Category Archives: Local food

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.



Check out the Llandeilo and Tywi Local Food Guide online


Here it is — 40 entries to help us buy fresh, local food which has been produced with care, and has not been hauled from one side of the country to the other. Copies available from  The Green House, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo

Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide 2015

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 — to whom we give thanks for permission to use it.  May 4th 2015

Food Guide News


The final copies of Llandeilo Food Network’s first food guide — Fresh Local Food and Drink in and around Llandeilo 2014 —  are in The Green House, 91 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo. Copies are free, just take one.

We plan a bigger version for 2015, and have lots more producers and shops to include. Preparation will start in December.

Please email me,, if you produce or sell food originating within about 20 miles of Llandeilo, and would like to know more about the guide — or call in when passing The Green House (01558 822646), and collect a copy while there are still some left.

Just down the road from The Green House, at 83 Rhosmaen Street, Y Pantri opened today. Y Pantri sells wholefoods and local produce, a lot of it organic. You can find cheeses, cold meats, yogurts,  baked goods, vegetables, groceries, preserves, treats and more. Open 9-3 Monday-Saturday, 01558 328206.

Local producers were attracting customers during the Llandovery Sheep Festival on September 27 and 28. Earth Oven’s wood-fired oven baked popular pizzas (07976 945245), HedgeRose from Pumsaint sold rare-breed pork (07946 606079), and Mrs Pook’s Kitchen from near Lampeter had enticing marmalades and chutneys (01570 472810). Mrs Pook’s stock list includes Jamaica marmalade (with rum, naturally) and Creole mango chutney — not local ingredients, but prepared in West Wales.

Local home delivery services are a boon, especially in rural areas with very little public transport. Jac’s Fruit and Veg van delivers in many villages of north Carmarthenshire and into south Ceredigion, 07817 101794. Now Cooper the Butchers of 4 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, have a delivery service for locally-produced meats, including beef, lamb, chicken, pork and chicken, sausages, bacon, faggots and burgers. Find out more from 01558 823463.

Coming up, Llansawel Market next Saturday, October 18th, in the village hall, 10am-1pm. Refreshments, as well as local foods and crafts for sale.

Pat Dodd Racher, Llandeilo Food Network

Free local food guide now available


Local food for thought

Free from the Green House, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, the first edition of Llandeilo Food Network’s 24-page local food guide, listing producers and suppliers of high quality foods and drinks.

The guide is being distributed to other outlets around North Carmarthenshire too, so watch out for it.

Suggestions for enterprises to include in a future edition are welcome — please   email me on

Llandeilo Food Network, part of Transition Tywi Trawsnewid, is grateful to the Green House for funding the printing cost.

We apologise for any errors, and hope that we can only improve!



Four Seasons Daily


The Nantgaredig premises vacated by Wrights Food Emporium on their move to Llanarthne is newly occupied by the Four Seasons Cafe and Shop.

Atmospheric interior of the Four Seasons Cafe and Shop, Nantgaredig

Atmospheric interior of the Four Seasons Cafe and Shop, Nantgaredig

Emma and Stewart Williams, owners of the adjacent Four Seasons Health and Leisure Club, have opened a cafe and shop serving and selling local food. Produce includes home-made bread and cakes, wines, local cider and beer, free-range eggs, honey and pâtés.

The cafe and shop are open daily from 11am to 5pm. Private parties and meetings are welcome by arrangement. Wifi broadband is available.

Walkers and cyclists are catered for, and there is space to leave bikes where they can be seen.

Four Seasons Cafe and Shop are at Nantgaredig, Carmarthen SA32 7NY. Tel: 01267 290014. The website is

Teatime in the Four Seasons, Nantgaredig: informal and relaxing

Teatime in the Four Seasons, Nantgaredig: informal and relaxing