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Published September 17th 2016
Quality Welsh food isn't just restricted to lamb, you know
Having worked as an Inspector for VisitScotland for a few years, I can now spot a brown tourist sign at a hundred paces and clapped my eyes on this one a few weeks ago when LT and I were out for the day in Llandudno.
We were back in Llandudno recently (what can I say, it's a beautiful town) and decided to take a little detour on the way home to have a coffee break and see what Welsh food was on offer.
I was immediately struck by how busy the car park was on a rainy day and this is generally the sign of quality, in my opinion, for what that's worth.
The farm shop on site is amazing and we spent a good while wandering round, salivating at the massive range of produce from around the country and beyond. I spotted some Scottish Gin, so that put a smile on my face and, although I know that Wales has a reputation for producing craft beers and ciders, I had no idea just how BIG the range was. There was a full shelf crammed with beautiful bottles, all of which looked very enticing.
I'll have one of each, please
Sugar rush, anyone?
So many carbs, so little time...
As well as the butcher counter, stocked with welsh lamb, sausages and other meats, there was an array of baked pies, cheeses, and a bakery counter where I got to test out some artisan breads. It is a great place to stock up your fridge (or freezer, should you be unlucky enough to live far away from the farm shop). The range is seriously massive.
After all the gawping at the food, we hit the beautiful café and relaxed in the outdoor courtyard, under the canopy to keep out of the rain. Obviously, we had to sample the cider (when in Wales, and all that) and we were not disappointed. I'm not sure what they do with it down here but, whatever it is, they do it extremely well.
Bodnant Courtyard...for the weary, bread filled traveller
Bodnant is open all year round and, as well as being set in a beautiful location, it has a restaurant on site, along with accommodation. There is also a National Trust Garden nearby, so there's plenty to do within the grounds and surrounding area. Also on hand within the complex is the National Bee Centre, which I avoided out of fear, but looks very, very safe for those of you who aren't complete wimps.
Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is located in the town of Llanwrst, North Wales.