05 March 2023
The Brecon Beacons have become a hot spot for food and drink in recent years. Not only are there fantastic pubs and restaurants spread across the national park but there’s an increasing number of local businesses producing a huge range of delicious food and drinks made within the park, using the finest local ingredients.
From gin aged in Welsh caves and apple juice with the royal seal of approval to locally bred lamb and tasty chocolate treats handmade in Brecon, there’s an abundance of locally grown and produced food and drink on sale from small businesses across the Brecon Beacons.
Check out our top picks for fabulous food and drinks businesses across the Brecon Beacons national park, perfect for picking up ingredients to cook up a delicious dinner at your Brecon Beacons holiday cottage or taking home to remind you of a fabulous holiday.
Local food produced in the Brecon Beacons
For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Brecon Chocolates is a must. The independent chocolatiers handmake their beautiful chocolates on site at their shop in the centre of Brecon. There’s an ever-changing selection to be sampled, many with a Welsh influence and local ingredients.
Where to buy: The Old Workshop, Lion Street, Brecon LD3 7HY
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday 10.30am to 4pm
Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream
Sweet treats don’t come much sweeter than Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream on the outskirts of Brecon. They hand-mix the finest ingredients on site in small batches to make the best-tasting ice cream, and you can even watch the process while you sit back and enjoy one of their 40+ flavours. And once you find your favourite flavour, you can take it home with you! Ice cream tubs, logs and cakes are available to purchase for the perfect pudding at your holiday home.
Where to buy: Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream, 19 Bridge St, Brecon, LD3 8AH
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday - Closed. Wednesday - Friday 12pm - 5:30pm. Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Black Mountains Smokery
A one-stop shop for all manner of delicious foods made both in Brecon and across Wales. Alongside their own brand which makes everything from chocolate to chutney, they are stockists for many other local brands. Black Mountains Smokery is best known for its award-winning smoked foods, traditionally cured and smoked at their smokehouse in Crickhowell. You can also order online and have it delivered straight to the door of your holiday cottage.
Where to buy: Leslie House, Elvicta Park, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1DF or order online
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits
Cradoc's bake a scrumptious range of savoury crackers in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons using a range of ingredients from Welsh suppliers. Perfect for pairing with cheese or dips, there are flavours such as leek and Caerphilly cheese, and pear and Earl Grey on offer.
Where to buy: Available at local stockists including Black Mountain Smokery, and for online purchase
Beacons Farm Shop
For all your meat needs while on holiday in the Brecon Beacons, take a trip to the Beacons Farm Shop at the Welsh Venison Centre. Their meat is from local free-range livestock and a must-try is the famous Welsh lamb, which roam freely on the fields and hills near the Welsh Venison Centre. Also on site is a deli counter which stocks everything you could need for a lovely lunch or picnic, from pork pies to Welsh cheeses.
Where to buy: Middlewood Farm, Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, Wales, LD3 7HQ
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8am - 4.30pm
Local drinks made in the Brecon Beacons
A family-run enterprise, Cascave Gin brings together earthy botanicals, especially selected and distilled to blend the essence of the wild Welsh landscape, with water hand-collected from within the historic caves of Dan Yr Ogof. In what’s believed to be a world-first, Cascave’s Cave Aged Gin is rested in casks for 180 days inside the caves themselves!
Where to buy: Available to purchase online
Penderyn is the official home of Welsh whisky. The distillery, set in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, launched its first whisky almost 20 years ago and has continued to expand ever since. Alongside their award-winning whiskies, they now produce a range of spirits and liquors using water from the Brecon Beacons National Park. Alongside their shop in Penderyn which is open 7 days a week, you can also book masterclasses and tours to make your visit extra special.
Where to buy: Penderyn Brecon Beacons Distillery, Pontpren, Penderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF44 0SX
Opening hours: Daily 9.30am - 5pm
There’s no doubt that there’s some special about water from the Brecon Beacons and Brecon Brewing uses that to their full advantage to create a delicious range of lagers, bitters, pale ales and cider. Once you taste them, you’ll discover why it’s no surprise that they’ve won many awards and accolades for their drinks over the last decade.
Where to buy: Available to purchase in local supermarkets or online
The Morris family have been making apple juice on their family farm for over 15 years and they’ve got the royal seal of approval; they’re one of the smallest food and drink companies in the world to be honoured with the Royal Warrant. Welsh Farmhouse handpicks, presses and bottles every single variety of juice to ensure high-quality apple and pear juices.
Where to buy: Online or from stockists all over Wales and England, including Black Mountain Smokery
Cribyn Coffee Company
Named after one of the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons, the Cribyn Coffee Company is a family-run business. The highest quality 100% arabica beans are sourced from around the world before being roasted in a restored 300-year-old coach house in the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons.
Where to buy: Online, at local stockists including The Beacons Farm Shop
Enjoy a foodie holiday in the Brecon Beacons
If you want to try some of these tasty treats for yourself, book a stay in the Brecon Beacons now.
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