Activities for foodies in Pembrokeshire
If you think that Welsh food is all bara brith and leeks, then you’ve not visited us in a while. Whilst we love our traditional food, Pembrokeshire offers a myriad of fresh, vibrant produce…some of which might surprise you!
If you’re into your food, then why not try some of our favourite activities for foodies activities in Pembrokeshire?
Here on the St Davids Peninsula, we like to give you a flavour of Wales, but with a bit of a twist. St Davids Oggie is a local company offering the Welsh take on the Cornish pasty – they’ll even tell you it was invented here first! With mouth-watering flavours like Lamb and Mint and Mackerel, Laverbread and Leek, there’s no doubting these fresh and flavourful oggies are truly Pembrokesherian!
At Mamgu Welshcakes in Solva, you’ll find our national sweet treat…but not always as you think you know it! Our favourite is Cheese and leek welsh cakes, with carrot cake flavoured or dark chocolate and ginger flavoured welsh cakes for pudding. Yum!
Have an amazing meal out
We’re a green and fertile county bordered by the Irish sea, so most restaurants in Pembrokeshire will offer any foodie fresh local ingredients in their dishes. Our favourites have to be St Davids Kitchen, who offer Ramsey Island Hogget and St Davids Black Beef steaks, a real local meaty treat. If you’re a seafood lover, then a trip to upmarket fish and chip restaurant The Shed in beautiful Porthgain is a must. They serve the best fish and chips you’ll ever eat, as well as a la carte dishes such as whole sea bream and fresh Porthgain crab; so fresh that you can watch the boats bring in the next catch into the harbour from your table.
If it’s haute cuisine you’re looking for, then book at table at Coast in Coppet Hall near Saundersfoot. The 2 AA award-winning restaurant has sea views, open plan dining and an utterly stunning menu. This is a top-class dining experience not to be missed.
Visit a distillery
No foodie guide would be complete without an accompanying local beverage, and in Pembrokeshire we have many fantastic drinks available to us. If you’re a fan of real ale, then a trip to Bluestone Brewery near Newport is a joy – the onsite taproom is where you can try out the fantastically named ales (Fossil Fuel, Rockhopper and Cave Dweller to name but a few) and if you contact the brewery beforehand, you can meet the brewer to hear about how the ale is made. We bet you’ll be going home with a crate or two of this lovely stuff!
We may not have the sunshine that France or Californian grapes enjoy, but we still manage to produce some pretty fine wines in Pembrokeshire. Cwm Deri vineyard is a special place near Narberth where you can take a tour of their beautifully located vineyards, tasting the wines as you go, as well as afternoon tea and delicious three-course meals to soak up some of the 20 alcoholic beverages on offer.
Forage your own food
We’re not suggesting that you start eating out of hedges. But we are suggesting that you take a foraging class to learn about edible plants and sea vegetables. Wild about Pembrokeshire offer foraging tours as well as leading a group foraging walk from Oriel y Parc gallery around the local lanes and hedgerows of this tiny city, learning about the abundance of food all around us.
Do it Yourself (with some help)
You’ll find plenty of fresh, local fruit and vegetables for sale all around Pembrokeshire – if you’re looking for a farm shop near St Davids, your best bet is Gate 2 Plate Farmshop just outside of Haverfordwest. Use the kitchen in your beautiful Pembrokeshire cottage to cook up a treat using the abundance of natural ingredients from your surroundings, giving you a true taste of Pembrokeshire.
Any foodie visiting Pembrokeshire must try the fresh seafood coming straight out of the Irish sea. Our favourite seafood vendor is Mrs Will the Fish, who provides delicious dressed seafood platters ready for you to savour. With fresh spider crap, lobster and crevettes on offer, you couldn’t get a more authentic taste of this coastal county.
Visit a food festival
If you want maximum food, minimum travelling then why not look out for one of Pembrokeshire’s many food festivals?
Pembrokeshire Fish Week is held over nine days in June sees many well-known local venues and attractions offering up fish dishes, cooking masterclasses, demonstrations and seashore foraging sessions, as well as plenty of children’s activities. Melin Tregwynt, the most revered woollen mill in Wales, holds a fantastic fish barbecue that’s not to be missed. A fun fishy foodie event!
Alternatively, try the more upmarket Narberth Food Festival, held in September. This beautiful boutique town doesn’t do things by halves, and its fantastic food festival will not disappoint eager foodies wanting to sample Pembrokeshire’s delicacies. There’s food stall galore, top Welsh chefs to meet and plenty of local entertainment. A fantastic festival that’s a must if you’re into food!
There’s plenty of foodie activities to keep everyone entertained all around the county. If you’re looking for foodie treats close to your cottage, then why not head to our blog section to find out the best places to eat in St Davids, or Solva’s finest eateries?