The Halt at Doldowlod, Nr. Rhayader, Powys LD1 6NN.


OPEN DAILY 8.00am to 5.00pm



The Halt Gardens & Café is an award-winning rest and exercise break facility just 3.5 miles south of Rhayader on the A470. It offers:

- a modern, designer café
- a Garden Room conservatory restaurant
- wide-ranging menus
- extensive gardens
- a children's play engine
- outside seating
- gazebos
- river view pathways
- a dog walking area
- good access for disabled customers
- ample parking
- a large seating capacity


The Halt is the conversion of an old garage workshop into a contemporary licensed café and the transformation of adjacent land into landscaped gardens and woodland planting.

The café has an extensive menu with breakfast, lunch and tea on offer. The kitchen team create freshly cooked specials with a roast every Sunday and cakes for afternoon tea. The tempting aroma of freshly brewed coffee – a house speciality – greets you on arrival.

The buildings are on what was once part of the Cambrian Railway Line – the sign for ‘Doldowlod Halt’ can still be seen on the caravan park close by hence the aptly named ‘Halt’ Café & Gardens.

The Halt was conceived as a place for people on the move – where they can stop, relax, take exercise and refreshments before moving on, and the café walls reflect this theme – adorned with well-known Welsh faces and pen portraits of Welsh men and women who have ‘moved on’.

For warm days, there is a stone paved area with outside seating where customers can take in the colour of seasonal plants, flowers and shrubs. There is additional seating in the gardens with picnic benches and gazebos, and paths through the garden offer glimpses of the River Wye. There is also a Welsh slate water feature and children’s play engine.

A recent addition to the café is the Garden Room conservatory restaurant which has its own menu and gives waitress service. The Café, Garden Room and Gardens have been designed to give easy access to customers who are less mobile.

The café is spacious and has an automatic door and access to the gardens is over a wide, attractively designed bridge effect ramp – a key feature of the outside seating area.