Kären and Lorraine run this home-based business in the village of Llansanffraid Glan Conwy in the Conwy Valley. Celtalan produces delicious homemade cakes, preserves, hot and cold desserts and fudges, as well as unique vegetable cakes, all without preservatives. Preserves use traditional hedgerow fruits which, as much as possible, are foraged locally with permission for landowners. For example, this year’s medlar fruit comes from a mature tree near Bangor (location a secret!). Available from Space Craft Conwy. Cakes available to order through the website, Facebook and Twitter or at food fairs. Vegan and Gluten-free cakes and preserves also available at Providero Café in Llandudno Junction.
Celtalan Homemade of Glan Conwy
21 Ffordd Naddyn, Glan Conwy, Conwy, LL28 5NH
Traditional family bakery baking delicious bread, pies, cakes and fancies in a 100 year old oven using recipes that have been handed down over three generations.
Offering up to 400 different types of bread, cakes, pies and fancies. Scilicorns bakery can also bake to order.
As well as traditional baking, Antony has joined up with local farmer Emyr on a venture to create “O’r Maen Biscuits”, using wheat grown just one mile from the bakery.
Available to buy directly from the bakery.
42 Denbigh Street, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0AA
Based in Llanrwst, at the heart of Snowdonia in North Wales, Siwgr a Sbeis is not only a true Welsh story but a delightful tale about how two women literally ‘got the village baking!’ Rhian Owen and Rhian Williams founded Siwgr a Sbeis twenty five years ago. Both school friends went to a bakery and confectionary college together before starting their small venture specialising in the baking and manufacturing of cakes and confectionery.
Steeped in tradition, baked in a truly traditional way, yet inspired by new flavours and Welsh ingredients, all Siwgr a Sbeis products are completely inspiring.
Available to buy from Spar stores and selected garden centres across North Wales, or online.
Siwgr a Sbeis
Parc Ty Gwyn, Ffordd Berth Ddu, Llanrwst, LL26 0PQ
Tandderwen is a traditional bakery in the popular village of Betws y Coed. Local woman Rachael Evans bought the shop 30 years ago (while studying for her A-Levels at the age of 18!) and founded Tandderwen 25 years ago. The bakery sells freshly baked bread, home baked cakes and pies, and its ‘menu’ changes daily. Try their Bara Brith, made the traditional way with yeast. Tandderwen also supplies wholesale to hotels, cafes and shops in Betws y Coed and surrounding areas. If you’re planning to spend the day in Betws, pre-order sandwiches and filled rolls, or simply call in and buy when you arrive. Open 8am to 10pm, seven days.
Available from The Spar store in Betws y Coed, just 50 metres from the famous stone-built Pont y Pair bridge.
Spar / Siop Tandderwen, Holyhead Road, Betws y Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AY
Owner brewer Erik Geupell is an American married to an Englishwoman who brews German-style beers in Wales on a German-made brewery he found in Japan - local can be international too! Geipel uses the traditional brewing methods that originally made lager the world’s most popular beer style. One of these methods involves ‘conditioning’ for at least one month at near-freezing temperatures. This expensive ‘lagering’ stage is what gave the beverage its name.According to Erik, “Beer is interesting any time of year but our strong flavoursome (6.7%) Zoiglator Bock is particularly suited to sipping by an open fire. It’s also been reported that our Hefeweizen (wheat beer) goes very well with a duck curry. Who knew?”
Available from Bodnant Welsh Food and Vinomondo in Conwy. Kegs available direct from the brewery on request.
PantGlas, Llangwm, Conwy, LL21 0RN
The Great Orme Brewery was established in November 2005 and nestles in the hillside above the Conwy Valley between Llandudno and Betws y Coed. With a growing reputation for producing quality real ale and lager, Great Orme Brewery is quickly being adopted as a permanent fixture in some of the finest pubs, restaurants and hotels in North Wales. Great Orme uses natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods with its philosophy of delighting locals as well as visitors. Cask and bottled ales include Orme, Celtica, Merlyn, Welsh Black and Cambria (cask only).
Available from The Albion pub in Conwy and many more pubs, restaurants and selected retail outlets.
Great Orme Brewery
Nant y Cywarch, Glan Conwy, Conwy, LL28 5PP
North Wales brewery is a microbrewery based in Moelfre in the hills above Conwy Valley, brewing traditional beers such as Abergele Ale, Welsh Stout, Bodelwyddan Bitter, and Moelfre IPA.
John Wood has been brewing commercially for 13 years after 20 years making beer as a hobby. For a really traditional drink then Mead should be on your list - and they’re great on a cold winter’s day.
Try Welsh Mead, Spice Mead, Melomel mead with damson fruit, or Cyser which fuses mead and cider.
Available from Off license at the brewery as well as selected shops and pubs.
North Wales Brewery
Ty Tan-y-Mynydd, Moelfre, Abergele, LL22 9RF
Conwy Valley Meats supplies local butchers with high quality Welsh Beef and Lamb, which is all sourced from Conwy Valley. Although wholesale only, you can sample Conwy Valley Meat products on many local menus as well as buy wonderful cuts from butchers.
Particularly popular in winter is the Welsh Beef, delicious served with winter veg or made into a filling, warming stew.
Available from local butchers and found on restaurant and bistro menus.
Conwy Valley Meats
Parry Road, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0DG
Howatson charcuterie is a family run business based in Llannefydd, deep in rural Conwy.
Owner Eifion Howatson produces a range of artisan cured meats including Chorizo and Salami from animals lovingly reared on the farm, ensuring full traceability, product provenance, low food miles and incredible taste.
Available from Edwards of Conwy, The Tweed Mill - St Asaph, Hootons Farm Shop - Anglesey and Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.
Cig Howatson Meats
Blaen-y-Nant, Llannefydd, Conwy, LL16 5EP
High class family butchers with all beef and lamb sourced through the Llanrwst livestock market and local farms. With both the market and slaughterhouse in the town, meat does not have to travel any distance.
“I think Llanrwst is unique in that you can buy much of the fresh produce you can think of right here,” says Elystan, who’s been a butcher all his life and founded O.E. Metdcalfe 25 years ago.
His shop promises friendly, personal service and of course, excellent quality produce.
Available from O.E Metcalfe Butchers, Llanrwst.
O.E. Metcalfe Butchers
16 Watling Street, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0LS
Barcut Rosé Veal is actually two farming families working together to rear calves in a welfare-friendly way. They produce pink or ‘rosé’ veal, unlike most traditional veal. It can be found in some of the UK’s best restaurants.
Based in Llangernyw, an historic village in the beautiful Elwy Valley in Conwy county, all Barcut’s calves are born and bred within 15 miles of the farm ensuring full traceability.
Veal is a low-fat meat, great served with vegetables, chips, or as a slow-cooked ragu. Barcut Rosé Veal is available wholesale as well as retail – to buy direct, please contact the farm first.
Available at Poyntons and other local butchers.
Barcut Rosé Veal
Bryn Barcut, Llangernyw, Abergele, LL22 8RN
Belmont is a fourth generation family-run fruit and vegetable farm. Euros Evans and his family grow different vegetables, from potatoes, leeks, cabbage, sprouts and more. Winter favourites include potatoes, carrots and leeks – great served with meat, or in soup or stews.
Belmont also supplies the local catering trade.
Available from local shops and butchers, Bodnant Welsh Food.
Belmont (Wholesale & Growers)
Belmont, Llanddoged, Llanrwst, LL26 0UE
01492 640318 / 07710813614
Bryn Dowsi is a 180 acre Organic Beef and Lamb farm in the county of Conwy where organic Welsh Lamb and Beef and be sourced directly from the farm.
At Bryn Dowsi farm Dafydd and Beryl have been producing high quality fully traceable quality Welsh Beef and Lamb since 2002.
Organic soft fruit is now available including rhubarb, redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Available direct from the farm, contact Dafydd or Beryl for more information.
Henryd Road, Conwy, LL32 8YF
Based on a family run farm in Llanrwst, Cae Melwr grows all sorts of fruit and vegetables, whatever is in season - from aubergines to sweetcorn to strawberries and herbs.
Farmer Emyr also grows wheat which is used to create wholesome and crumbly biscuits by master baker Anthony at Scilicorns Bakery, just one mile down the road.
Emyr also grows vegetable plug plants available from spring to early summer.
Available direct from the farm.
Nebo Road, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0SD
01492 642 267 / 07850 661174
Ochr Cefn Isa free range eggs come from Ochr Cefn Isa family farm on the National Trust ‘Tir Ifan’ estate in the Conwy Valley. It is a traditional hill farm stocking a flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep and hens.
The hens have the freedom to naturally range across the farmland, creating their own natural habitat on land which is rich in vegetation.
Trees, hedges and stone walls provide natural shelter for the hens. The egg quality reflects this quality of life! Ochr Cefn Isa also supplies wholesale.
Available from local shops and butchers, Bodnant Welsh Food, or direct from the farm (by prior appointment please).
Ochr Cefn Isa
Ysbyty Ifan, Betws y Coed, Conwy, LL24 0PE
“Most people under 50 have only tasted commercially-produced pork,” says Geoff Benfield, who with wife Mary owns Pigging Good Pork. “Pork from rare breeds tastes totally different – it’s a forgotten taste.”
Growing up at a time when people kept a pig in the garden, Mary now lovingly rears rare breeds such as Gloucester Old Spot and British Lop, and takes delight in people trying pork from rare breeds for the first time.
Their farm’s aim is to produce quality not quantity, so the rare breeds have more individual attention and superb living conditions all year round.
Available from Edwards of Conwy and Bodnant Welsh Food, as well as direct from the farm.
Pigging Good Pork
Teyrdan Hall Farm, Llanelian, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8YU
Found near Tal y Bont in the Conwy Valley, 5 Acre Nurseries is a friendly business which grows more than 100 variety of herbs, as well as Welsh heritage fruit trees.
Choose from a starter set of herbs, from the familiar thyme, mint, sage and oregano, to the more unusual – chocolate mint, tangerine sage, or the sugar leaf plant herb Stevia – sugar with no calories.
If you fancy growing your own, why not pick up an Abergwyngregyn Damson tree? Call for a visit and have a chat with owner and herb expert Alan!
Available directly from the Nursery.
5 Acre Nurseries
Taly Bont, Conwy, LL32 8YX
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