Whether it’s the traditional dishes such as cawl or cockles and laverbread, Welsh food has stuck to its heritage and it’s never been so popular.
With some of the highest culinary accolades being won by chefs in Wales currently, Welsh cuisine is finally getting the recognition it deserves. With the likes of Stephen Terry, Bryn Williams, Hywel Jones and Aled Williams excelling in the Great British Menu over the years, representing Wales and achieving much praise for their use of the highest quality Welsh produce.
The diversity of the landscape in a relatively small area makes Wales very food friendly. Due to the location of Pembrokeshire, it too offers such a variety of produce. With farmland and miles of coastal water, meat and fish are both of such high quality. The highly revered and sought after “Sewin” or as many know it, sea trout can be found off the Pembrokeshire coast. Chefs and critics are going mad for this game fish at the moment beating Scottish salmon hands down. Luckily there are some fantastic restaurants in Haverfordwest and St Davids that pride themselves in cooking the very best produce this region offers. From the scallops to sewin, welsh lamb to beef.
And because of that so fertile landscape, it’s not hard to realise the most famous of Welsh produce is its meat, most notably and famously, lamb. The vast coastal areas give Welsh lamb a distinct taste from the salt marshes on coastal farms and the lush meadows inland.
Pembrokeshire is so proud of its produce that a Pembrokeshire Produce Mark has been set up. The Produce Mark allows shoppers to instantly see if the product has been made, grown or reared in Pembrokeshire. It also applies to hospitality establishment showing any of the produce used on menu that comes from Pembrokeshire.
Let’s not forget cheese. Welsh cheese can rival any French offering. As with Welsh meat, the quality of Welsh cheese is largely due to the landscape and farming practices. From Caerphilly to the wide variety of mature cheddars, Teifi to Llanboidy and Llangloffan cheese, the heritage of Welsh cheese production dates back hundreds of years. And what could be a better accompaniment than leeks with cheese. Chefs in Wales know exactly how to show off Welsh produce through classic combinations. With restaurants St Davids and in Haverfordwest offering a great choice of all these fantastic foodie delights.