If you are visiting Cardiff or have friends or family coming to stay, give them a tasty treat with a walking tour of the capital to discover an authentic taste of Wales. Around Town was invited to tag along on a recent food tour of Cardiff and we couldn’t resist.
There are lots of ways to see the city but the Cardiff Food Tour run by Loving Welsh Food has to be the most unique and gives visitors a real flavour of Cardiff and its culinary past and present, while helping them get to grips with the City’s geography.
Tours run every Friday and Saturday morning from 10.30 and start at Cardiff Castle, make sure you book ahead because the groups are kept small and spaces fill up quickly. We were met by our lovely tour guide, Ieuan, who couldn’t have been nicer, he was down-to-earth and chatty with lots of fascinating insights at his fingertips.
We had a great group and it was lovely getting to know everyone along the way with people from as far away as Australia, it was a real delight seeing them discover Cardiff for the first time and learning about Welsh culture.
We kicked off the tour at Pettigrew Tea Rooms with the classic Welsh treat bara brith, accompanied by laverbread scones with chilli jam and cream, which were absolutely delicious and of course a cup of traditional Welsh tea.
After a gentle start we picked up the pace and headed off on our 3 and a half hour journey to explore Cardiff. We don’t want to give away too many spoilers because it’s great discovering things as you go. But the tour was packed with interesting facts and stories with lots of tasty pit stops along the way.
One of the highlights of the tour that we have to mention was a stop off at Ffwrnes Pizza in Cardiff Market. You may know their story if you watched Pizza Boys on S4C, two boys from Llanelli quit their day jobs to follow their passion for pizza.
Now they’ve installed a wood fired pizza oven upstairs in Cardiff Market and they make the most amazing traditional pizzas using Welsh ingredients. The pizza drizzled with Pembrokeshire honey is quite possibly the best pizza you will ever taste. Ffwrnes Pizza is one of Cardiff’s hidden gems and truly a delight to discover.
As you meander around Cardiff you’ll gets lots of tasty samples and meet a few food producers along the way to get a snapshot of their stories. We learned about the history of Wally’s Deli in Morgan Arcade. Originally a tiny shop on the site where John Lewis now stands. It was founded by Jewish immigrants driven out of Poland by the Nazis in 1939.
They took refuge in Cardiff and slowly built up the business which is still in the same family today. A true Cardiff landmark, oh! and their mustard cheese is phenomenal, we had to buy some to take home for later.
We couldn’t recommend this tour highly enough, at just £45, it’s well worth the ticket price and a great introduction to Cardiff and welcome to Wales.
To book a tour call 01970 631731 or visit www.lovingwelshfood.uk.
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