You can’t beat a taste of Wales, here’s five of the best that should be on your shopping list.
Llaeth Y Llan
Named Manufacturer of the Year at the 2018 Insider’s North Wales Business Leaders Awards, everything has been going rather well at the farmhouse-turned-dairy of Llaeth Y Llan. From a humble milk round in the early 1980s, this family-run farm now counts Tesco, Asda and Morrisons as stockists for its award-winning yoghurt, as far afield as Manchester. Still headquartered outside the Northern village of Llannefydd, the opening of its new dairy in 2017 was promptly followed by a visit from Prince Charles.
Glengettie have now been selling their everyday black tea for 67 years, blending Kenyan and Assam teas to forge a taste and flavour that complements the soft waters of Wales. The brand has expanded into decaf and loose leaf blends down the decades, but their staple product has been comfortingly consistent. Aided by trademark slogan “It’s got to be Glengettie”, and an ardent love of the Wales rugby team, Glengettie has been a Welsh tea of choice for generations.
A family run business in Swansea with brewing in their blood, hailed as ‘The great ales of Wales’, Tomos Watkin produce a fantastic range of beers with something for everyone. For bitter drinkers Cwrw Braf is amber in colour with a gentle hop aroma and OSB is a rich red premium cask ale that’s full bodied with a fruity taste, ideal for the discerning ale drinker.
For those wanting something lighter their pale ale Cwrw Haf is hugely popular. Refreshingly light it’s brewed using no coloured malts and is bursting with citrusy aromas, the perfect summer tipple. There’s also a cider in the range that’s gained iconic status in Wales, Taffy Apples packs a fruity and flavoursome punch and it’s definitely worth looking out for.
From Our Farm
Wales is not known for its biltong, but if From Our Farm has its way, that might not be true for long. The George family have run a mixed farm in the pastures of Pembrokeshire for at least four generations. Their arable rotations include potatoes, barley, wheat, maize and beet – but the main attraction is the beef. Inspired by a trip to South Africa, the Georges launched their new biltong range in 2017, and now offer original and chilli varieties, with beer and chopping board gift sets.
Founded by an 18-year-old with a grant from the Prince’s Trust, Nomnom is a testament to a young, charismatic entrepreneur. Rarely seen without his trademark flat cap and waistcoat, Liam Burgess found education “rigid” and left school to work in the kitchens of local restaurants. He grew Nomnom from a caravan in his back garden, cultivating a raft of flavours, including peanut butter, Welsh cake and espresso martini.