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    New retail concept

    28th March 2011

    For the 2011 season Snowdon Mountain Railway is launching a new and unique shopping experience in its retail outlets. Relevant local themes have been used to create areas within the shop where similar products can be found together. The ‘Sheep Pen’ and ‘Dragons Den’ areas have a large range of sheep and dragons of every shape, size and texture with everything from doorstops and pen tops to mugs and tea towels – not forgetting some of the cuddliest, softest toys around. The sheep and dragon theme continues into our range of Celtic jewellery with irresistibly cute pendants and earings, although traditional Celtic designs make up the majority of the collection and are also reflected throughout our Pewter gift range. Alongside the traditional there is a stunning range of contemporary jewellery from Clogau Gold. This is produced from some of the last of the Welsh Gold which is one of the rarest golds in the world. The leisure wear and fabrics area now includes a new range of bright cotton T shirts, and casual clothing from a range by ‘Lazy Jacks’. Also a beautiful range from Welsh ‘Tweedmills’ of blankets, throws and picnic rugs which are ideal for al fresco eating after you have been tempted by our new range of locally sourced Welsh food and drinks. Our original oak dresser is now overflowing with jams, mustards and pickles from Goetre Preserves and Welsh Pantry, along with recently introduced oatcakes which compliment our range of Snowdonia cheeses perfectly. Anglesey Sea Salt is world renowned and has a beautiful range of specially selected bowls to compliment the different salts that are now available. There are cakes and bakes from Gwynedd Confectionery and Popty Cae Groes – the Bara Brith is one of the best we have ever tasted. To go along with this we have our ‘Chocolate Barrow’ which is full of tempting chocolate treats such as chocolate trains, sheep and dragons or even a chocolate lollipop – perfect for finishing off your picnic or for taking home as a special gift or ‘thank you’ for someone. Also to tantalise your tastebuds we have beers brewed by Conwy and Purple Moose Breweries, Penderhyn Welsh whisky and Welsh punch and cordials. Come and browse in our new ‘Book Corner’ which has beautifully illustrated volumes covering everything from railways – including a new Snowdon Mountain Railway hardback by Peter Johnson, well respected author of many definitive railway publications - to the majesty of the surrounding Snowdonia Mountains. Amongst the range of smaller books there is a variety of topics to keep you interested and answer your questions, whether they are on local history, language and traditions or Welsh recipes. You can find something for the younger reader with stories of trains, sheepdogs or Merlin to capture their imagination. For the children – and all those of us still in our second childhood – our range of tin toys, picked to reflect our 115 year old heritage, has to be evocative and irresistible. Large models of mainline steam trains are an ideal gift or souvenir and who could resist the clockwork penguins and mice. The gently turning Ferris Wheel plays the sweetest tune as it gives its passengers the ride of a lifetime. Our ‘Penny Press’ machine offers you the only opportunity to press your own penny into a badge with any one of four designs unique to Snowdon Mountain Railway and this is the only place you will be able to buy the Certificate to say that you made it to the top of Snowdon – the highest peak in England and Wales. Amongst our other unique items there are lazer cut paperweights, T shirts and hats, coasters made from ancient Welsh slate, leather and stationery items and a range of resin model Snowdon Mountain Railway trains and carriages. Llanberis Station Buffet and Platform Grill and the Summit Visitor Centre, Hafod Eryri, are now offering a range of Welsh produced Pies, Paninis and Toasties and a selection of Sandwiches with a flavour of Wales – a Welsh Rarebit filling will bring you a strong Welsh Cheddar cheese with beer & mustard with Sauted Leeks & Spring Onion and a mayonnaise dressing on extra thick oatmeal bread. But for a bigger appetite you may choose Welsh Beef with Welsh horseradish and caramelised onions & rocket, and the Welsh Oggie is a pasty almost certainly guaranteed to satisfy the biggest appetite or it is also perfect for sharing. From the Plarform Grill the staff will be pleased to cook you burgers or hot dogs to order and serve them with your choice of sauce or you may wish to try our ‘Roast of the Day’ baguette – beef, pork or gammon with an accompanying sauce, and possibly straight or curly fries to go with them. There is always a temptingly delicious choice of cakes which are delivered daily from the baker in the local village and these never fail to make your mouth water. Who can resist fresh scones with jam and cream or a chocolate eclair or a sugary doughnut? For a taste of Wales there are also crumbly, soft Welsh Cakes and mildly spiced BaraBrith – a traditional fruit cake with spices served with or without butter. A selection of Welsh beers, Snowdon Water, wines and soft drinks, alongside hot drinks including coffee, hot chocolate, lattes, cappucinos and tea are there for your indulgence in all three of our serveries. For any special occasions, or just as a reward for making it to the top of the highest mountain in England and Wales, there are bottles of sparkling wine from around the world to share and toast with friends and family. Back to Recent News