It’s no surprise that Wales is fast becoming a favoured destination for foodies in the British Isles. Wales after all, is home to some of the finest foods in the world; cheese, fresh fish and fine meat, to name a few. There are certainly lots of spots in Wales offering fantastic food and drink experiences, so we have narrowed down where you can find the best.
The Blaenafon Cheddar Company in Blaenavon
Located in the World Heritage Site of Blaenavon, the Blaenavon Cheddar Company is a family run business producing specialty handmade Welsh cheddar cheeses and soft Welsh goats’ cheeses made with quality local ingredients. The company is also well known for flavouring many of its cheeses with locally made alcoholic drinks like whisky and cider. Visitors have the opportunity to take part in the fantastic cheese tasting experience and sample some of the award-winning cheeses and range of unique flavours you won’t find anywhere else.
Penderyn Distillery (The Welsh Whisky Company)
If it’s a true Welsh whisky experience you’re looking for, look no further than Penderyn Distillery, also known as the Welsh Whisky Company. Penderyn distillery has been producing the first commercially available whisky from Wales since the 19th century and today the whisky remains the only one currently produced in Wales. The distillery can be found in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales where tours are available to learn everything there is to know about Penderyn. In 2019, the visitor centre welcomed more than 43,000 visitors.
Swansea Market, Swansea
As the largest indoor market in Wales, Swansea market offers both tourists and locals a unique shopping experience. The market’s roots can be traced back to the 12th century when Swansea established itself as a market town, holding a market twice a week. Since then, the market has existed one way or another and becoming what it is now known as today. Nowadays, Swansea market is home to over 100 stalls selling everything from fresh local produce to traditional Welsh fayre and much more. Open 6 days a week, there’s no reason to not visit to the market.
New Quay Honey Farm
Got a sweet tooth? New Quay Honey Farm is sure to satisfy it. Not only does New Quay Honey Farm in the Ceredigion countryside offer a tasty experience, the ‘Bees Behind Glass’ Exhibition makes it a fascinating learning opportunity that allows visitors to peak into the wonderful world bees. Hundreds of hives are spread across the farm in small groups to create the delicious blended honey from the diversity of the country’s wildflowers. Visitors can taste the honey in the Tea Room or can take home some of the beautiful hand-crafted natural products.
Another cheesy experience – Caws Cenarth is a family run business and the oldest established producer of Welsh Farmhouse Caerffili, also known as Caerphilly, the most popular cheese to come from Wales. Caws Cenarth is also known for developing a new variety of cheeses, including the Brie-like Perl Wen and a creamy blue Perl Las. And not to mention the unique Caws Cenarth Cheese Wedding Cake, made entirely from cheeses. Discover how cheese is made from the viewing gallery and watch the cheesemakers hard at work from the Visitor Centre which can be found just a few miles from Newcastle Emlyn in West Wales.
There’s really something to suit everyone’s taste buds in Wales. Enjoy all the culinary delights in our Mid and South Wales Food Trail, a 4-day package taking you to the fantastic experiences above. Contact us today to find out more.
If you consider yourself a foodie, check out our other post on the traditional dishes of Wales here.