Food Trail East
From Llandovery to Llanelli, this part of the trail traces the eastern side of Carmarthenshire. Climb the gentle slope on which Llandovery’s medieval castle sits for an overview of this little community on the River Towy, gateway to the Brecon Beacons to the east and the Cambrian Mountains to the north. A centuries-old crossroads for drovers, you’ll find this is still a lively meeting place, its streets lined with individual shops rather than over-familiar chain-store facades. (Pop into Penygawse, the tea rooms-cum-B&B where the staff are fully trained baristas). Don’t miss the modern steel sculpture of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan, a bold homage to the 15th-century local rebel killed by the English. And keep your eyes peeled while you’re here, you never know who you might bump into - Prince Charles’s Welsh home is just outside town near Myddfai.
Cwmcerrig Farm Shop & Grill
Cwmcerrig Farm, Gorslas, Llanelli SA14 7HU.
Farming and selling fruit and veg runs in the blood of the Watkins family. So it comes as no surprise that Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill, which they opened near Cross Hands in 2009, has become a popular pit stop for locals and visitors to the area. You could do your weekly shop in this vast emporium of local produce, which stocks everything from vegetables dug up in local fields to hand-patted Welsh butter, and features an award-winning butchery that sells best cuts of the Watkins’ own Texel lamb and Hereford beef.
01269 844405 cwmcerrigfarmshop.co.uk
The venison is reared on an 800 acre, medieval deer park on the Dinefwr estate and is managed by Lead Ranger, Wyn Davies. "I am really proud that the Dinefwr venison has won awards because this is the first time it has been marketed to the public, said Wyn. People often talk about the importance of knowing where your food comes from; well the Dinefwr herd of fallow deer can be traced back through the centuries and graze the only parkland National Nature Reserve in Wales; you can’t get much better than that". cnwd.co.uk
01558 825918 nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr
1 Market Street, Llandeilo SA19 6AH.
Ginhaus deli is located in the very beautiful town of Llandeilo and is run by Mike and Kate Kindred. Tucked away on a quiet little side street, Ginhaus deli has been described as a ' hidden gem' and ' Llandeilo’s best kept secret!' With a deli section filled with foodie treats, a kitchen offering lunches, tapas, homemade cakes and seriously good coffee plus a bar with an impressive selection of almost 200 different gins - Ginhaus really does have something for everyone!
01558 822800 ginhaus.co.uk
Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo SA19 6EN.
Push open the door of Heavenly, on the main street of pretty market town Llandeilo, and step back in time. The shelves of this little shop are jam-packed with jars of old-fashioned sweets, chocolate treats, desserts and patisserie - and to-die-for ice cream. Inspired by her travels to Rome, owner Tracey Kindred and her team use Welsh organic milk and cream to make gelato-style ice cream on the premises to no less than 300 recipes (though they’re not all on sale at the same time). But give Heavenly a week’s notice and they’ll whip up any flavour you like - lobster and chips must be the wackiest to date. Even pooches are catered for with a doggy-friendly variety.
01558 822800 heavenlychoc.co.uk
Nant Du Pork
Cwmcrwth Farm, Broad Oak Llandeilo SA32 8QP.
From their traditional small Welsh farm, husband and wife team Rob & Fiona Park, are dedicated to the conservation of rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black pigs and the amazing taste they produce. Born bred and fed on the lush, wet grasslands of the Towy Valley and nurtured to maturity, they provide the "pork as it used to taste" experience. Wonder why the pork tastes so good? These pigs lived locally in a little arc in an overgrown woodland. They spent their days foraging and drinking fresh Welsh Spring water, wallowing in natural bogs and supplementing their diet with non GM food. They ended their lives at an ethical abattoir and their meat expertly prepared for customers.
01558 669160 cwmcrwthfarmcottages.co.uk
Cothi Valley Goats
Cilwr Farm, Tally, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 7BQ.
All things goat! Wonderful bespoke cheeses, including their famous Welsh Haloumy, soft and hard cheeses too. Cothi Valley Goats also make great yoghurt drinks, quiches, Kid meat pies and lots more from the farmhouse kitchen at the goat farm!
fmiw.co.uk 01558 685555
(Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm; street market, Thurs & Sat).
A wonderful traditional indoor market, a great place to buy your fish and seafood, including local cockles and laverbread. The market also houses a myriad of stalls selling everything from clothes to electrical goods, great for browsing or finding those hard to find items.
Penygawse Guesthouse and Tearooms
12 High St, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire SA20 0PU.
Traditional tea rooms with a modern flavour, great coffee from real baristas, a selection of homemade cakes and sandwiches, perfect for afternoon high tea, or just a break with a good hot drink and snack. Try their signature coffee Latte, or try the mouth watering Marsaccino (coffee, Mars, Chocolate) and Mintyccino (Coffee, After 8 Chocolate).
penygawse.co.uk 01550 721727
North Dock, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 2LF.
One of the jewels in Llanelli's crown, winners the AA Welsh Restaurant of the Year 2012, the Sosban Restaurant is located in the old Pumphouse at Llanelli's newly restored North Dock. Sian Rees the head chef (a local girl originally from Kidwelly) prides herself on serving only the finest local produce in a modern way, from local seafood and lamb sourced from within sight of the restaurant, you'll be guaranteed a great dining experience.
sosbanrestaurant.com 01554 270020
1 Pontardulais Rd, Llangennech, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA4 8YE.
Monday to Thursday 11am - 11pm. Friday and Saturday 11am - 12pm. Sunday 12 noon - 10.30pm. Food served 7 days a week. Sunday Carvery 12-5pm (sittings at 12, 2 and 4pm). Sky Sports shown live. Live entertainment every Saturday night. Real ales and a large selection of wines. Beer garden (available for corporate parties / BBQ's). Areas available for private parties and buffets catered for. Large carp park. Situated 1 minute of J48 of the M4.
tafarnmorlais.com 01554 820121