- Local attractions in the Wye Valley
As we launch our Green Traveller's Guide to the Wye Valley, Jackie King picks out a selection of local visitor attractions in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Breweries keep alive the nine-centuries-old tradition of creating world-class drinks from local barley, wheat and fruit. Brewing in this area of the Wye Valley has happened since the 12th century when local monks kicked off the tradition.
- Local attractions in the Dyfi Biosphere, West Wales
As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Dyfi Biosphere, Florence Fortnam picks out a selection of local cultural and heritage visitor attractions. We have chosen activities and visitor attractions throughout the region which will allow you to get up close and connect with the local landscape. Whether it's absorbing the beauty of the coastline from the saddle of a donkey, taking in the scenery from the comfort of a steam train, or exploring the workings of the local slate mines, there's plenty of things to keep the whole family entertained.
- Local activities in the Peloponnese
Adventurous foodies will enjoy city food tours, olive oil tours and mountain mushroom-hunting. Explore Messinia also run day tours and multi-day adventures in the region, including stand-up paddle boarding, river trekking, rafting, cycling and canyoning. exploremessinia.com Food tour of Kalamata You might not realise at first glance, but the historical centre of Kalamata hides a trove of food treasures, from charcutiers crafting the region’s famous pasto (salted pork) to pastry shops producing delicious orange cake, stores selling local herbs or home-made yoghurt, and a vibrant fruit and vegetable covered market. Kalamata Tours, run by the company Food Philosophy, takes you straight to the city’s most authentic food stores, enabling you to meet their owners and taste their foods. You end up with lunch in a local taverna where you taste the traditional gournopoula(roast pork) and wash it down with local wines or a glass of ouzo. kalamata.tours Olive tour in Androusa, near Kalamata Do you know your koroneiki from your kalamata? Before heading back north, kayakers enjoy a lunch made from fresh local produce.
- Places to Eat in the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley
As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of places to find local food and drink in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north Wales. Who'd have thought the heather-clad hills of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley could inspire so much wonderful local produce: from frangrant honey and ice cream to rich, tangy ales, the humble heather flower has influenced food and drink producers across the region. Don't forget to check out the Clwydian Range Food Trail – a fantastic foodie route which passes some of the region's top producers. Their guiding principle is to support local microbreweries and they have a range of local guest beers on tap throughout the year. The food is local, simple and delicious – try slow-braised beef stew or fillet of Fleetwood haddock; Friday is the popular fish and chips night.
- Places to Eat in the Brecon Beacons
As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Brecon Beacons, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés, inns and food festivals that celebrate local food and drink in this glorious National Park in south Wales. Local Welsh venison, Black Mountain smoked salmon and, of course, lamb in abundance - the Brecon Beacons is undoubtedly home to some of Wales' best food. With around 90% of the meat and poultry used coming from the family farm (Glaisfer Uchaf), as well as numerous local suppliers, the menu sets the standard for local, fresh dishes. Wherever possible, food is sourced from local suppliers - the bacon comes from a butcher in Brecon, all other meat and fish from the Black Mountains Smokery near Bwlch. There's also home-grown veg from the Gower and a long list of local cheeses.
- Local attractions in the Peloponnese
The top floor houses the Savopoulos’ family collection of local costumes, Byzantine icons, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and weavings.
- Places to Eat in Llŷn
As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Llŷn, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, festivals and farmers' markets for local food and drink in this wonderful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in northwest Wales. The emphasis is on local ingredients. Tremfan Hall prides itself on a big welcome and its wide range of food, from Sunday lunch specials, 2-course set price dinners and children's menu. They produce organic jams and chutneys under the Treddafydd Organic label, supply delis, including Rhug Farmshop, and attend markets and food fairs. On the first Saturday of the month there is a produce market at Sarn Village Hall. visitwales.com/things-do/attractions/some-best-markets-wales For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Llŷn.
- Places to Eat in Snowdonia
As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Snowdonia, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of cafés, pubs, shops and delis to help you find local food in this glorious National Park in northwest Wales. Blue Sky This beautiful café, located just moments away from Bangor’s lively high street, focuses on local, seasonal food. Head chef, Aled Davies, serves local, organic food, much of it coming from the on-site kitchen garden. caban-cyf.org Cemlyn Teashop Colourful hanging baskets welcome you through the door of this multi award-winning teashop, located in the village of Harlech, just moments from the coast. All the meat and eggs comes from the local free-range farm. The area is popular with birdwatchers, mountain bikers, and day trippers enjoying the stunning local scenery. cafesnowdon.co.uk The Bryntirion Inn ‘The Bryn’, as it’s affectionately known, is a 17th-century inn serving award-winning ales and good food; it also has an extensive wine list, with some organic options.
- Places to Eat in Pembrokeshire
The region is full of local specialities and fresh produce; from local diver-caught scallops and St Brides Bay crab to organically-reared Welsh beef and creamy Pant Mawr organic cheese. With a great deal of local produce on offer from regional producers, this is an ideal way to end a day in Pembrokeshire's own 'little town of fishes'. plantagenettenby.co.uk Stackpole Inn Having recently been named the 'Best Gastropub in Wales' at the recent Great British Pub Awards 2011, Stackpole Inn offers up nothing but the highest quality home cooked food whether you're after a light lunch or a hearty evening meal. Now in it's 14th year, Narberth Food Festival brings you an entire weekend of culinary excellence from the very best local producers. From sushi masterclasses to hints and tips from top chefs, there's much more to do at this festival than simple sample the food. You can also expect top musical acts to enjoy while you enjoy whatever local food tickled your fancy. narberthfoodfestival.com Cwm Deri vineyard It's very rare that you'll have the chance to wander through a vineyard in the UK, and rarer still that you'll be surrounded by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
- Places to Eat in the Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire is blessed with a no-nonsense approach to food – keep it local and make it hearty. There’s a café on-site too serving up homemade breakfast, lunch and tea – plus there are trails to follow to view the farm’s animals which kids will love (llamas being among the more unusual creatures to spot). wensleydale-experience.com Country Harvest The food hall here is crammed full of local deli delights – think award winning cheeses, meats and freshly baked cakes. Chef Steve Smith uses Estate meat and game and much produce from the kitchen gardens and the wine list has won awards too. devonshirehotels.co.uk The Angel Inn restaurant One of Yorkshire’s longest running gastro pubs, the food at this popular pub in Hetton has won countless awards for its pioneering approach to pub food. Creative menus use all local produce in both the Restaurant and more informal Bar Brasserie. Offering all day dining, brunch is a favourite and you groups can have Sunday lunch roasted to order if you book in advance. brasserieinthecourtyard.co.uk For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to The Yorkshire Dales