There’s something about the food that is produced and sourced in North Wales that seems to make it even more delicious than usual. The ingredients are always as fresh as can be, and it is this authentic nature that has contributed to Wales’ already sterling food reputation and has helped them to reach international acclaim. Whether you’re looking to sample some fine delicacies for a quintessentially Welsh holiday, or you’re hoping to take a taste of North Wales home with you, we’ve taken a look at some of the finest providers of great local produce not far from our holiday homes for sale in North Wales.
Wrexham Lager was founded in 1882 by German immigrants Ivan Levinstein & Otto Isler, who were trying to recreate the lager taste from their homeland, and this makes it Britain’s oldest lager brew. There are currently two products on offer for people who visit the brewery. The first of these is Wrexham Lager, with a 4% ABV, it’s available in 30 & 50 litre kegs and is subtly hopped with a clean aroma to make for a light and refreshing beer. The second is Wrexham Export Lager, with a 5% ABV, it’s available in 330ml bottles and makes a well-balanced malt and hop beer with fruity notes that is easy to drink and not too heavy on the pallet. The shop itself sells all kinds of merchandise including t-shirts, glasses, bottle openers and ties, to make for some fantastic presents for people at home.
Llaeth y Llan
Gareth Roberts and his family have been producing some of the tastiest local yoghurts since the 1980s. It all began as he grew up on Tal Y Bryn farm outside of Llannefydd, hence the ‘Llan’ in the name, a settlement with striking views all over North Wales. Gareth and his wife Falmai were forever looking at ways to diversify their produce and attended various business food production courses before creating a beautiful yoghurt using only the finest wholesome Welsh milk. They now sell a variety of different styles and flavours that should feature in at least one of your breakfasts during your stay in North Wales. You can also visit the farm to take a tour of the facilities to discover exactly how it’s made. Llannefydd is located not far from any of our holiday parks, and you can combine a visit to the farm with some fantastic walks in the surrounding area.
Hawarden Estate Farm Shop
This local farm shop focuses on all things provenance and prides themselves from knowing the origin of every single piece of meat, vegetable or dairy product. Much of the produce is reared right here, but if it isn’t then butchers work hard to work with local farmers and merchants to select the best, most sustainable and local produce possible. Sausages are made on-site, as are most of the pastries and pies, while any vegetable that can be grown in the environment offered by North Wales, is grown right outside the shop. This is the perfect stop to get ingredients for some hearty home-cooked meals during your stay in North Wales, or head there en route home to pick up some tasty treats to extend the holiday as long as possible! The shop is located just outside Deeside on the outskirts of Chester, making in a convenient stop-off point for your journey home.
Husband and wife duo Emma and Mark Baravelli have crafted delicious chocolate for over nine years, but their talents have soon been recognised and they are now the proud recipients of over 40 prestigious food awards. Emma’s artistic abilities means she can create designs and edible sculptures, while Mark’s engineering background has played an instrumental role in creating their ‘bean to bar’ process. The shop itself is situated within the medieval walled town of Conwy, sheltering within the castle walls and offers various events and workshops for both locals and tourists alike throughout the year. The chocolates make fantastic gifts for friends and family at home or take them back to your caravan or holiday home for an indulgent treat on the last night of your holiday. They also sell vouchers for workshops, making the ideal present for any chocolate-lover in your life.
Dylan’s is a restaurant chain of three, all of which are based in North Wales; Criccieth, Menai Bridge and Llandudno. They work with the mission statement of “Celebrating the local produce, character and natural beauty of North Wales”. They not only want to spread the word of the amazing produce available right here in North Wales to visitors, but also to locals who may have got lost in a whirlwind of mass-production and have forgotten the individual characteristics of what it is to be produce from Wales. There are also weekly events in each of the establishments including Game & Whiskey night, Gin Gin & Cin Cin and 2 Blondes and a Harp. Visit any of the restaurants for dinner, or head to the shop to take back samples of the delicious, local foods available – they are renowned for their tasty selection of sauces!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at just five of our favourite local producers. There are hundreds of independent shops, restaurants and cafes in North Wales, do you have a favourite you think we have missed off our list? Don’t hesitate to let us know via the comments on social media and you can share your tips and experiences with others.