There is a lot to love about Pembrokeshire, not least its rapidly growing, epic foodie scene. Restaurants serving beautifully prepared local ingredients and cafes brewing some of the best coffee around. There are also many local producers creating wonderful, innovative new goodies using and inspired by the wonders of Pembrokeshire. They not only help to create the rich tapestry of flavours here in Pembrokeshire but many will also deliver to your door!
Cookies from BUG FARM FOODS
Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm is a must-visit on a holiday to St Davids. Visitors can learn all about how bugs can be a sustainable and delicious food source, and they can prove it in their on-site restaurant. And now you can try their delicious Bug Cookies at home, or give them as a stocking filler! These are fantastic to try with all the family, and if you’re cynical about eating bugs, these will change your mind. They are truly delicious!
Shop for cookies here, alongside insect powder and whole insects with which to experiment in your own kitchen!
Salt from HALEN DEWI
This delicious salt is harvested using solar energy from Whitesands Bay, just outside St Davids. This not only means that you get the taste of Pembrokeshire but also many of the natural minerals present in the seawater will also make it to your plate! The original is beautiful, but our personal favourite is the salt with seaweed!
Try it for yourself at home by visiting their website.
Seafood from MRS WILL THE FISH
Mrs Will The Fish prepares beautiful seafood platters with locally caught lobster, crab and prawns from her home in the harbour village of Solva. On a summer’s evening there is nothing better than enjoying one of these with a glass of chilled white wine and good friends. And you don’t have to be in Pembrokeshire to do so! These platters are now delivered all over South Wales. Find out more here.
Caerfai Farm is perched above Caerfai beach about a mile outside St Davids, where they produce their own exquisite cheese. It can be found on menus all around the county, and can be bought in their farm shop and many local delicatessens. A firm favourite with locals and visitors alike! If you’re further afield, you can order their delicious cheeses here from The Welsh Cheese Company!
A stunning coast path walk from Solva brings you to Pointz Castle, a beautiful little cove lovely for swimming and picnicking. However the highlight of a visit here lies at the dairy farm above! A barn has been converted into a lovely cafe serving their very own ice cream. And it is truly delicious! There’s nothing quite like grabbing a cone and walking down through the fields to the glistening sea below.
Another local dairy farm that is diversifying fantastically is Mount Farm, also just outside Solva! New for 2020, they have set up a vending machine at Bay View Stores in Solva, allowing you to fill up your own glass bottle with local milk fresh that morning! With just one mile from grass to glass, this is the most sustainable way to buy locally produced milk around.
These locally produced gins are infused with botanicals from Ramsey Island and seaweed from Whitesands Bay and St Justinians. You can’t get more local than that! A donation from each sale goes to the RSPB to help protect the wildlife on Ramsey. They have also just launched their new rum, in aid of the RNLI. Try them at St Davids Gin & Kitchen, a lovely restaurant in the centre of the city, or buy them online.
The welshcake is a staple of Pembrokeshire life, from holiday cottage welcome packs to elevating a simple cup of tea, you’ll find them everywhere. But no where will you find them quite like at Mamgu Welshcakes! The flavours are magic, and what they do with them at their cafe in Solva is divine. Leek and cheese welshcakes with beans and Caerfai cheese? Yes please! Chocolate and orange with a coffee? Beautiful. The great news is that you can order these online too!
Seaweed from THE PEMBROKESHIRE BEACH FOOD COMPANY
Sprinkle some magic onto your dishes with all things seaweed from the genius Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company! From Mermaid Confetti to their famous Kelpchup, their products truly bring you the taste of Pembrokeshire. Their beachside street-food shack at Freshwater West is well worth the journey from St Davids on your visit, where you can sample what the ingredients can do at their finest! Until you can get there, you can buy online from their website. (Oh, and the rum is really good too!)
Dilly’s Kitchen in Haverfordwest produces some of the smoothest, most scrumptious chocolate in Pembrokeshire! The taste is only part of what makes these goodies so lovely, as every single morsel is wonderfully decorated, so they are a treat for the eyes as well. Even the chocolate bars look magical! Dilly’s Chocolates are stocked in wonderful little shops all over the county, our favourite being Chapel Chocolates in St Davids. The perfect gift to take home, or to enjoy while on holiday in St Davids!
Llys Meddyg is a beautiful hotel restaurant in Newport, North Pembrokeshire. Eating there is a wonderful experience, and is a must on a visit to this part of the world. If you’d like to order from afar, or take something away with you, then you’re in luck. Their Smoke Shed produces some of the most delicious smoked salmon you will ever taste. Smoking is an ancient craft that was originally used to preserve food, and has now been harnessed to enhance the flavour. That craft, plus this team’s passion for sustainable, authentic food, results in beautiful produce with Pembrokeshire in every bite.
You can order salmon online, or buy a gift voucher for a foodie in your life!
Pond House Coffee is roasted in Leweston near the Pembrokeshire coast. Their product comes from a love of coffee, and a passion for the complex process of roasting. Freshness is what this small-batch roaster is all about, and that comes through in every cup. If you want your caffeine fix from afar, you can order beans and ground coffee for delivery here!
This one can’t be enjoyed anywhere other than lakeside at Llys Y Fran, but has impressed us so much it needs to be on this list! We headed over to Llys Y Fran for a walk and a spot of lunch, and were taken aback to find the best cawl we have EVER tasted. That is saying something, as we’ve tried a lot!
Llys Y Fran is a beautiful place for a day out, and now that we know what they’re serving up in their cafe, we’ll be heading back again and again.
In the hills of Pembrokeshire’s National Park, there’s a traditional, mixed farm that’s doing things a little differently. The George family has been rearing beef in Pembrokeshire for four generations, and it was 2017 when they decided to try something new, inspired by a trip to South Africa. After perfecting the recipes and sustainable processes, From Our Farm Biltong was born! Whether you’re after a snack on the go or a gift set for a loved one, this biltong is perfect. Not only does it taste incredible, but it’s also farmed sustainably and has fantastic packaging!
If sitting back with a cold beer is on your list of holiday musts, then we have the brewery for you! These beers are brewed just a mile or so outside of the tiny city of St Davids, and so are as local as you could hope for when visiting. From dark, traditional bitter to light and pale lager, there is something all beer drinkers will enjoy. Enjoy them in pubs and bars around the area, or order boxes to your door at home!
When looking for the real taste of any place, honey is the key. Bees take nectar from wildflowers all over their area and compile it into this mouth-wateringly delicious honey. A staple to get hold of at the start of your holiday, or take it home to enjoy the taste of Pembrokeshire all year round!
This can be ordered from St Davids Peninsula Producers Food Hub, as can a whole host of other local goodies. Order by midday on a Thursday, to collect your order on a Saturday morning. This is a fantastic local scheme that enables small local producers to reach a wider audience sustainably, by working together.
Got your mouth watering? Book your next trip to Pembrokeshire and get planning your foodie delights!