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Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ

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Cafe interior with galvanised steel walls and shelves with grey, white and orange crockery stacked. A woman is facing the shelves back facing.


About the Cafe at Oriel Davies

We're committed to doing what we can to minimise our impact on the environment at Oriel Davies. We use the best quality product we can find, because we believe that things that last longer have less impact on the earth’s resources, and we also believe in supporting our local community.

As a sustainable organisation, we take this responsibility seriously and are constantly looking for ways we can do better. From the origins of everything we use, to our commitment to the circular economy, we consider the impact of all our choices.

The gallery cafe space reflects our ethos.

I wanted to create a calm space, where people could meet and talk, somewhere that felt warm, homely and contemporary. Somewhere that felt cosy. Previously the space felt very bright and the acoustics were quite harsh. So from the start I was looking to bring it “in” more, to soften the sound, to define a space. Something to connect with the outside space, and work with the large windows.

I began looking around for ethical paint and found Little Greene. Little Greene produces its paint in a small factory in Bethesda, Gwynedd. They have recently launched their Re:mix range, a collection of left-over, unwanted paints, reformulated into a beautiful, matt finish for interior walls and ceilings. The upcycling of these waste paints prevents as much as 60,000 litres of high-quality mineral and organic raw materials from going to waste each year.

We’ve used Nether Red and Light Beauvais in the cafe. Nether Red is based on sandstone mud pigment from Alderley Edge in Cheshire, where the writer Alan Garner spent his formative years. The Owl Service (1969) has featured in a number of exhibitions over the years at Oriel Davies. Alan Garner described the book as an "expression of the myth" of Blodeuwedd. (Light Beauvais is based on a number of colours found on the tapestries from the Royal Factory in Beauvais, Picardy.)

The next consideration was lighting. I wanted something that was low energy but that would bring the sound level down. Adam Davies, and his brother Daniel, are co-founders of Tŷ Syml, based in Pembrokeshire. The lights in the cafe are hand made in small batches from recycled paper and local, sustainably sourced seaweed. Tŷ Syml are currently focusing on the use of seaweed and mycelium (mushroom) composites as a material to create a range of products such as lampshades and acoustic wall panels. With a focus on sustainability, the materials are designed to have a negligible impact on society and the environment.

One of the reasons that Tŷ Syml is based in Wales is their aspiration to have a positive influence on the local economy.

Tŷ Syml places value on the use of traditional skills that can be used to create modern and sustainable products using locally sourced materials

Our cutlery, crockery and glassware is all designed and made by hand in the UK. The majority of crockery and cutlery is by David Mellor, with some designs by Corin Mellor.

David Mellor Design operates on the simple principle that well-designed equipment can improve your life.

The company was set up by David Mellor, Royal Designer for Industry. Mellor was a key figure in British design with an international reputation as designer, manufacturer and shopkeeper. Born in Sheffield and originally trained as a silversmith, he always specialised in metalwork and is particularly famous for his cutlery which won numerous design awards and which is in many international collections. Corin is the son of David Mellor CBE and cultural historian Fiona MacCarthy OBE, he was born in Sheffield in 1966.


We want people to feel that it’s a friendly, natural environment.

I love mid century design and I like the phrase from architect Berthold Lubetkin in the late 30s: “Nothing is too good for ordinary people!"

I also wanted to reflect on the phrase “Long Life, Loose Fit, Low Energy” by the architect of Oriel Davies Alex Gordon. You can read about this here:

Architecture for love or money long life low energy loose fit

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  • Accessible Toilet
  • Changing Places Toilets
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Leisure Facilities

  • Free WIFI

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Mobile phone coverage


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - In The shop and Cafe only
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

On foot From Newtown train station which is about a 7 minute walk, take the footpath opposite the station exit and alongside the supermarket down to the main road (New Road). Cross straight over at the lights and continue up New Church Street. Cross at the pedestrian crossing into the park. The Gallery is beside the park, on the right hand side. From the town centre, walk to the end of High Street or through the Bear Lanes shopping centre towards the Bus Station. Oriel Davies Gallery is located between the Bus and Coach Station and the park.

Public Transport Directions

By car Keep on the A483 (New Road) into Newtown, and turn into New Church Street, besides a large Church building. After 600m, turn left into Newtown’s Back Lane car park which is pay-and-display. Oriel Davies Gallery is located just 50 metres from the car park on the edge of the town park. There are two blue badge holder spaces at the side of the gallery. By train The nearest train station is Newtown (Powys) operated by Arriva Trains Wales and is a 7 minute walk to Oriel Davies Gallery. Direct train services run from: Birmingham (1hr 40mins), Shrewsbury, (40mins), Telford (1hr), Wolverhampton (1hr 20mins), Aberystwyth (1hr 20mins) and Machynlleth (1hr 40mins). To plan your journey to Newtown, please visit National Rail Enquiries. By bus and coach Oriel Davies Gallery is located immediately adjacent to the Newtown bus and coach station and is well served by local and national bus routes to many towns including Shrewsbury, Wrexham, Llandrindod Wells, Kington, Montgomery and Llandovery, as well as National Express coach services to further destinations such as London, Birmingham and Aberystwyth. Coach parking Coaches can be parked immediately adjacent to Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown’s main car park at Back Lane in designated coach spaces. There is a daily charge. Public Transport Information Traveline Cymru

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.5 miles from Newtown Station

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

* The gallery is open:

March – October

Tuesday - Saturday 10-4

Cafe closes at 3

(From 14.03.2023)

Except for special events

Closed bank holidays


  • 5 Food Standards Hygiene
5 Food Standards Hygiene


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Oriel Davies Gallery, NewtownOriel Davies Gallery, Newtown is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales with an excellent cafe and shop . We are located in beautiful parkland alongside the River Severn.

gallery shop inside view toward an entrance door. There are glass shelves on the right with jewelry inside and white plinths with books and cards of tsiop DAVIES shop, NewtownJewellery & Crafts, giftware, books & and much more. Original art can also be purchased through the Arts Council of Wales Collectorplan.

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