Eat Local: Great Tastes at Carreg Cennen

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The café at Carreg Cennen Castle, Trap, was a great local food choice for Llandeilo Food Network’s lunch-cum-planning-meeting on May 3rd. The farm, tea room café and craft shop are run by Bernard and Margaret Llewellyn and their family, who breed and raise Longhorn cattle. These are slow-maturing and so fell out of favour when farmers were prioritising cattle with rapid weight gain, but they are attractive, historic, and suit the landscape around the castle, which draws around 30,000 paying visitors a year.

The imposing ruins of Carreg Cennen Castle.

The imposing ruins of Carreg Cennen Castle.

Carreg Cennen Castle itself is managed by CADW, the Welsh Government’s organisation for the protection of historic buildings and environments, but is owned by the Llewellyn family. The café is in the farmyard, at the foot of the slope leading up to the majestically sited castle, and has seating in the adjoining function room with panoramic views of the rural landscape.

Our lunches included Longhorn beef raised on the farm, excellent taste and also excellent value at £6.25 in either cottage pie or salad comprising local produce accompanied by potatoes. Beef packs can be ordered from the farm, too (see the poster below).

We followed with rhubarb in rhubarb crumble cake, £1.95 by itself, £2.60 with cream or £2.95 with dairy ice cream. The crumble cake is a superb dessert (based on my many years of dessert tasting!)

The café is relaxed, coffee comes with a free refill, the staff are genial and helpful, all in all a first-rate choice for lunch or tea (as well as for weddings, parties and other functions). Open to the public 9.30am to 5.30pm in summer, to 4pm in winter, every day except Christmas Day.

Longhorn beef from Carreg Cennen  has fine flavour.

Longhorn beef from Carreg Cennen has fine flavour, and can be purchased for home consumption.

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