Orme View services
An old service station nestled in the foot of the mountains around Conwy.
Orme View Filling Station
Trivia and History
The service station at Penmaenmawr started out as a garage on the old Conway Road. In 1965 this gained a property on the seafront called Rosecroft, which later became Orme View Bungalow.
Around the same time, the Penmaenmawr branch of Little Chef opened here, making it one of the country's oldest. It was a simple, short building which managed to trade until 2007, when it closed. It had stone-effect cladding and red and white stripes above the windows. In 2002, planning permission for a Travelodge to join the Little Chef here was approved, but this was never added.
The A55 here was upgraded to dual carriageway in 1989 to become part of the North Wales Expressway, significantly changing the view here. A long bus bay was built outside the services which allowed passing coaches heading further into north-west Wales to stop here, but this was removed in 2016.
The former restaurant building received a significant extension with more locally-appropriate cladding in 2014 and became The Puffin Cafe, Deli and Farm Shop. Orme View Bungalow was demolished at the same time. This closed during 2016 due to concerns about roadworks, but it reopened in June 2017. A Revolution Self Service Launderette was later added to the car park in 2018.
The Puffin Cafe soldiered on for another 2 years before finally closing for good in November 2019 when the self service launderette was also removed.
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