When asked what Wales means to them, many people talk about the stunning landscapes and the unspoilt beauty of the great outdoors, or perhaps of the warm Welsh welcome and friendly nature of the people who live here. Others, however, will wax lyrical about the amazing food that is produced and sold in Wales, and that’s the topic of today’s blog post, as we showcase some of the best places to visit in Wales if you’re a real foodie.
Where better to start a foodie tour of Wales than in Abergavenny? Just a short trip over the Severn Bridge, Abergavenny plays host to an incredibly popular food festival each year in September. The festival spreads throughout the town and involves guest speakers, cookery demonstrations and tasting sessions, with plenty of opportunities to buy some superb produce to take home with you. Abergavenny is also well worth a visit at any other time of the year, and the town’s boutique stores, delis, butchers and grocers will please foodie tourists year-round.
It may come as a surprise to some, but Wales is actually something of a hotspot for artisan cheese-making, and any foodie visitors should make sure that they sample some of the best Welsh cheeses during their stay. Caerphilly is perhaps the most well-known of the Welsh cheeses, and was originally produced for the miners of the South Wales valleys. Today, only a few artisan producers of Caerphilly cheese remain, including the award-winning Caws Cenarth, based in Boncath. Whilst many of the great cheesemakers of Wales aren’t able to receive visitors to their premises, it’s easy to find their cheeses for sale across Wales. If you’re visiting Cardiff, be sure to track down Madame Fromage or The Welsh Cheese Company, two incredible cheese shops where you will be assured of tastebud-tickling delights.`
If you’re holidaying in North Wales, make a point of visiting the farm shop at the Rhug Estate. The 12,000 acre estate produces organic beef, lamb and pork, which are all available to buy in the stunning farm shop. As well as home-grown produce, the farm shop stocks a carefully selected range of premium and organic produce from across Wales. There’s also a fabulous restaurant, so you can enjoy the delights of the Rhug Estate right there and then, with a hearty breakfast, a delicious lunch or afternoon tea.
Our next suggestion for your foodie tour of Wales may come as a bit of a shock. Close to the stunningly beautiful, pocket-sized city of St. Davids in Pembrokeshire, Grub Kitchen hints in its name at what might be on the menu. Yes, that’s right – this is an entomophagic restaurant – which, for the uninitiated, means that insects are used throughout the menu. From cricket blinis served with crispy seaweed, to a signature ‘bug burger’ that includes crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers, dining at Grub Kitchen is guaranteed to be a little out of the ordinary. For the faint-hearted, there are dishes that don’t contain any insects, but we think it’s definitely worth trying, even if you just stick to the bug ‘taster board’. A recent tweet shown below gives an idea of what’s on offer:
Little visit down to @GrubKitchen on the weekend. Excellent food and an interesting display of exotic animals.
Flatbread dishes were topped with a mealworm hummus and black ant tzatziki, alongside a curried cricket pakora.
Following this we had the famous GrubKitchen bug burger! pic.twitter.com/IP1HGeYfFO
— Ento Munch (@Ento_Munch) November 15, 2017
We’ve barely scratched the surface on what Wales has to offer for food-lovers and fans of artisan produce, and we’ll be sure to share more great foodie ideas over on Twitter and Facebook in the coming weeks. If we’ve inspired you to come and hunt out some amazing food experiences, why not check our accommodation finder, to select the perfect getaway location?