Eat – Bwyta
Discovering and sampling good food and drink is central to how much we enjoy a break away. Luckily for visitors and for us, this area of Wales has plenty of world renown producers.
Our cooking style is ‘home-made’ hospitality – good honest ingredients turned into something wonderful and we treasure seeing our food enjoyed. We take these ingredients, use a little thought and put in a lot of love. All food is vegetarian (Vegetarian Society approved) for all types of guests, those on courses and retreats and also holiday-making visitors too. When we cater for weddings we do cater for meat eaters as well if we are asked.
We effortlessly cater around wheat, gluten and dairy intolerances but like to have consistency at serving time so ask for essential requirements rather than preferences, with plenty of notice given.
We use fresh seasonal ingredients from our own garden or the best local suppliers. Home-made chutneys, jams and marmalades are always available to buy and are served at breakfast time.
We now have built an ‘upcycled’ mobile wood fired Pizza wagon which we have run very successfully in 2015, both with our regular monthly Pizza nights with music which attract 50 to 100 locals and Pizza nights the evening before a wedding. There are 4 or 5 choices using seasonal ingredients from the polytunnel and yummy puds. The success and response to both of these has thrilled us! These will be monthly events in 2016!
By eating local food, you’re avoiding any unnecessary food miles and lightening the load in your car. We can provide organic veg boxes with organic free range eggs for your arrival or we have some great local shops in our bustling local market town of Newcastle Emlyn which has it all, from gift shops to grocers. Besides two supermarkets, there is a bakery, deli, health-food shop, butchers, fishmongers, organic green grocers (Carrot Cruncher), a fantastic health food shop (Riverside Health) and at least a handful of cafes to stop in after all that shopping! Further afield there is a good organic veg shop in Lampeter – organic fresh food company , and a couple of whole food stores in Carmarthen – Waverley Stores and Aardvark.
Nearly every weekend, in the summer season, there’s a food festival somewhere in Wales. The Garden of Wales’ food fair is at the end of May. Newcastle Emlyn holds its food fair in June. Pembrokeshire Fish Week is at the end of June. Carmarthen food fair is in July, as is St David’s Really Wild food festival. There are lots more see the discover Carmarthen website for details.
Visit the local country markets or farmers markets for produce, baking, crafts and plants. We can recommend local food and drink producers many of which supply us directly see our current shop list and prices.
Newcastle Emlyn market day – Friday morning in the cattle market
St Dogmael’s Local Producers Market – Coach House Heritage Centre next to the Abbey, Tuesdays 9:00 – 13:00
Carmarthen farmers market- first & third Friday each month 9 – 1 in the town centre
Carmarthen market – Wednesday. The indoor market is open Tuesday – Saturday
Cardigan indoor market – open most days but Thursday – Saturday is best.
Places we like to Eat or drink at
Tafarn John Y Gwas – our local real ale pub 1 mile down the lane – good for local colour – 01559 370469
Lamb of Rhos for honest pub grub 1 mile away at the top of our lane – 01559 370055
Riverside stores cafe for lunches in Newcastle Emlyn – 01239 710404
Yasmins – Indian restaurant voted the “best curry house in Wales in 2014” – Newcastle Emlyn – 01239 711681
Pachamama Bistro, a great little bistro thai inspired restaurant and cafe in Newcastle Emlyn – 01239 711334
Belle Vue Inn at Llanllwne freshly prepared local produce good value, 01570 480495
The Daffodil in Penrhiwllan, Llandysul, 01559 370343
The Beach hut in Llangrannog – lovely cafe facing cardigan bay at one of our favorite beaches. 01239 654642
Waverley Stores – Llammas Street Carmarthen, great lunch time cafe – 01267 236521
Diablo’s on the Quay – Carmarthen – good bistro with a nice balcony
Caemorgan Mansion in Cardigan,
Wrights in Llanarthne Nr Carmarthen
For more recommendations about food visit the following tourist websites:-
Discover Carmarthenshire A comprehensive site – that also covers specialist food in the area.
Discover Ceredigion Things to do in Ceredigion also covering food fairs
Visit Teifi Valley Site full of useful information on the Teifi Valley including food fairs
For local food, honey,wine and cheese producers visit the websites below:-
Fine cheese makers in the Teifi valley area including Carmarthenshire Cheese Company, Caws Cenarth, Hafod Welsh Organic Cheddar, Teifi Farmhouse Cheese, and Sanclêr Organic see link here for details
Caws Cenarth – organic cheese factory. See the cheese being made and sample the wonderful organic cheese, which regularly wins major prizes.
Cothi Valley Goats – 15 types of goats cheeses
New Quay Honey Farm – Discover the magical world of the bee.
Celtic Wines – local country wines and preserves
Cwm Deri Vinyard. Excellent wine tasting opportunities and a great restaurant.
Penderyn Whisky Distillery – near Merthyr Tydfil, a little way from the mill but worth a visit for Whisky lovers. Or you can buy their produce in Carmarthen.
Da Mhile Gin and Whisky – fantastic local distillery less than 5 miles away