Carmarthenshire’s new Larder Trails offer the ideal way to enjoy an autumnal feast and foraging trip to southwest Wales. Choose from a newly opened country house B&B, a restaurant with rooms on the coast or a new self-catering apartment above the Caws Cenarth dairy, as a base for self-guided foodie adventures across the county. The three Larder trails can be viewed here, but do read on.
With the new season bringing the freshest local produce to Carmarthenshire’s markets, delis, farm shops and restaurants, hungry visitors can head to Y Sied Cookery School or to picturesque Talley for its Sunday market for the popular stall selling homemade plum cake.
The ultimate aim is to embrace the harvest season, inspire an autumn picnic or help a holiday cottage kitchen supper feature as much Carmarthenshire produce as possible ensuring tourism secondary spend supports the local economy.
Each trail breaks down advice under distinct categories including best places for produce market shopping, morning coffee, lunch, treats, hands on tasting experiences, take homes and dinner dates.
From pop up markets to coffee roastery cafes, to cheese makers, vineyards, bottle shops, butchers and delis, visitors following the trails are led on a self-guided eating, drinking journey around the county meeting the makers themselves, the farmers, foragers, baristas and gelato producers adding to their experience.
The Eastern Larder Trail Autumn Break
Covering the county’s western flank of the Brecon Beacons and down to the coast this break takes visitors to the Aman Valley, Llandeilo, Llandovery and Llanelli. Experience amazing vegetarian Asian food with local seasonal veg at The Bear in Llandovery – the market town which is the gateway to the Brecon Beacons and where King Charles III has a home and shop for local goats cheese, veg and homemade plum cake at the Talley Sunday Market. Head to Coaltown Coffee – the old mining town of Ammanford’s new ‘black gold’ roastery for a coffee and enjoy the autumnal light and sea air and the ultimate fish and chips at St Ellis Bay Bistro with glorious seaside views over Carmarthen Bay.
Llwynhelig Manor is a family-owned, dog friendly B&B in Llandeilo with glorious views and a self-catering apartment. A two night stay in a double room from £270 based on two sharing on a B&B basis.
The Western Larder Trail Autumn Break
Covering the west of the county from Laugharne on the coast and inland to Whitland, St Clears and Newcastle Emlyn this trail takes in the county’s most famous cheese producer, Caws Cenarth, where guests staying at the apartment above the dairy get to enjoy a full guided tour and an artisan organic cheese selection in the fridge. For a comforting autumn take home don’t miss Deri Page Butchers in St Clears for their homemade lamb and mint pie and for a feel good bottle of wine swing by Hebron Vineyard for a tour and tasting during the grape harvest at this low intervention vineyard.
The Caws Cenarth Dairy Apartment is new self-catering apartment in the working dairy of the cheesemakers located near Newcastle Emlyn with a multitude of walks direct from the door and views across open fields. A two night stay in the apartment costs from £280 for up to five sharing on a self-catering basis.
The Mid County Larder Trail Autumn Break
Covering Carmarthen, the Towy Valley, Kidwelly and Llansteffan this trail takes in organic gin makers, autumn themed cookery classes and coastal foraging. The pull of Carmarthen in autumn is strong with organic Sunday roasts at The Warren, Albert Rees in the market slicing the famous Carmarthen Ham (Carma ham), and check out Soups and Stews workshops at Y Sied Cookery School. While Kidwelly’s monthly market (selling local honey and Fat Bottom Welsh Cakes) moves inside to Gwenllian Hall from October and the colder days call for hearty food like that available at the White Hart Inn, serving traditional Welsh meals like Cawl and Laverbread.
Mansion House Llansteffan is a luxurious base on the coast which has rooms with sea views and a two AA Rosettes restaurant. A two night stay in a double room from £333 based on two sharing on a B&B basis.
Larder Trails: Find out more!
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