Food Highlights on The Cambrian Way
A fact file of places to experience Welsh food and drink on The Cambrian Way.
Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard
Y Gwinwydd, Llangwstenin, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9JF
First planted in 2012, the vineyard has grown each year. The special grapes are chosen specifically to work well with the soil and climatic conditions in North Wales. A unique vineyard experience with the backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park. Visitors can choose a vineyard tour and can also add a welsh tasting platter and welsh cheese board to their experience! Tours can take place for up to 30 visitors on set days only.
Each tour lasts up to 2 hours.
There is parking suitable for a small coach or minibus.
Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard Website
Plas Derwen, Holyhead Road, Betws y Coed, LL24 0AY
Olif is a tapas bar in Betws y Coed serving up Welsh tapas dishes using local, seasonal produce. Visitors can treat themselves to a delicious meal of Welsh and Spanish inspired tapas and also a selection of local ales, ciders and spirits.
The restaurant has 34 covers and there is accommodation for up to 10 guests. Booking is essential for groups over 6.
No parking is available but they are centrally located and only a few minutes walk from where coaches can drop people off.
The Mushroom Garden
Yr Ardd Fadrach, Glan Meirion, Nantmor, Snowdonia LL55 4YG
Visitors can 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. Foraging walks are held in the Beddgelert area and visitors can learn more about foraging and nature.
15 guests can be catered for per tour and a few days notice should be given prior to visiting.
The tour is approximately 1½ hours.
There are parking facilities for coaches.
The Mushroom Garden, Snowdonia Website
The Dyfi Distillery, Corris, Machynlleth, SY20 9RF
Located in the UNESCO World Biosphere of Dyfi, the Dyfi Dystillery uses local foraged ingredients in its products. Visitors can make the trip to the tiny distillery to take a look at how they produce their gin in small batches and maybe purchase some to take home with them! Visitors would also have the chance to explore the beautiful area surrounding the dystillery. Group tours are not offered as it is a small distillery, but they welcome visitors enthusiastic about gin.
There is parking facilities for coaches as visitors can also enjoy the facilities at the Corris Craft Centre.
The Dyfi Distillery Website
The Cottage, Montgomery, Powys, SY 15 6QT
Monty’s brewery, located in Powys, offers visitors brewery tours and beer tasting. The visitor centre is made up of the centre, tasting room and brewery shop where visitors can explore, taste and buy products to take home. Visitors can also purchase beers from an “Experimental Rage” which is only available to taste and purchase from the visitor centre!
A brewery talk and tasting tour can be arranged for up to 8 guests.
The Monty's Brewery Visitor Centre
Cefn Mably Farm Park – Moody Sow Farm Shop
Began Road, Old St Mellons, Cardiff, CF53 6XL
The Moody Sow Farm shop is located on the Cefn Mably Farm Park between Cardiff and Newport. Visitors can sample fresh, local produce from fresh sausages from pigs reared in the woodland next to the shop, to their own home cured bacon! They also source their other meat and products from local farms as close as possible to the shop. There is a small coffee shop at the site where visitors can enjoy a light lunch or a cup of coffee and also a sun terrace where visitors can relax and enjoy the surroundings. There is parking suitable for coaches.
Moody Sow Farm Shop
Penderyn Distillery, Penderyn, CF44 0SX
Penderyn Distillery has one of the best visitor centres in the UK. The secrets of Penderyn Single Malt Whisky and Merlyn Cream Liqueur are revealed during the tour of the distillery which includes the history of whisky making in Wales. Each tour lasts about an hour and ends in the tasting room where visitors can experience the range of single malt whiskies that Penderyn offers.
Tours can be arranged for up to 20 guests at one time and last 1 hour. Master classes take around 2½ hours. Sensible footwear must be worn. Unfortunately, there is no accessibility for wheelchairs.
Penderyn Distillery Website
Loving Welsh Food
'Loving Welsh Food' offers Welsh Food Tours and Safaris, Welsh cooking workshops, talks and demonstrations-all showcasing Wales wonderful food and drink, and of course, Wales. On the Welsh Food Tours and Safaris, you'll get the chance to meet a range of producers, hear their stories and taste their produce. You can also create your own personalised tour - combining the activities with some of Cardiff and the Vales’ many cultural attractions. Welsh cooking workshops are also on the menu, where you'll be cooking in the heart of Cardiff, overlooking the Principality Stadium (formerly Millennium Stadium).
Group discounts are applicable for a minimum party size of 16.
Private tours can be arranged in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Welsh and English.
Loving Welsh Food Website
Black Mountains Smokery
Elvicta Estate, Crickhowell, Powys, NP18 1DF
The Black Mountains Smokery produce gourmet, award winning smoked foods in their family run smokehouse in Crickhowell. Their meats and fish are delicately cured and oak smoked. They also produce delicatessen smoked foods. Visitors can book a smokery tour to find out more about how they work and also tasting sessions to try to excellent produce! Tours for groups of up to 20 can be arranged in advance between January and September, which also include taste testing. They last around 45 minutes. There is enough parking space for one coach. Larger parties can be accommodated with time split between the Smokery and Crickhowell.
Black Mountains Smokery Website