‘The most beautiful cider ever tasted’ is made in the Valleys. That’s according to the judges of BBC Radio 4’s Food and Drink 2016 awards who gave the accolade of Best Drinks Producer in the UK to Hallet’s Cider of Blaengawney Farmnear Crumlin. (Listen to Andy talking about making his legendary cider) In fact the judges said this cider is ‘serious competition to good wines and deserves a place on the nation’s dinner tables!’ .
We have a crateful of liquid delights to discover in the Valleys. Tudor Brewery at Llanhilleth is another award-winning family run brewery where you can taste and buy their locally inspired Black Rock and Blorenge Golden Ale. They’ve won Three Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards, the Oscars of the Food and Drink Industry.
Gwynt Y Ddraig, the Welsh Cider and Perry Company, started as a hobby but quickly became a multiple award-winning selection of draught and oak-matured bottled ciders, now available in 7 countries around the world.
Williams Brothers Cider are a small, family run business producing high quality, hand crafted, award winning, traditional real Welsh cider at their cider house in Bedwas near Caerphilly.
If what you drink with your meal is as important as what you eat then The Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd is the place to go. This AA Welsh pub of the year have their own brewery, Otley Brewing Co, and stock local cider and cask ales. They have a beer academy and tutored beer tastings. There’s even an in-house delicatessen selling freshly baked bread, Welsh cheeses, freshly ground coffee, gift packs of beers and artisan chocolate.
If you want to discover the secrets of making beer then its a trip to Rhymney Brewery Visitor Centre in Blaenavon. And the The Cerddin Brewery create their own take on Welsh Ales.