There are many restaurants, country pubs and cafes in the area, here are some of our favourites with their sample menus:
The Angel In the village of Salem, near Llandeilo, you will find this award winning restaurant with food is second to none. Head chef and co-proprieter Rod Peterson, previously crowned Welsh chef of the year, sources the finest local produce and serves it in an original manner. Everything on the menu is prepared and cooked fresh every single day including his breads, pastries and even the rich little truffles.The Angel has won including two rosettes by the AA and the gold award in the Dining Out in Wales guide marking it out as a top eaterie. You can be sure of a warm welcome on arrival. The staff are friendly and superbly trained and the food delicious. Call ahead to check opening hours and make a reservation. Tel 01558 823394
Selection of fine soup
Swansea Bay mussels with Thai curry sauce
Tartlet of leek and Pant-ys-gwan cheese
With tomato compote
Salad of smoked chicken
With apple, celery, ccashew nuts & raisins
The Angel Hors d’oeuvres plate
Trio of fish & cheddar pie
with dill crumb
Duo Welsh beef
with béarnaise sauce, celeriac & bacon
Roast breast & confit leg of Gressingham duckling
With peppered cream cabbage & bacon
Roast saddle of venison with apple & prune charlotte, parsnip & port jus
Supreme of Guinea fowl
with rillettes of kalamata olives & basil, ragout of cannellini beans
Loin of monkfish
With leeks, crayfish ravioli & bisque
Selection of Welsh farmhouse cheeses
With walnut bread
White chocolate & orange bavarois
with pistachio ice cream
Assiette of mini desserts
with Tia Maria sauce
Bramley apple & cinnamon creme brulee
with vanilla ice cream
The Lasswade A warm and friendly welcome awaits you in this homely and comfortable restaurant in Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in the whole of the United Kingdom. The Lasswade continues to collect awards, the latest being a second AA Rosette and the UK Sustain Food Challenge which is awarded in recognition of our commitment to sourcing local produce, using organic ingredients, reducing food miles, caring for the environment and ensuring traceability of food. Relax and enjoy the experience of dinning out in Wales in a peaceful location between the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Eating out at the Lasswade is a truly memorable occasion.
Although the menu changes daily and with the seasons. A typical dish may consist of homemade smoked haddock fishcakes followed by a rack of herb crusted local mountain lamb accompanied with noisettes of Elan Valley Mutton and to finish, a sauté of hedgerow fruits with Elderflower wine in a filo basket accompanied with organic crème fraiche. Phone ahead to book on 01591 610515 Lunch or Dinner.
The Angel Bistro, Llandeilo (Same name as the Angel at Salem, different establishment)
When you visit the picturesque town of Llandeilo this is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner, the food, wine and beer are all excellent. Desserts are their speciality.
Penygawse is a Victorian tearoom and cafe in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse. Stop by and sample their delicious coffees, teas, pastries home made cakes, toasted teacakes with lashings of butter and fresh crispy salads. The extensive range of beverages ranges from Kenyan tea to Double Espresso.
Barita Deli and Coffee Shop.
In the attractive small town of Llandeilo you will find one of the best delis in South Wales This is owned and run by Rita Morgan and Nigel Williams, and it stocks the finest fare, not only from Wales, but from all over Britain and Europe. This is the place to stock up on all those savoury and sweet delicacies we love so much. Welsh ham from Carmarthenshire – the best sea salt (Halen Mor) – honey from Talley – and Llanfaes dairy ice cream, made by a Welsh family in the Brecon Beacons National Park from an old Italian recipe. There is also plaits of French garlic (white, pink and smoked), as well as herbs from Provence, succulent German sausages, Italian salami, Belgian chocolates and marzipan, superb Italian Illy coffee, and a whole lot more. Enjoy much of the produce, including the superb home-baked organic bread, in the coffee shop. Let it accompany a bowl of tasty soup or super sandwiches. You can take away many of the items on the menu, including quiches and savoury pies with fillings such as laver bread and leak or brie. The cappucino, espresso, lattes and hot chocolate are superb quality and their cakes are superb – our favourite is the coffee and walnut.
The Neuadd Fawr Arms Tucked away in the Upper Towy Valley in the picturesque village of Cilycwm on the old Drovers route you wiill find this ancient restaurant and bar. It has quenched thirsts and satisfied appetites for centuries, but no landlord or landlady can ever have provided better fare than it present owner, Bunty. She is known in the area for her excellent cooking skills, serving locally sourced fresh ingredients with flair and style that tastes delicious and is terrific value for money. You can choose to eat lunch, dinner or Sunday Lunch in the bar with its exposed beams, slate flagstone floors and two roaring woodburning stoves or in the cosy restaurant.
The Plough, Rhosmaen Drive along the A40 towards Llandeilo and just to the west of the town lies the small village of Rhosmaen. The Plough has a reputation locally serving one of the very best Sunday lunches in Carmarthenshire. This traditional Welsh building houses a smart modern interior and the locally sourced foods. Phone ahead 01558 823431 to book Sunday lunch as word has gone round and it is always fully booked.
The Goose & Cuckoo & The Red Lion at Llangadog
Completely refurbished, The Goose & Cuckoo has been transformed into Llangadog’s latest eaterie and bar, while still retaining the warm, friendly ambience of a village inn. The good service, accommodating restaurant, and delicious food make it popular for both lunchtime and evening meals, with a good selection of fare on the menu, using fresh local produce whenever possible. There is also a sizeable pub garden. The telephone number is: 01550 777359.
Beautifully situated in the Towy Valley, at the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, The Red Lion at Llangadog is a charming hostelry with a long history. Tel: 01550 777357
The Red Lion’s bar and restaurant boast a reputation for fine cuisine served in comfortable surroundings by friendly staff. A place with a passion for fresh, locally produced food and excellent service makes the Red Lion a popular venue for locals and tourists.Afternoon tea is served in the warmth of the traditional inn bar. Meals & Bar snacks are available 12.00pm-2.30pm & 6.00pm-9.30pm daily Sunday lunch from 12.00pm-2.30pm
Sample Menus from the Red Lion
Creamy Garlic Mushroom Tartlet with Roquette £6
Roasted Duck Salad with Parma Ham & Celeriac Remoulade £5
Spicy Thai Fish Cakes with Tomato and Coriander Salsa & Chilli Jam £6
Choice of Homemade Soups £4
Chicken Liver Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade & Walnut Toast £6
Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne with Parmesan Cheese £9
8 oz Welsh Beef Fillet Steak Served With Green Beans
Dauphinoise Potatoes & Pink Peppercorn Sauce £20
Welsh Lamb Shoulder Served with Minted Garden Peas
& Red Wine Reduction £15
Pembrokeshire Chicken Breast
Served With A Mushroom & Streaky Bacon Linguini £15
Grilled Fillet of Salmon
Served With Peppered Spinach & Cherry Tomato Sauce £15
Mushroom & Brie Wellington
With Port & Cranberry Compote £9
Roasted Pork Tenderloin
With a Grain Mustard Mash & Apple & Cider Sauce £14
Traditional Spotted Dick
With Custard £5
Baked Vanilla Cheesecake
With Raspberry Compote £5
Coffee Pot Au Chocolat
With Amoretti Biscuits £5
Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble
Served with Crème Anglaise £5
Welsh Cheese Platter With Ruby Port
Cenarth Brie, Perl Las,Y Fenni & Tintern Cheeses Served with Toasted Bread £7