Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower is very well known for its award winning beaches – but the awards and accolades are now starting to spill over into the food and drink sector.
Swansea Market, the largest indoor market in Wales celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and is always recognised for its fresh, local produce; from Penclawdd cockles and laverbread, to warm welshcakes served straight from the griddle.
But one of the area’s finest eateries has been recognised at a national level. Maes yr Haf Restaurant on Gower, is in the running for The Good Food Guide's Restaurant of the Year Award! Recent winners of the Swansea Life Award for ‘Best Restaurant (fine dining), Maes yr Haf offers daily updates to their menus and try to make the most of the local produce available.
And, with the opening of two new City Centre restaurants, Cosmo and the Bangkok Café, residents and visitors to Swansea can treat themselves to a whole host of different types of eating-out experiences. Not forgetting the new Grape and Olive restaurant at the Meridian Tower (the highest restaurant in the UK (probably!), where diners can enjoy spectacular views across Swansea Bay to Mumbles, itself home to a great selection of high quality restaurants serving the finest of local produce.
Swansea’s bars are also being recognised amongst its peers. A favourite haunt of Swansea’s famous son, Dylan Thomas, the No Sign Wine Bar has been selected by Visit Britain as one of ‘Britain’s Top 10 Bars’ alongside London’s Mayfair Hotel.
And the culinary celebrations don’t stop there. On 16th April, at the Canolfan Gorseinon Centre, Gorseinon Food Festival kicks off, offering a flavour of local produce, musical entertainment and local crafts with local school’s cookery competitions. This is one of many local produce markets held across the destination, providing a real local alternative, whilst reducing the carbon footprint – so it’s healthy all round.
Frances Jenkins, Swansea Council’s Strategic Manager, Tourism, Marketing and Events said ‘We are delighted that businesses in Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower are being recognised at a local and national level. The food and drink sector is worth over £53.89 m to the local economy so we need to ensure that we continue to drive up quality in order to keep attracting the high level of repeat visitors that visit Swansea year on year ’.