Love Food? Then you’ll love Pembrokeshire!
Pembrokeshire is fast becoming a leading food destination.
The county is home to a community of rural entrepreneurs and enterprises, who offer top quality and innovative produce.
The combination of the Preseli Hills, lower coastal lands, and a milder climate, make this western corner of Wales ideal for mixed farming and a wide variety of produce.
Lamb and beef from native and heritage breeds as well as organic, are widely available from farmers’ and produce markets, independent butchers, farm shops or direct from the farm gate, throughout the county. Provenance is as important to the producers as it is to the customer, farmers are always proud to tell you the story behind the meat they produce too. You will also find small enterprises with rare breed pigs and pedigree Welsh pork, many selling award winning pies, sausages, and home cured bacon too.
Poultry and Game
Farm reared, free range and organic poultry also feature in many a farm shop, butchers and market, most available throughout the year. Choose from ducks, chicken or turkey, sold oven ready or as kitchen ready options. You will also find game in season.
Lush grass makes this a prime dairy belt, and we can boast some of Wales’ best multi award winning artisan cheeses. Travel over the Preselis to Pantmawr and Caws Cenarth or try organic cheese form Caerfai in St Davids. The coveted Pembrokeshire Cheddar, made in Haverfordwest is made from milk from many county farms, whilst much of the organic milk, goes to the cooperative Calon Wen for their organic diary range.
We can’t talk about Pembrokeshire produce without mentioning our spuds. Our early crops, which rivalled Jersey New Potatoes for being amongst the first in the shops, were once our most important export. Today’s farming husbandry means we now have Pembrokeshire potatoes available all year. Look out for the Blas Y Tir brand from Puffin Produce, a farmer’s cooperative, whose potatoes are available in most major supermarkets too.
Our sandy soil in south Pembrokeshire is great for growing wonderful carrots while the red sandstone in mid-Pembrokeshire produces superb leeks, brassicas and root vegetables. Visit a farmers or produce market (see details on Pembrokeshire Farmers Markets or St Dogmaels local producers market) , or farm shop from early summer onwards and you will find local asparagus, salad varieties and soft fruit from cherries, strawberries to blueberries. You can also pick your own strawberries and pumpkins just outside of Haverfordwest, a great outing for the children
The seas around our coastline produce some of the best fish and shell fish. In the summer there is nothing better than a fresh mackerel barbequed as soon as it’s been caught. Try line caught sea bass or a crab or lobster salad from one of our many coastal pubs and cafes, many not more than 100ms from the sea. Look out for dressed crab signs as you drive around.
Pembrokeshire is also becoming a centre for craft beers. The Gwaun Valley Brewery has a visitor centre where you can taste their whole range and a campsite.
The Bluestone Brewing Company at Cilgwyn opened in 2013 has a visitor centre with the all important tasting sessions and in the warmer months live music events.
Other breweries include Seren Brewery at Rosebush, Caffle Brewery in Narberth and Tenby Brewing Company, in yes, Tenby! You can buy direct from the breweries themselves, from some local pubs or at local delis, food events and markets.
Complimenting all these products are an exciting array of small businesses producing everything from preserves, honey, fudge and relishes to scratch bakeries with artisan breads, cakes and chocolate. All made lovingly in small batches, often from traditional family recipes and sold at delis, markets and food fairs as well at some independent retailers.
Pembrokeshire really is a natural larder; you won’t be stuck for choice!
Read more about food & drink in Pembrokeshire, or about places to buy Pembrokeshire local produce.