I walked down into the village for my usual circuit down Gwelfor Road and back up Balkan Hill yesterday (Saturday) and checked out some opening times. There were more people in Aberdovey than I’ve seen before since the start of the lockdown, and it was a matter of crossing the road several times to maintain the 2m distance, but the car parks are still very quiet. The opening times below are offered in good faith, but they may change at any moment depending on the experience of individual shops.
The Abedyfi Butcher continues to be open Monday to Saturday 8am to 2pm. You can visit the shop (there’s no room for more than one person inside at a time) but they are also happy to take orders and payment over the phone, you can then pick up your order from outside the shop if you’d prefer (you can pull up in your car right outside the shop) and they will bring the order out to the car for you. 01654 767223
Walkers Quality Fish and Chips is now open during evenings on Friday and Saturday preferably for telephone orders and you will be given a slot, but they will also allow a maximum of four people at a time in the shop for drop-in purchases. Enter by the side entrance (up the alley between the fish and chip shop and the building to its right) and practice strict social distancing. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Walkers-Quality-Fish-Chips-407214866695428, 01654 768098.
The Sweet Shop, with its wonderful ice cream, is now open 1100-1400 from Thursday to Saturday. The front door is barred by an information sign and instead the huge open window is used to serve the ice cream, with all the usual cones etc available. A blackboard listing all flavours available is propped on the side of the window. Masks and latex gloves are used by the staff, and social distancing is strictly observed. https://www.aberdyfiicecream.com, Hello@AberdyfiIceCream.com, 01654 767 222.
Dai’s Shed is open for seafood from 1100 – 1400, Thursday – Saturday, and you can phone them to find what’s available. Huss, flounder, mackerel, crab and lobster have all been available recently, but it depends what Dai manages to catch when he’s out on his boat, so it’s a case of seeing what’s available, and you can phone to find out. Dressed crab is usually available frozen if fresh is not available, and I can recommend it. http://www.daisshed.co.uk, 07944 264821.
The Coast Deli and Dining is now offering a take-away Call and Collect menu from 1700-2015 from Thursday to Sunday, and a copy of the menu is both on the website and in its window showing starters, main courses and desserts and a range of drinks. Orders can be placed by email or telephone. The gorgeous aromas emerging when I passed made me absolutely starving. https://www.coastdelidining.co.uk, croeso@coastdelidining,co.uk, 01654 767470
Both the Aberdyfi Village Stores (Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aberdyfivillagestores/, 1654 767451) and the Spar (01654 767415) continue to remain open, certainly in the mornings, but I forgot to check the afternoon closing times, and the Aberdyfi Village Stores Facebook page says that their opening times may be subject to change. Both practice a strict rule of allowing a maximum of two people in the store at once.
The Post Office has continued to remain open throughout the lockdown, practising strict social distancing rules, with only two people at a time in the store, whether that’s for the Spar or the Post Office.