Wales’ culinary reputation is becoming more widely known, and deservedly so: in Mid Wales alone there are an array of renowned eateries as well as excellent country markets where you can pick up some delicious food. The food is as legendary as the locations in which it’s served.
The Daffodil Inn, in Llandysul, is a food-led country pub that prides itself on its freshly prepared menu using the best quality local produce. You can have a quick bar meal, take afternoon tea, or have a full restaurant experience in front of the gallery kitchen. Well-behaved dogs are very welcome.
The Harbourmaster in Aberaeron, set in a harbourmaster’s house dating back to the 1800s, serves great fresh local food and drinks and is a minute’s walk from the beach. Up the coast in Aberystwyth, Ultracomida is located just round the corner from the shore and the small, bustling restaurant provides excellent Spanish food and sells a fantastic range of artisanal products for you to take home.
The Black Lion Inn, in New Quay, was apparently a favourite haunt of the poet Dylan Thomas, and serves up Welsh Black steaks and a range of local and draught beers. Over in Cardigan Pizzatipi on Cambrian Quay serves wood fired, handmade pizzas and great local craft beers in a riverside courtyard under canvas.
Y Talbot in Tregaron is a grand coaching inn and, legend has it, a circus elephant is buried in the grounds. It has also hosted American presidents (Jimmy Carter visited in 1986). The Head Chef trained with Marco Pierre White and worked at The Ritz before taking over the kitchen, so has an impressive CV. The menu serves up Welsh cheeses, Welsh lamb and rare roast Tregaron beef.
If you’re with the kids (or have a sweet tooth yourself), check out Yum Yum Sweets in Cardigan. Over in New Quay the New Quay Honey Farm has 500 hives spread over Ceredigion, and sells both local honey and homemade mead.
We’ve also lucky to be near a range of food and drink creators – including Caws Teifi Cheese and Dà Mhìle organic distillery, both based at Glynhynod farm just a short drive away. Both businesses are very well known in Wales, providing gorgeous cheese and excellent drinks – we’d recommend calling before visiting as they do get very busy. During the summer months there is a little cheese shop open, and you can also book a tour around the distillery.
If cheese really is your thing, take advantage of free tours around another local artisan, Caws Cenarth. If you’re looking for a gift to take home, you can pop in their shop or also visit Celteg Wines in Henllan who have local wines and preserves.
Our final tip of the day for Food & Drink comes in the form of a hidden gem, Holdens @ Gwarcefal Arms which we can only describe as the most fantastic food, at very reasonable prices!