough to satisfy the biggest appetites – portions are not small and prices are more than reasonable.
Then there’s the drinks. Since I quit the fags and as I get older, I’ve become more coffee-snob and less beer-monster. The lattes and espressos here are so good, I normally leave with my eye’s poppin out of my head and heart palpitations due to caffeine overload! The range of bottled beers and wines is excellent so there’s something for everyone.
Though you don’t need one, The Dropoff is the final excuse you need to visit Afan. A Muddymoles visit is certainly on the cards this year and I can’t wait.