The finest quality and award winning produce supplied from Cardigan Bay and the rolling green fields and hills of Powys goes into traditional and modern Welsh menus found in restaurants across this region. Think tasty Welsh lamb and black beef, succulent lobster and seabass, organic fruit and vegetables and foraged botanicals, as well as favourites such as cawl, Welsh rarebit, bara brith and Welsh cakes.
Restaurants awarded AA rosettes in hotels with space for corporate events and meetings include The Metropole Hotel and Spa in Llandrindod Wells (meeting and conference spaces for up to 220), and Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa has flexible meeting spaces. The Tudor Room 1896 at Caer Beris Manor Hotel in Builth Wells is well placed for a range of outdoor activities.
Llangoed Hall near Brecon offers private dining. The award winning three rosette restaurant menu uses the freshest and finest local ingredients including wild plants foraged by the head gardener and fruit and vegetables from its own kitchen garden. Conference facilities for up to 100 are available, and the hotel also offers a ‘Kitchen Pass’ for six guests to help prepare and eat the exclusive seven course lunch tasting menu.
The Nags Head Inn in Montgomery, winner of the AA Pub of the Year in 2018, works with local suppliers to showcase local produce on its menu, in particular meat, game, cheese, and dairy products. The bar offers locally brewed beers such as Monty’s, Three Tuns, Clun and Salopian.
At the boutique Harbourmaster Hotel in Aberaeron, enjoy locally caught fish and shellfish, Welsh lamb and Welsh black beef, Ceredigion cheeses and organic vegetables. Visitors can also taste locally produced spirits and liqueurs, while being perfectly placed to participate in local maritime team building activities and walking the Wales Coast Path.
Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms led by chef Gareth Ward, has five AA rosettes and a Michelin star, it is set in 14 acres adjacent to the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Ynyshir RSPB reserve and the Wales Coast Path. It is one of Wales’ most unique and contemporary fine dining destinations, uses the best Welsh and British produce, and is available for private hire for up to 17 guests perfect for an incentive experience. The set menu varies to showcase seasonal ingredients, and can be up to 20 courses. Diners are able to visit the kitchen during their meal and the team of chefs explain dishes as they are served.
Y Talbot in Tregaron, a Grade II 17th century Inn with history and character, is listed in the Michelin Guide and showcases two AA rosettes. The restaurant menu offers superb local produce; lamb, beef and cheese from the Teifi Valley, fresh fish from Milford Haven and Cardigan Bay shellfish. It has a 13 4* bedrooms and has a meeting room available. The setting in the Cambrian Mountains allows delegates refresh with local walks and the nearby National Trust Dolaucothi Gold Mine a 2000 year old mine, guided tours allow delegates to experience the underground mining conditions and also have a go at panning for gold!
SY23 in Aberstwyth, prides itself on its simplicity of foraging and sourcing local produce from the sea shores and rolling hills of of Aberystwyth and cooking over a fire, as part of their dining experience. Achieving a highly prestigious one star Michelin award, the menu includes fermented and pickled ingredients which form part of an incredible gastronomy experience.
The Drovers Rest Restaurant in Llanwrtyd Wells offers a menu prepared by its award winning chefs specialising in local produce such as Brecon venison and Welsh cheeses. It also offers one day cookery courses for all abilities, including ‘cooking for dinner parties’ as well as how to prepare game, meat, vegan and vegetarian dishes, and desserts, a great idea for team building. Accommodation is available on site.
Less formal options
Enjoy Welsh street food at The Lime Crab on the pier in New Quay. More than a fish and chip shop, it offers prawns, cod, squid, mackerel and seabass. While eating watch dolphins in the bay, or see them close up on a boat trip. New Quay offers maritime activities such as sailing, surfing and fishing.
New Quay Honey Farm established in 1995, with 500 hives spread over the countryside, the farm is also the largest meadery in the UK, home to a range of meads titled Afon Mêl, all of which have their own unique taste. In 2019 its Heather Mead won a three star Great Taste Gold Fork award. The tea room is a welcome rest stop for home made cakes and hot drinks as well as an on-site shop.
At Devil’s Bridge, sample fresh local food and Welsh cakes made from local ingredients at the Two Hoots Café at the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Then explore the countryside and rugged mountain scenery in a first-class observation saloon on one of Wales’ great little trains - The Vale of Rhiedol for a real incentive experience.
Stop at Caffi Sospan in Llantwyd Wells to sample hot and cold traditional Welsh fare, vegetarian specialities and delicious cakes. Nearby activities include cycling, walking in the Cambrian Mountains and a visit to the Red Kite Feeding Station.
The Black Mountains Smokery produce gourmet, award winning smoked foods in their family run smokehouse in Crickhowell. The meats and fish are delicately cured and oak smoked. They also produce other delicatessen foods. Take a tour of the smoker to learn more about the work and enjoy tasting sessions to sample the excellent produce.
Y Crochan Café at the Corris Craft Centre near Dolgellau is well known for its range of Welsh rarebits and a menu full of delicious local delicacies and homemade dishes. Next door is Bwytri Y Crochan Welsh food and drink shop which stocks over 450 goods that have been produced, reared or grown in Wales.
Award winning Caws Cenarth manufacture 16 different artesian cheeses made from organic and non-organic milk produced within 30 miles of the farm. Cheeses include Cenarth Brie, the strong tasting and creamy blue Perl Las, and Golden Cenarth, a soft cheese washed in cider. Visitors can view the cheese production process and taste products in the farm shop.
Founded by John Savage Onstwedder, a Dutchman who moved to Wales in the 1980s (main picture), Caws Teifi cheese dairy is an organic farm near Llandysul which produces a variety of artisan cheese using local raw milk and traditional methods. Caws Teifi is the most awarded British producer and has won gold (Modern British cow’s cheese), silver (Halloumi) and bronze (Celtic Promise) medals at the British cheese awards.
Monty’s Brewery in Montgomery produce a variety of beers including 'best offa', the official beer of the Offa’s Dyke Path and two of its beers have been nominated in the 2020 Great British Food awards. The Visitor Centre was runner up in the 2019 Rural Business Awards for Tourism and offers brewery tours, talks and tasting for a minimum of eight delegates. The centre can be privately hired and has two meeting rooms available.
The Heart of Wales Brewery at Neuadd Arms Hotel in Llanwrtyd Wells produce seven beers as well as seasonal beers. It is central to the Mid Wales beer festival held every November. Llanwrtyd Wells hosts many events throughout the year including the famous World Bog snorkelling championships.