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A Welsh Summer Picnic: 14 food and drink producers based in Wales

28 Jul, 2023

Welsh summertime is in full swing (complete with rain, of course) and picnic season is upon us. Wales is home to some world-class food and drink producers, scattered all over the country. Many are available the world over. So this Summer we thought we’d share with you some of our top picks for your picnic basket. Get inspired to get outdoors with a taste of home, come rain, or shine, this summertime… 

Trealy Farm Charcuterie

With over 40 different British free-range products to choose from, Trealy Farm in Pontypool is ready to cater to all the family's needs. Want a taster for two? Try their sharing box which includes salami, beef and ham. Looking to feed the whole family? Tuck in to the ultimate Monmouthshire tasting box with over 8 different meats to choose from.

Available across the UK

Take a look at their award-winning charcuterie now >>

Welsh Lady Preserves

Do you like relishes and chutneys? Look no further than Pwllheli’s Welsh Lady Preserves. With over 16 different jars ranging from spicy tomato chutney to Piccalilli pickle, there’s an option for everyone. Would you prefer an afternoon tea picnic? Don’t fret, they also have jams, marmalades and fruit curds. My favourite is the blackberry jam.

Available across the UK - potentially ship overseas

It’s like summer in a jar, see the range here >>

Welsh Brew

Whether it’s loose leaf, speciality or tea bags, as Brits we all love a good cup of tea. Welsh brew, based in the Gower, is a family run business offering a variety of teas ranging from chamomile to Early grey. Plus, if tea isn’t for you, make sure to browse their range of coffees and hot chocolate…

Delivery available worldwide

Support a Welsh business with your morning cuppa >>

SamosaCo

Are you vegetarian, vegan or preparing a picnic with them in mind? Built on family recipes, SamosaCo, based in Pontyclun, offers customers 100% natural asian cuisine. Have you tried their bhaji’s, pickles or samosas? Order one of their hampers or variety bundles and add a taste of Asia to your Welsh picnic.

Available across the UK - potentially ship overseas

They’re good enough to turn you vegan, see here >>

White Castle Vineyard

Never tried White Castle wine? Well now’s your chance to try one (or all) of their seven varieties. Nestled in the Monmouthshire countryside, White Castle was founded by passionate wine lovers, Rob and Nicola Merchant. Looking to rent a wedding or corporate venue? Visit the 7-acre vineyard for a tour of the premises and take a look at the 16th century Croft Barn.

Available across the UK

Try a sip, or a bottle here >>

 

Cribyn Coffee

Founded in 2021 by husband and wife duo, this Brecon-based company offers high-quality arabica bean coffee, sourcing their beans from all over the world including Brazil, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Try a sip of Brazil with their limited edition ‘Peaberry’ blend or breath in that mountain air with ‘Ethiopia’.  A nice cup of coffee is a welcome addition to any picnic!

Available across the UK

Wake up and smell the coffee >>

 

Dragon Cheese

Take a bite out of this award winning cheese! Based in Caernarfon, Dragon Cheese sources its dairy from North and West Wales. With Cymru at its core, the company has previously worked with other local brands, including Halen Mon and Penderyn! If you’re a die hard cheese fan, take a look at their recipes and be sure to try their distinguished Cavern Slate Aged Cheddar.

Available across Wales in Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, M&S and other independent retailers

Shop the range today >> 

Cradoc's Savoury Biscuits

You can’t have your cheese without crackers, right? Based in Brecon, Cradoc’s boasts a whopping 11 flavours of crackers including leek & Caerphilly cheese and beetroot & garlic. Why not add a few boxes to your basket? All of their products are egg, nut, sesame and palm oil free too - tidy!

Available across the UK mainland

Cracker Central: Grab your crunchy delights here >>

HIVE MIND MEAD & BREW CO.

Founded in Caldicot by brothers Kit and Matt who are on a mission to make Mead cool, the world over. Hive Mind Mead, who you may also know as Wye Valley Meadery, began as a combination of the brothers' love for bees  and brewing. We’d recommend trying their brand-new ‘Nectar’ honey pilsner to brighten up any picnic! 

Available across the UK - potentially ship overseas

Network with Hive Mind on Connect >> Visit their website here >>

Baravelli’s

In the mood for some artisan chocolate? Make sure to drop in to the award winning Barevelli’s based in Conwy, North Wales. Holding partnerships with Harrods and Selfridges and appearing on Channel 5’s The Wonderful World of Chocolate, these speciality chocolate makers are a must visit for a sweet treat if you’re exploring the streets of Conwy.

Available across the UK

Is your mouth watering? Visit Baravelli’s here >>

Black Mountain Smokery

With award winning smoked meats and accompaniments, Crickhowell’s Black Mountain Smokery needs to be on your list for the perfect picnic. Check out their luxury hampers and send your loved one a basket full of wonderful Welsh produce anywhere in the UK! Feeling adventurous? Take a look at their recipes for those rainy days at home.

Available across the UK mainland

Delve into their selection of products now >>

Hilltop Honey

Do you like a dollop of honey in your tea? Maybe some honey in yoghurt or on toast? Either way, be sure to try Powys-based Hilltop Honey! Like the taste of anything sweet? They also sell agave and maple syrup in fully-recyclable packaging. Want the added benefits of honey everyday, check out their selection of recipes now.

Available across the UK

Taste the nectar of the gods today >>

Welsh Saucery

Ketchup, BBQ or brown sauce? The Welsh Saucery in Haverfordwest has them all! It might be a common disagreement among family and friends on which sauce is best, but no worries, they also offer gift selections so you can try a few. And if sauce isn’t your thing, why not try one of their rubs or spices with a meat of your choice.

Available across the UK - potentially ship overseas

Which one’s your favourite? Take your pick here >>

Drop Bear Beer

Hailing from Haverfordwest is Drop Bear, the Australian inspired alcohol-free craft beer. As a carbon neutral, vegan and gluten free option, this is the perfect drink for everyone (minus childrenšŸ˜‰). Fancy a sip of their Yuzu pale ale? Maybe one of their Tropical IPAs? Why not grab a mixed pack on their website or in store at Tesco?

Available across the UK

Taste Australia in a can today >>

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