Top 10 Food & Drink in Wales
- Try our award-winning Welsh Cider and Perry
Bill started making cider 10 years ago with his nephew Drew as a hobby at Llest Farm, Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd. Gwynt y Ddraig now produces a wide selection of draught and oak matured bottled ciders. Look out for their open weekends.
There’s also the chance to try other local Welsh cider in the annual Welsh Perry & Cider Festival
- Iechyd Da! – Cheers
SA Brain is the best known and biggest selling brewed beer in Wales. It produces traditionally brewed beers such as SA Gold, The Rev. James, Dark and Brains Bitter. Brains Black is their Welsh stout and they also produce seasonal ales such as ‘Bread of Heaven’, ‘Milkwood’ and ‘Merlin’s Oak’. Find a SA BRAIN pub in Wales
You’ll also find a lot of micro-breweries in Wales like Purple Moose Brewery (Bragdy Mŵs Piws) in Porthmadog.
Find more with the Association of Welsh Independent Breweries
- Discover the history of single malt whisky making
Penderyn is the only distillery in Wales and one of the smallest distilleries in the world. Here the Welsh Whisky Company produces Penderyn Single Malt Whisky and a range of high quality Welsh Spirits such as Merlyn Liquer, Brecon Vodka and Brecon Gin. Visiting Penderyn Distillery has become one of the most popular things to do in South Wales.
- Take a tour, learn to cook or stay the night in a vineyard
Llanerch Vineyard offers woodland walks, vineyard tours and wine tastings, B&B boutique accommodation, a bistro café and bar. Food lovers can indulge in an inspirational course at Angela Gray’s cookery school, or attend one of their monthly culinary events.
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- Take a tea break at the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny
It’s the winner of the Tea Guild’s prestigious Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2011 and serves an excellent afternoon tea. Choose from an extensive variety of teas, served with perfect sandwiches, scones and delicious cakes and pastries.
A selection of tea rooms in Wales
- Discover how farmhouse cheese is made
Caws Cenarth produces hand-made cheeses from locally sourced organic dairy farms in the Tefi Valley. You can learn how the farmhouse cheese is made at the visitor centre and enjoy a free tasting.
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- Sample food and drink at Abergaveny Food Festival
It’s one of Wales’ largest food festivals in Wales and takes place in September . Featuring some of the brightest lights of the culinary world it occupies the centre of the town across six venues. Around one hundred and seventy stalls with produce from Wales, the Marches and further afield, together with a programme of individually ticketed masterclasses, tutored tastings and chef demonstrations.
"As Cannes is to Film, so is Abergavenny to food" (Observer Food Monthly).
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- Don’t miss Swansea Indoor Market
It’s the largest in Wales and the most famous in the UK. There’s over 100 stalls. Sample local delicacies such as cockles fresh from Penclawdd and laverbread. Buy Welsh Cakes (Pice ar y Maen) straight off the griddle!
- Eat at a restaurant featured in The Good Food Guide
Discover local food - we’re famous for our beef and lamb; we’ve got plenty of fabulous sea and river fish, like mullet, gurnard, lobsters, crab, sewin (sea trout) and salmon and of course lots of award-winning cheeses.
- Food for free
Learn to be a food forager in Wales
The Foxhunter, Nanderry
Wild Spirit Bushcraft
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