Welsh food tours
Visit The Blaenafon Cheddar Company in Blaenavon, a World Heritage Site. Here you will find a selection of handmade Cheddar and goat’s cheese made with quality local ingredients - one of which is matured underground at the neighbouring Big Pit Mining Museum.
It’s one of the smallest distilleries in the world. Not only does it produce the finest quality single malt whisky but also a range of Welsh spirits such as Merlyn liqueur, Brecon Vodka and Brecon Gin. Visitors can experience the distilling, bottling process and the history of whisky making in Wales. And of course, you’ll get to sample the spirits!
Head south to Swansea Market. You can try a range of Welsh delicacies including cockles from the tidal Penclawdd Sands and laverbread, an edible seaweed. Fresh fish here is especially good, as are locally reared lamb and beef, Gower vegetables and local cheeses. Follow the aroma in the market to sample freshly baked Welsh cakes which you’ll find on the bakestone or griddle.
Head further west to Llandeilo. At Heavenly you can indulge in luxurious chocolates, ice cream and desserts. They have a reputation for creating unique ice cream flavours - all made using Welsh organic milk and cream. Three of these are made from ingredients grown at nearby Aberglasney Gardens – Oranges, Lavender and Banana.
If you have time, visit Aberglasney House and Gardens, just a short journey from Llandeilo. The Garden Lost in Time features a Cloister Garden, Pool Garden, Stream Garden, an 18th century Yew Tunnel and an award-winning 'Ninfarium', an indoor garden with exotic plants from around the world.
Visit St Davids, the smallest city in Britain, in the heart of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With four restaurants in the Good Food Guide 2008, despite having a population of less than 2,000, it is reflecting a rising trend. Known more for its cathedral and stunning scenery, St Davids has rocketed on to the British culinary map and has become a top foodie destination. Britain's smallest city now boasts more eateries per head of population than anywhere else in the UK.
You may want to wander around St Davids before going on to Caerfai Farm. It's an organic dairy farm which uses various forms of alternative energy. You can buy their Cheddar and Caerphilly cheeses, organic milk, homemade bread and croissants in the farm shop but note it's only open from Whitsun until late September.
If you've got time take a stroll to Caerfai Bay, it's just a five-minute walk.
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- Aberglasney House & Gardens
- Southern Wales
- Blaenafon Cheddar Company
- Caerfai Farm
- Big Pit
- Welsh Whisky Company
- Swansea market
Anglesey really is an experience for all the senses. Once known as the ‘bread basket of Wales’ due to its fertile land, the island still makes the most of its surroundings, such as offering the freshest of seafood straight from the sea, seasoned with delicious Halen Môn sea salt drawn directly from the crystal clear waters of the Menai Strait.
Visit the monthly farmers market at Menai Bridge on the third Saturday of the month. Local food producers offer a selection of tasty treats, most of which will be made, picked or caught fresh that morning. Or join in one of the popular festivals, including the Anglesey Oyster and Food Festival.
Of course, if you prefer your culinary delights prepared and served straight to your table, make a booking at one of Anglesey’s fantastic restaurants. Try the laidback style of Dylan’s, taste the best of local produce at the Black Lion, be tempted by the seasonal menus of The Bull in Beaumaris or enjoy the amazing setting at the Oyster Catcher.
Begin the day with a visit to meet well known Welsh bard and poet Cynan Jones at his fascinating mushroom garden, Yr Ardd Fadrach, near Porthmadog.
Just a short journey will take you to the picturesque seaside resort of Criccieth. Try Cadwalader's ice cream - it's been parading its knickerbocker glories on Castle Street since the 1920s. There are several Cadwallader’s cafes across Wales but it all started here, at Castle Street, Criccieth.
Aerona is the first aronia berry liqueur to be sold in the UK. It’s made using aronia berries from the family farm in Pwllheli. Behind the scene tours are available for groups (max. 12) and individuals by appointment, taking around 30-40 minutes and will include a field visit to learn about the plants, a talk about the production and bottling process and of course a chance to sample the liqueur.
Another option in Porthmadog is Purple Moose Brewery (Bragdy Mws Piws), an award winning 10 barrel micro-brewery. They produce four standard beers including Cwrw Eryri (Snowdonia Ale) and seasonal specials. Laurence and his team welcome visitors and can arrange a tour for groups up to 15 people by appointment only. Tour duration – approximately 1 hour. Please note that normally tours can be arranged on evenings and Saturdays only.
Dramatic Conwy is your first port of call, an historic town overlooking a broad estuary. Conwy Castle is a must before taking a stroll around the ancient walled town. Take a tour of Conwy Brewery – tours take around one hour and must be booked in advance, max group size is 10. Moving from the oil exploration industry, Gwynne Thomas turned his technical scientific skills to brewing beer. A wide variety of quality cask and bottle conditioned ales are brewed from mainstream brands to short-run speciality/guest beers.
Visit the famous Edwards of Conwy butcher’s shop, home of the award winning traditional Welsh Sausage Company. Then head down to Bodnant Welsh Food, an exciting new food centre which opened in July 2012. It is located at Furnace Farm on the Bodnant Estate, in the Conwy Valley. The farm is a wonderful range of stone farm buildings dating from the 18th century. The buildings have come back to life as a home for the best in local and Welsh food. There is a farm shop selling predominantly Welsh produce, a tea-room and restaurant serving mainly Welsh food, a cookery school and it also home to the new National Beekeeping Centre for Wales. Visitors are able to combine a visit to the famous Bodnant Garden.
Travel to Llannefydd in Denbigh, taking approximately 45 minutes. Llaeth y Llan Dairy is a family owned business making a wide range of yogurts from local milk. There’s a choice of twenty different flavours - including the elite Cointreau and whisky brands! Tours are available for 10-48 people by appointment only, early booking recommended. Tours take around 2-3 hours depending if you choose to include a buffet lunch or afternoon tea.
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