Yr Ysgubor at Llandovery


The Ysgubor (Barn) Café at Ystrad Nursery & Agricultural Supplies, between Llandovery and Llanwrda on the A40 road, is a popular venue for light lunches, teas and coffees. Open 10am to 4pm daily, the café has a menu featuring fresh local foods. The nursery itself, open 9.30am-4.30pm, is well stocked with a very wide range of healthy plants and gardening requisites, and there is free parking.  The Alpacas, George and Moonshine, add a touch of the exotic. Tel 01550 721666.

Delicious salads are a feature of the Ysgubor menu.


More Additions to Food Guide


Half a dozen new entries in the food guide today, highlighting Carmarthenshire’s growing importance as a centre for local, sustainable foods. We have added Carreg Cennen Tearoom, Dryslwyn Community Shop, Rhosyn Farm Produce, The Castle Hotel, The Warren, and Watson and Pratt.

Much appreciated if anyone who spots an error gets in touch, so we can put it right.


Foodies Event in Crugybar


Tastes from the Tywi Valley and around — quite an incentive to go along to the Big Cwtch Summer Party on Saturday September 12th, at Glanrannell Park House in Crugybar. Cnwd (number 10 in the Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide 2015, terrines, pâtés, smoked fish) will be there, with chef Scott Davis cooking in a pop-up restaurant by the lake in the grounds, serving local food.

From the Hedge Rose (number 12 in the food guide, free-range rare-breed pork, lamb and beef) is in the line-up, and so is Blas o’r Tan (number 32, pizza oven). Also on the list are Benporium’s spun sugar candy fleece, Big Fish Little Fish, Cothi Valley Goats dairy products, Cwrtau Bach Farm vegetables and savoury preserves, Ginhaus Deli of Llandeilo, Handmade Beer Company, Mr Nice Pie vegan pies, Nomnom Chocolate, Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company seaweed and laverbread, Slow Pig pig roast, Welsh Cottage Cakes, and lots more.

The Big Cwtch is about music too, more than 30 acts  on two stages, and activities for children. It’s a tad expensive, in my opinion, but the idea is to raise money for Ski 4 All Wales, which enables disabled people to take part in winter sports. Full adult tickets are currently £30, children 13-16 £15, 5-12 £10, under 5s free, family ticket £70.

Pity that the Big Cwtch clashes with Llansawel Show, which will be taking place only a couple of miles down the road in the next village! Llansawel Show is competitive for sheep, dogs, ponies and donkeys, besides horticulture, handicrafts, cookery and art — a popular, traditional country show, of course with refreshments (Cegin Pantygwin, number 2 in our food guide) and ice cream (Golwg-y-Mynydd/ Mountain View, number 8).

Hopefully next year, such a clash can be avoided.


2015 Llandeilo and Tywi Local Food Guide Coming Soon


The print version of the 2015 Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide will be out soon and as last year, will be distributed free. To read the draft version online, click on the title: Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide 2015.  Thanks to everyone who agreed to be listed. The entries reflect the wide spectrum of food businesses in Llandeilo and the surrounding area. It’s clear, though, that dairying has fared very badly in recent years, and the survivors deserve medals. The location map is originally from www.walesdirectory.co.uk — to whom we give thanks for permission to use it.  May 4th 2015