The Edwardian’s might have had a different take on glamping Wales but they certainly knew how to put on a picnic. Crisp white table linen, silver cutlery, crystal glasses the best china and of course an army of servants on stand by was the norm for some.
Renoir in his painting Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-1881) and Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass (1865-6) both demonstrate how the French enjoyed decadent out door parties with raised pies, whole chickens, ripe fruit and lashings of wine. Welsh artist Claudia Williams RCA captured an atmosphere of contentment in her painting Family Picnic where one woman is enjoying what looks like a cup of tea.
When glamping Wales you can style your picnic anyway you wish. The scenery is sublime and the picnic food abundant and delicious. What more do you need?
Here is a menu of tasty Welsh victuals from which you might choose to fill your picnic basket:
Penclawd Cockles, S. Wales
Menai Oysters, Llanfairpwll Anglesey
Conwy Mussels, N. Wales
Smoked salmon from the Black Mountains Smokery, Crickhowell Mid Wales
Carmarthen Ham (a particular favourite of Prince Charles) awarded EU protected name status and produced in Carmarthen the rich and fertile ‘garden of Wales’, West Wales
Fresh crisp salad grown and sold by Hooton’s at their farmshops in Brynsiencyn Anglesey and Caernarfon N. Wales
Chicken (organic free range) from Cefn Maen Farm, Raglan
Eynon’s award winning pies, St Clears, West Wales
Bread & Pastries
Talgarth Mill (community run, water mill) & Bakers Table Cafe and Bakery, Talgarth near Brecon Beacons
Llynnon Mill (working windmill built 1775) with shop and cafe near Llanddeusant, Anglesey
Farmhouse Bakery, Johnston, Pembrokeshire
Snowdon Pudding (Pwdin Eryri)
Welsh Apple Cake (Dinca Fala)
Honey Cake (Tiessennau Mel)
Welsh Toffee (Taffy)
Posh Puds, Benllech, Anglesey
Nom Nom Chocolate made in Llanboidy, Pembrokeshire
Shepherds Ice-cream, Hay on Wye
The Cheese board
Y Fenni Cheese cheddar mixed with mustard seeds and ale from Abergavenny, Mid Wales
Tintern Cheese, South Wales
Caws Cenarth, West Wales
Teifi Cheese, West Wales
Snowdonia Cheese, North Wales
Caerphilly Cheese, South Wales
Great places to buy picnic food when glamping Wales
Bodnant Welsh Food Everything you could possibly need can be found at this excellent centre alongside the Conwy River. Bakery goods, meat, deli produce, drinks, award winning pies, dairy and a range of Welsh cheeses
Cafe Mor is a multi award winning street food beach shack powered by solar & wind energy. It is based at Freshwater West beach in south Pembrokshire and serves a huge range of delicious goodies for snacking on throughout the day. All ingredients are local, many foraged from the seashore. Their crab rolls, lobster rolls, Barti Burgers, Classic Beach Burgers, Fresh West Breaky Rolls are to die for.
Wright’s Food Emporium at the Golden Grove in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire. Delicious meats (fresh and cured), cheeses, pies, brad, cakes, charcuterie, wines, Welsh beers, ciders and lots more.
Rhug Estate Farm Shop in Corwen with over 2000 products to choose from. This huge venue started small and has grown in popularity and size since 2004. It stocks Welsh, local and organic deli goods, meat, charcuterie, roasted meats, cheese, pies, quiches, beers, ciders, spirits, meads and wines.
Beacons Farm Shop, at Middlewood Farm Bwlch, Brecon part of the Welsh Venison Centre in the heart of the Brecon Beacons stocks a range of deli goods as well as pork pies, bread, bacon, eggs, beer and wine.
Happiness is going for a picnic.