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A Week in Wales: Food

Cheese Ploughmans

Following on from yesterday’s post about places from my holiday, today is going to be devoted to food. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll how much I love food. One thing that I was surprised by was the number of places that used local produce as much as possible. My OH & I have an agreement that we visit independent places & we weren’t let down in Pembrokeshire.

BanoffeeIn my places post I mentioned a lovely tearoom in Lawrenny called Quayside. I am forever indebted to my sister for referring me here. It is an amazing little place with a fantastic atmosphere right on the water. We had a delicious lunch before embarking on our walk. I had an awesome jacket potato with cheese, homemade   coleslaw & a delicious salad. I was pleased to discover salad dressing on the table, ready for me to use!

Chocolate TorteMy OH had a crab sandwich & loved it. After our lengthy walk we returned for the cake! I’d seen two that I really wanted to try so we had half each. The banoffee pie was quite possibly the best I’ve ever eaten (& I’ve eaten a lot!). The chocolate¬†torte came with cream, which was needed as it was quite rich. I don’t think I would’ve been able to finish it if I’d had the whole slice but half was just enough!

Cheese PloughmansOne day we visited Melin Tregwynt, a woolen mill that I’ve bought from before. When my OH told me that you could visit the mill & that they had a cafe, he knew that we’d have to go there. After a few wrong turns we finally found it. The mill is really old & it’s great to see the fabric being made. I spent most of the time in the shop & you’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out what I bought!

CawlThe cafe & the menu was quite small and the veggie options were limited. I opted for the cheese ploughmans & wasn’t disappointed. The plate came full of food, which is always a good thing! It was delicious. My OH ordered cawl. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a Welsh dish that is a cross between soup, casserole and broth. He really liked it as it contained some lovely Welsh beef & local veg. Perfect for those windy grey days that we had! x

A Week in Wales: Places

Porthgain Harbour

My ‘summer’ holiday was spent in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. I grew up here but there were still plenty of places that I’d yet to explore. Growing up I’d often wondered why anyone would go on holiday to Pembrokeshire but looking at it through the eyes of a holiday-maker I now know why!

Carew Castle The first port of call was Carew Castle. I’d been to the castle for various events growing up but never walked around it. So off we go, all dressed up in our best walking gear in a bid to try & protect ourselves against the elements. I took loads of pictures of the castle (I love a good castle!) & I really like this one. I like to imagine ladies wondering around it wearing beautiful dresses. I also like to imagine it with the sun out, but the sun was obviously on it’s summer holidays too as we didn’t see it the whole week!

Lawrenny WoodsNext on our list of adventures was Lawrenny. My sister had told us about Quayside, a lovely little tearoom, which we visited for lunch & for a post-walk cake. Quayside offer little maps for you use for a 3 mile walk. The walk was brilliant, although the path was very narrow & muddy at times so you need to be careful. We saw some lovely things, mainly lots of different trees in the ancient woodland. Once out of the woodland you walk through the village of Lawrenny. It definitely meant that we could reward ourselves with some delicious cakes later on.

Porthgain QuarryLater on in the week we were in North Pembrokeshire. We’d visisted a woolen mill in the morning & then headed for Porthgain. The wind was very strong so we didn’t walk on the headland for very long. But we loved the history here. The old slate quarry was awesome to see & there was loads of slate sticking out from the ground & the sides of the cliff. I had no idea that slate had been quarryed so close to where I grew up. You can’t go into any part of the quarry building but it really stands out & dominates the whole village. Porthgain is really small but has some lovely features. I also loved the fact that there are a number of fisherman here who provide the local area with crab & lobster! How’s that for keeping it local?! x

Porthgain Harbour