At fforest we can offer simple, good very tasty food and the right drinks; from breakfast to supper across our camps, restaurants and pubs. But in the local surrounding area, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants, pubs, cafes, and local markets & producers that offer some of the best food & drink in the west. In no particular order we've listed a few of our recommendations:
Mexican street food of the highest and tastiest quality, El Salsa create authentic flavours and wholesome meals all from their mobile trailer kitchen. They're pretty hard to pin down these days having been snapped up by a number of festivals all over the country, but we're privileged to have them based in west Wales providing fabulously tasty festival-style food throughout the season. The founder, Laura Elsaesser, a qualified professional chef, is committed to sourcing ingredients locally; from farm fresh welsh beef, chicken & pork from the local butcher Golwg y mor in Aberporth, to her own home-grown tomatoes, chillies, tomatillos, salads & herbs. You won't find a fresher, healthier, tastier takeaway than El Salsa's. Follow them on Facebook to find out where to catch them.
Telephone 07772610561 Website
Crwst: The welsh micro bakers
Organic breads & seasonal patisserie style bakes all handmade by one highly skilled baker in his home kitchen. The people behind Crwst: Osian (the baker) and Catrin (the brain) are a young couple with a refreshing creativity that shows in their baked goods but also their micro baker concept. When they say micro they mean one baker and small-scaled yet skilled production all from their home kitchen. Find their produce in local shops (Siop Cilgerran, very near fforest farm or The Carrot Cruncher, Newcastle Emlyn - to name a couple!) OR find them every Thursday & Saturday at the Cardigan Guildhall market from 10am. This is where you'll find the fforest office elves every Thursday, without fail!
Telephone 01239 842 338 Website
The beach hut
The best fish and chips on the west coast, The Beach Hut Llangrannog is a family run chippy & cafe/restaurant. Its location is as close to the sea as you could possibly get, sat inside the cosy restaurant you will feel as if you're dining right on the beach. Open daily throughout the season to grab your fish & chips, a wholesome lunch or a tasty supper, or a tea & a slice of cake if you're just passing through. If you're staying at Manorafon, you could walk the beautiful coastal path from Penbryn to Llangrannog, working up an appetite for The Beach Hut at the finish line.
Telephone 01239 654642 Website
A bakehouse in Cardigan town centre. One of our favourites - freshly baked bread, great food & coffee. Their simple menu is based around their freshly baked sourdough and is constantly changing. In fact, you rarely get the same thing twice. The bread has the crumb, chew and flavour of dreams and we would be lost without it. Daily specials range from seasonal veg-packed soups, fresh fish pâtés, exceptional sarnies & herby salsas, all accompanied by the trademark Bara Menyn breads.
Telephone 01239 621863 Website
cardigan bay brownies
Its hard to beat a good homemade brownie, but local baker Nerys brings all the warmth, comfort and deliciousness of great home-baking to the people of Cardigan and beyond. We love her brownies so much that we asked her to collaborate on a new flavour for the Pizzatipi, and so this season, we welcome the arrival of the beetroot, salted caramel & dark chocolate brownie. Nerys has a humbling approach to home-baking and even though she has ridiculous numbers of brownies to bake on a daily basis, she always calls in the help of her two sons to taste-test. Due to popular demand, her bakes are now available to buy online, CBB also attends a regular slot at The Guildhall market in Cardigan, catch Nerys there every Thursday & Saturday from 10am, or come to the Pizzatipi to sample our new flavour!
*also known as Cardigan Bay Fish. Len and Mandy Walters have been processing fish and shellfish caught by their own vessels for the past 14 years. Cardigan Bay is home to a vast array of wonderful fish and shellfish, says Mandy: "Wild bass, lobster, mackerel and crabs are only some of the flavoursome and healthy produce that can be found on our doorstep." And she means that literally, their home in St Dogmeals often opens up to the public when a fresh haul arrives. Villagers listen out for Mandy's voice shouting, "I'm out the back!" But if you've been listening out and have still heard nothing, perhaps a more reliable place to buy from Cardigan Bay Fish is the Local Producers Market in St Dogmeals. There you will find Mandy from 10-1 every Tuesday.
Telephone 01239 621043 Website
Glebelands market garden
A six acre holding situated between Cardigan & St Dogmaels, Glebelands are experts in growing and selling veg. Think farm shop/allotment, this is the perfect place to buy seasonal, locally grown vegetables & leafy greens. Supplier of salad to the Pizzatipi, the freshest of leaves in all shapes, sizes & tastes. We eat the lovely edible orange flowers too. As well as growing and selling luscious produce, Glebelands are also committed to promoting sustainable food production. They offer information to those interested in the vital work of sustainable food production and can give sound advice to those setting up market gardens.
Telephone 07511 546701 Website
A hidden gem in the Gwaun Valley - Pembrokeshire's secret wooden valley. Bessie's (the Dyffryn Arms) is like stepping back in time with beer served from jugs through a hatch in what feels like someones living room. Not the sort of place you'd necessarily expect to find in Alastair Sawday's Pubs & Inns of England & Wales, but that said it does make it into The Rough Guide to Wales, where it manages to rate even higher than St David's Cathedral as one of the places to visit in the country. No matter what time of year you visit, Bessie is always sitting behind the bar wearing a dirty apron and a black mitten (fingerless in summer), ready for a chat. "We are all just passers-by in this life and I am happy to talk to anyone," she says.
Address Gwaun Valley Road, Pontfaen, Pembrokeshire, SA65 9SG Telephone 01348 881305