Eating & Drinking inWales

At 8,022 square miles, Wales may be a small country, yet it’s one with a big personality, its own language, and strong artistic and culinary traditions. Wales’ capital and largest city, Cardiff, has seen a revolution in its food offering, its thriving restaurant scene leaning towards casual and affordable rather than formal destination. Well worth seeking out are Arbennig, John and Ceri Cook’s food-emporium-cum-restaurant; Russell Bullimore’s tiny Bully’s, mixing Italian and French influences; and the fiercely independent Italian restaurant Casanova, which sparkles in a city-centre dominated by chains. 

Wales’ second city, Swansea, has one of the finest and largest indoor markets in Britain, where you can buy Welsh cheeses, laverbread (porphyra seaweed cooked long and slow) and Gower salt-marsh lamb. Spearheading a burgeoning restaurant scene are long-standing favourites Hanson at the Chelsea and the pint-sized Slice. Over in Oxwich Bay, Hywell Griffith's menus are full of seafood and fish from the day boats alongside top-drawer local meat and game. The restaurant offers expansive Gower Peninsula views to boot.

Making an impact way beyond the Welsh borders with their quiet professionalism and remarkably nuanced, truly memorable cooking are James Sommerin of Restaurant James Sommerin in Glamorgan; Gareth Ward of Ynyshir, in Powys; and Chris Harrod of Whitebrook, all of whom occupy a coveted spot in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Restaurants list.

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