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Food Trail South and Mid Wales

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Food Trail South and Mid Wales

 

Day 1

Starting off in Monmouthshire, visit Tintern Abbey.  Despite not having a roof, this is Wales' best preserved medieval abbey.  It has a dedicated coach park. Worth stopping here to take some pictures before the food trail begins.

 

Travel on to Sugar Loaf Vineyards where you can tour the vineyard (during opening hours - closed Monday) using their self-guiding map available at the shop.  Return to the shop for some relaxing wine tasting.

 

Alternatively, visit White Castle Vineyard for a tour and wine tasting at 1500 hrs (by appointment only).

 

 

Overnight accommodation suggestion: Crickhowell

 

Updated June 2017

 

Day 2

Visit the Black Mountains Smokery, Crickhowell, which is a traditional smokehouse, producing award winning gourmet foods.  Guided tours around the production area are available on a Wednesday between March and September.

 

Then move onto Blaenafon for a visit to Blaenafon Cheddar Company where all the cheeses are handmade at the shop. Their Pwll Mawr cheddar is actually matured at the bottom of the mine shaft at the Big Pit National Coal Museum and can be bought at their gift shop. Coach parking is available on site. The tour can accommodate a maximum of 26 guests.  However, for large coach tours, a tour of Blaenafon Cheddar Company in conjunction with a tour of Big Pit or the Rhymney Brewery can be arranged.  Contact BCC for more information.

 

Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon is next.  Experience a real coal mine by travelling 300 feet underground. Tours are led by a former coalminer who provides a fascinating and personal tour with the sights, sounds and smells of the mine creating an impression of what working life was like at the coalface. The mining museum also provides historic builidings, audio and visual exhibitions and plenty of displays.

 

Travel through the Brecon Beacons to suggested overnight accommodation in the area.

 

Updated July 2017

 

Day 3

Visit the Beacons Farm Shop at the Welsh Venison Centre which is located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.  The drive up to the coach friendly car park allows perfect views of the deer in the fields.  Take a refreshing break in the cafe whilst enjoying the views either before or after looking around at the produce and gifts in the farm shop.


Then it’s to Llanfaes Dairy.  They have a wide variety of flavours for you to choose from (up to 42 in season). Here you can see ice cream being produced through a viewing window. At this parlour you can either take away or sit in. They do a range of traditional desserts like Knickerobocker Glories and Banana Splits as well as our own specialities like Pavlova Specials and Toffee Nut Crunch along with a range of fresh Italian coffees drinking chocolates and milk shakes made using their ice cream.

 

Time for lunch ( if you have any room after all that ice cream ) we travel to the village of Talgarth and to Talgarth Mill.


In the heart of Talgarth, powered by the flow of the River Ellywe, you will find Melin Talgarth Mill, a fully restored, 18th century flour mill complete with bakery, gift shop and a riverside café serving local seasonal food and drink which is run by volunteers.


Visit to Hay On Wye, Town of Books – Here you have some free time to explore the town and its 39 books shops – you will be sure to find that book that you’ve been looking for here !!


Heading North we visit Erwood Station.


Overnight accommodation suggestion Builth Wells.

 

Day 4

Do you like mushrooms or spending the morning in the forest? Wales has the perfect climate for the most delicious mushrooms known to man – and Rhayader offer the best hunting grounds, the woods and fields are awash with mushrooms that command astronomical price in restaurants across Europe.

Capes. Girolles, pied de mouton, parasols and giant puffballs are just some of the prized fungi that are locally abundant. In the morning, on a gentle amble through spectacular Elan Valley scenery, author and mushroom expert Daniel Butler will show you a range of the abundant edible fungi that thrive in this pristine mountain area. Then is back to a luxurious 17th century barn conversion for a mushroom based meal. 

 

Following we travel onto Llanidloes to visit Welsh Mountain Cider.

A small holding who produce award wining Welsh Cider and herritage Apple and pear trees.

 

Overnight accommodation suggestion Berriew.
 

 

Day 5

This morning its all aboard the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway.  From the open balconies of our unique Hungarian and Austrian coaches you will see the beautiful mid Wales countryside roll slowly by as you travel into the delightful Banwy Valley.

 

At Welshpool you have a little free time for a wonder before we travel onto Montgomery.  

 

Visit Monty’s Brewery, Montgomery, there has been an explosion in the number of Welsh Micro-breweries in the last few years. There are now over 60 breweries to choose from. Not only that, but Welsh Breweries are consistently performing well in National and International competitions. Monty’s Brewery is proud to be the first brewery in Montgomeryshire since the 1980’s. The owner and head brewer, Pam Honeyman is one of only a handful of brewsters (female brewer) in the UK.Monty’s aim is to provide quality real ales and excellent service to all our customers. We take a tour and sample their excellent ales.

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