There’s been a huge upsurge of interest in real food: you know, authentic ingredients from coast and hillside, honestly prepared with love and skill. And it’s not just about winning stars and rosettes (although there are plenty of them). It’s become a matter of enormous pride to chefs that this particular fillet came from that field there, and this lobster was landed by him, the bloke in the corner of the bar, with the hat.
Many of the great places to eat in Wales come with the True Taste seal of approval and the blessing of other major food guides.
- Bunch of Grapes
It looks like a cosy Valleys local (and indeed it is), but it’s also a fab gastro pub, which brews its own multi-award-winning Otley beer.
- Caesars Arms
This close-to-Cardiff institution, famed for its fish, now comes with its own farm shop.
- The Old Stables Tea Rooms
This Hay-on-Wye gem has won gongs for both its tea room and award-winning preserves.
- Newbridge on Usk
This 200-year-old country inn set on the banks of the River Usk is an award-winning five star restaurant-with-rooms.
- Castle Cottage
A pair of rugged buildings are home to a delightfully contemporary restaurant-with-rooms.
- Old Bull’s Head
This historic inn has a fine-dining restaurant and a chic contemporary brasserie, right next to beautiful Beaumaris.
- Caffi Florence
There are lots of reasons to visit Denbighshire’s Loggerheads Country Park, but this is our favourite.
- Plas Bodegroes
The food, the art, the rooms, the location – everything is just about perfect at this Pwllheli favourite.
- Tyddyn Llan
Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms set splendidly in the Clwydian hills.
- The Drawing Room
Local Wye Valley produce is used to great effect at this elegant Georgian country house near Builth Wells. www.the-drawing-room.co.uk
- Ynyshir Hall
This sumptuous coastal hotel comes with a lovely Michelin-starred restaurant. www.ynyshirhall.co.uk
- The Hive
There’s a real buzz (ha!) about the famous honey ice cream at this upmarket caff on Aberaeron harbour.
- Y Ffarmers
Just out of Aberystwyth is the kind of pub every village wishes it had: well-kept beer, good food and friendly staff.
- Nantyffin Cider Mill Inn
This 16th century inn between Crickhowell and Brecon was well known for its production of cider but is now recognised as one of the great food places in Wales.
Cracking Spanish deli/café with outlets in Narberth and Aberystwyth, and a fine mail- order business dealing in Iberian delicacies.
Informal, relaxed, and passionate about good food, all in at the heart of little St Davids.
- Y Polyn
An old-fashioned country inn serving cutting-edge pub food, in the beautiful Tywi valley.
A pair of British Lion rugby players went into business with local food experts, and scored an instant hit with this terrific Llanelli dockside restaurant. www.sosbanrestaurant.com
- Welcome to Town
Despite the name, there’s a cosy rural feel to this Gower gem, which makes great use of local produce. www.welcometotown.co.uk
Homemade cakes and breads, local crab, speciality teas... and all on the banks of the magical Cleddau in Pembrokeshire.
It may have only been open for a matter of weeks, but Pembrokeshire's new Coast restaurant has already been awarded two AA Rosettes. The restaurant which overlooks Coppet Hall beach near Saundersfoot, is headed up by renowned chef Will Holland, who earned a Michelin star before turning 30.
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