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.

 

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Luncheon of the boating party by Renoir

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.

 

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Enjoy delicious local produce when on your next picnic inWales

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:

 

To start

Penclawd Cockles, S. Wales

Menai Oysters, Llanfairpwll Anglesey

Conwy Mussels, N. Wales

 

Main course

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

 

 

To finish

Welsh Cakes

Bara Brith

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.

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