One of the best things about taking a short break in Pembrokeshire is the amazing range of outstanding Welsh produce in the region. From traditional butchers and fishmongers to small scale artisan companies, the list of foodie treats is vast. Having so much provenance to select is a nice problem to have for the chefs and staff at Penally Abbey! It can be a challenge, but also allows us to hand pick the very best of the region to give guests an outstandingly fresh taste of Welsh cuisine on our menus. Here are some of our favourite Pembrokeshire food suppliers and foodie treats that can be enjoyed at the hotel:
Perfect Preserves by Coedcanlas
If most of the honey and preserves you buy these days are mass produced and standardised, here is company with a refreshingly different approach. Based on the Pembrokeshire coast, they produce honey and condiments the old fashioned way. This begins with some 90 wooden hives that yield the most delicious organic honey, carefully kept to retain the excellent, delicate flavours that come from a pure local environment.
Equally popular at Penally Abbey are the company’s exquisite preserves. The marmalade, for example, is made from premium Seville Oranges and still cooked the old way in copper pans. It is wonderfully tangy stuff! Join us for breakfast at the hotel and we’re sure your taste buds will agree.
For more on the Coedcanlas range and ethos, visit their site: coedcanlas.com
Botanic Handcrafted Chocolates by Firstleaf
Another independent company producing totally unique foodie treats and gifts, Firstleaf have not so much an interest as an obsession with herbs, edible flowers and other special ingredients. Forming the perfect partnership of expert grower and chocolatier, Derek and Cathy produce fabulous handmade chocolates with tantalising flavour combinations. Highlights from their chocolate range include Foraged Wild Blackberry and Port, home grown Crab Apple and Calvados and various tasty specials using aromatic plants and edible petals. They are also available as an extra at Penally Abbey. An ideal way to treat your loved one, we think, whether it is Valentine’s Day, a birthday or special anniversary, or you simply fancy some amazing chocolate! Find out more at www.botanicchocolates.co.uk
Great Welsh Beers and Ciders
Besides a carefully selected list of wines from around the world, we also like to keep a close eye on great Welsh beers and ciders. Long before the current vogue for craft ales, South West Wales had some of the best breweries in Britain. Naturally, we are as keen as our guests to find the best, with regular additions to our beer and cider list to keep things interesting.
Current favourites include ales from Gower and Penlon Breweries, with various bottle conditioned beers and organic ciders. Tenby has recently been graced with not only one, but two, fantastic micro breweries, Tenby Brewery and Tenby Harbour brewery. Our staff are always delighted to recommend something to suit your taste buds, while Penally Abbey’s delightfully relaxed snug bar is the ideal place to socialise and sample a drop of something new.
From Beach to Bistro
We are also especially spoiled here in South West Wales to have access to excellent produce direct from Tenby. It is wonderful for our kitchen team to be able to take their pick from local fishermen. It is this careful selection process, along with the craft of our chefs that mark Penally Abbey out as one of the very best seafood restaurants in Tenby and the surrounding area. Our menus have ideas as fresh as the catch, and whether you order mussels or monkfish it will often be cooked on the day it was caught.
The Finest of Places to Eat near Tenby
Here at Penally Abbey, we believe no short break in Pembrokeshire is complete without sampling something excellent from the region. From traditional Welsh food favourites such as beautifully cooked lamb, through to sublime seafood and deliciously original desserts, we are rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best foodie hotels in Wales (see our dining section for a taste of what to expect).
Non-residents are welcome too, but please do call the hotel on 01834 843033 to book during busy times because we hate to disappoint. Do keep an eye on our blog, Facebook Page and Instagram for the latest tastes from Penally Abbey, along with special dinners and unmissable food events in Pembrokeshire.