Anglesey really is an experience for all the senses, once known as the ‘Bread basket of Wales’ due to its fertile land, the island still makes the most of its surroundings, such as offering the freshest of seafood straight from the sea, seasoned with delicious Halen Môn sea salt drawn directly from the crystal clear waters of the Menai Strait.
Visit the monthly farmers market at Menai Bridge where local food producers offer a selection of tasty treats, most of which will be made, picked or caught fresh that morning. Or join in one of the popular festivals, including the Menai Seafood festival or the Anglesey Oyster and Food Festival.
Of course, if you prefer your culinary delights prepared and served straight to your table, make a booking at one of Anglesey’s fantastic restaurants. Try the laidback style of Dylan’s, taste the best of local produce at the Black Lion, be tempted by the seasonal menus of the Bull's Head at Beaumaris or enjoy the amazing setting at the Oyster Catcher.
Approximate distance: 36 miles / 58 km
Approximate travelling time: 1hr 30 mins
Overnight suggestion: Anglesey
Begin the day with a visit to meet well known Welsh bard and poet Cynan Jones at his fascinating mushroom garden, Yr Ardd Fadrach, near Porthmadog.
Next it’s some Welsh cheese sampling with guide and local entrepreneur Geraint Hughes at his delicatessen , Y Bwtri, in Porthmadog.
Just a short journey will take you to the picturesque seaside resort of Criccieth. Try Cadwalader's ice cream - it's been parading its knickerbocker glories on Castle Street since the 1920s. There’s nine Cadwallader’s cafes across Wales but it all started here, at Castle Street, Criccieth.
Aerona is the first aronia berry liqueur to be sold in the UK. It’s made using aronia berries from the family farm in Pwllheli. Behind the scene tours are available for groups (max. 12) and individuals by appointment, taking around 30-40 minutes and will include a field visit to learn about the plants, a talk about the production and bottling process and of course a chance to sample the liqueur.
Another option in Porthmadog is Purple Moose Brewery (Bragdy Mws Piws), an award winning 10 barrel micro-brewery. They produce four standard beers including Cwrw Eryri (Snowdonia Ale) and seasonal specials. Laurence and his team welcome visitors and can arrange a tour for groups up to 15 people by appointment only. Tour duration – approximately 1 hour. Please note that normally tours can be arranged on evenings and Saturdays only.
Approximate distance: 47 miles / 76 km
Approximate travelling time: 1hour 30 mins (not including travel to overnight accommodation)
Overnight suggestion: Criccieth / Conwy / Llandudno
Dramatic Conwy is your first port of call, an historic town overlooking a broad estuary. A visit to the castle is a must before taking a stroll around the ancient walled town. Take a tour of Conwy Brewery – tours take around one hour and must be booked in advance, max group size is 10. Moving from the oil exploration industry, Gwynne Thomas turned his technical scientific skills to brewing beer. A wide variety of quality cask and bottle conditioned ales are brewed from mainstream brands to short-run speciality/guest beers.
Visit the famous Edward’s of Conwy butcher’s shop, home of the award winning traditional Welsh Sausage Company.
Head down to Bodnant Welsh Food, an exciting new food centre which opened in July 2012. It is located at Furnace Farm on the Bodnant Estate, in the Conwy Valley. The farm is a wonderful range of stone farm buildings dating from the 18th century. The buildings have come back to life as a home for the best in local and Welsh food. There is a farm shop selling predominantly Welsh produce, a tea-room and restaurant serving mainly Welsh food, a cookery school and it also home for the new National Beekeeping Centre for Wales. Visitors are able to combine a visit to the famous Bodnant Garden.
Travel to Llannefydd in Denbigh, taking approximately 45 minutes. Llaeth y Llan Dairy is a family owned business making a wide range of yogurts from local milk. There’s a choice of twenty different flavours - including the elite cointreau and whisky brands! Tours are available for 10-48 people by appointment only, early booking recommended. Tours take around 2-3 hours depending if you choose to include a buffet lunch or afternoon tea.
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