Torrential rain outside, the roads awash and drain covers tossing on plumes of excess water, four members of Llandeilo Food Network ventured to Cwmcerrig Farmshop and Grill on the last day of January, for a good old-fashioned carvery lunch of roast and multiple veg, a proper ‘Sunday dinner’ (although it was Friday).
The farming Watkins family — Roland, Reuben, Stuart, Tom and Davina — opened their shop and grill on Cwmcerrig Farm, Gorslas, in 2009, to diversify their business. Within five years, their reputation has spread far beyond Gorslas.
The carvery option in the cafe is offered from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm, and currently costs £8.95. For that, there is a choice of roast meats and up to eight vegetables, plus traditional sauces and gravy, very popular with the clientele — who were numerous, despite the appalling weather.
Diners help themselves to vegetables, and there is one restriction, no more than four roast potatoes for an adult and two for a child.
The cafe itself is open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm, with last orders at 4.30pm, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays, last orders at 3pm. Breakfasts, for morning customers, feature the ‘Mega’ at £6.65, and a cheaper but still substantial option.
With pancakes (£2.99 or £4.19 with ice cream), salads (from £7.40) cawl (£4.99), jacket potatoes with fillings (from £5.25), favourites with chips, and also baguettes and sandwiches, no one eating at Cwmcerrig risks going hungry.
The cafe shares a building with the farm shop, which stocks home-produced Hereford beef and Texel-cross lamb. Many of the other products are local too — such as bakery goods, cheeses, vegetables and fruit in season, pies, quiches, sausages, eggs — and the venture is also creating jobs.
Cwmcerrig is off Cefneithin Road. Travelling west from the A476, the turning to the farm is on the right, just before the road passes under the A48.