Taste the best of Welsh local produce

You can look forward to some exceptional food on your visit to Wales. Here’s a selection of farm shops and delis where you can meet the experts and sample the award-winning local produce.

  • Rhug Estate Organic Farm shop in Denbighshire, North Wales
    Rhug Estate Organic Farm Shop in Denbighshire, North Wales by Neil Hitchmough

    A decade after opening, food critics have clearly developed a taste for Rhug. As well as dozens of awards, its farm shop is home to dozens of variety of cheese, organic meats, pies, burgers and bacon, cooked on charcoal by leading chefs. The Bison Grill is their speciality.

  • Cegin Suzanne (Suzanne's Kitchen) has made something of a fructose legend of Suzanne Lloyd, whose 14 varieties of jam accommodate blackcurrants, champagne, Pimms, white wine and rum. The award-winning Penlanlas started out as a strawberry farm in 1987, and you can even pick your own during the summer.

  • Hawarden Estate Farm Shop in Flintshire

    Hawarden Estate Farm Shop in Flintshire, North Wales

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    Homegrown game and rare breed pork are specialities for the perfectionists at Hawarden Farm, but the deli probably steals the slow-cooked show. Try a monster sausage roll, olive oils imported from independent providers in Greece and Spain, flavoured vinegars and daily salads. Pies and quiches are also on the menu.

  • Beef, bacon, gammon, pies and sausage rolls are just a few of the delicacies which have won this family team awards. You can try it for yourself at Bethesda's on-site cafe, or talk to the people behind the produce to discover the pride they take in their locally-found food.

  • Thornhill Farm Shop, Cardiff
    Thornhill Farm Shop, Cardiff by Thornhill Farm

    Just north of Cardiff, the food connoisseurs at Thornhill stack their shelves high with fresh, tasty food. The butchery on site deals in home reared lamb and beef, pork and leek sausages, mint and lamb burgers, Kofta kebabs, cheeses, butter and seasonal vegetables. You can also relax in their coffee shop.

  • Set within beautiful Pembrokeshire fields, the duo behind these stores create barbecue packs for the summer, full of locally bred and reared beef, lamb and pork. But Summerhill's focus isn't fixed on summer – from chutney and confectionary to jam and cakes, they believe their creations can tempt at any time of year.

  • Chirk Castle in Wrexham, North Wales
    Chirk Castle in Wrexham, North East Wales by Sue Hasker

    Perhaps inspired by their historic setting, the chefs at this shop have been spotted selling enormous apples and healthy supplies of chocolate. Watch out for their array of mushrooms taken from the nearby garden, and make sure you sample their locally reared beef, lamb and other meats.

  • You could easily just stop off here for a pie or a curry in Cwmcerrig's acclaimed farm restaurant. But the joy the team take in their job has been reflected in the praise they've received over recent years – perhaps because their five butchers take the cuts they make extremely seriously, delighting in flavoursome, high meat produce.

  • Llwynhelyg Farm Shop, Ceredigion
    Llwynhelyg Farm Shop, Ceredigion

    These foodies are waiting to welcome you in the best way they know – with one of their famous Welcome to Wales hampers. After 20 years in the business – as well as several awards – Llwynhelyg also has hundreds of other tasty treats to choose from, including more than 80 cheeses.

  • Part of the Welsh Venison Centre famed for supplying chefs and restaurants across Britain, this shop at the heart of the Brecon Beacons is a particularly picturesque place for produce. Try local Welsh beef cooked to perfection, a wild boar steak or lamb, rosemary and Welsh honey handmade sausages.

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