Food AwardsWest Wales Shines at the Food Awards Wales 2018. We take a look at the winners and finalists and can’t help but feel more than a little spoilt by the choice we have here in West Wales


THE DRAGON PALACE (Saundersfoot)

Best Oriental Establishment

Restaurant General Manager of the Year
Lok Cheung

As renowned for the quality of their food as they are for the friendly atmosphere, the Dragon Palace remains a popular choice for Pembrokeshire locals and holidaymakers alike. With experienced chefs who have spent years refining the art of Chinese cuisine, there’s an extensive menu giving you plenty of options, whether you fancy a leisurely restaurant meal or a quick takeaway.


Best Seafood Establishment

This traditional seaside pub has built a reputation as one of the finest eateries in Pembrokeshire and has collected an impressive haul of awards in recent years. As the fish and seafood come straight from the surrounding waters, the quality and freshness of their produce is second to none. With simple dishes designed to showcase the pure flavours of the sea, the Griffin Inn is one of the best spots in Wales to sample fabulous fish and seafood.

PETHAU DA (Carmarthen)

Cafe/Bistro of the Year

Situated in the heart of the busy market town of Carmarthen, this café/bistro specialises in hearty, home-cooked food that puts a smile on your face. As well as having a varied lunch menu, Pethau Da are renowned for their impressive cake selection – you can even indulge in afternoon tea if you fancy a special treat. Welcoming, with a friendly atmosphere and quality food, this café has become one of the most popular eateries in the area.


Welsh Produce of the Year:

Inspired by treasured family recipes that go back generations, the founders of Little Grandma’s Kitchen began the business after the preserves they served at their daughter’s wedding made a big impression on the guests. Still produced in traditional small batches to ensure quality, these chutneys, curds, marmalades and preserves are made with local, seasonal produce where possible and are still doing Grandma proud after all these years.

EL SALSA (Cardigan)

Best Mexican Establishment

Finalists for the last 3 years, this year El Salsa have made it to the top. Based on the Ceredigion coast, they grow and source as much of their fresh produce as possible in the local area. With 15 years’ experience as a professional chef, founder Laura Elsaesser’s mission to bring Mexican street food to West Wales is going strong, with plans to create a permanent eatery and takeaway in Cardigan in 2018.

TAFELL A TÂN (Cardigan)

Best Street Food

Popping up at venues and events across West Wales, Best Street Food Winners Tafell a Tân have built an enviable reputation for creating, top-notch traditionally-made pizza. Simple, fresh ingredients on handmade dough, all cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven served by friendly, enthusiastic people who love their craft – a recipe for success!


Seafood Supplier of the Year

Founders Len and Mandy Walters have been supplying customers with freshly prepared fish and seafood for over 15 years and sourcing their produce from Cardigan Bay ensures the freshness and quality that they have become known for. As well as selling simple fish and seafood, they also transform the catch of the day into delicious tarts and potted treats.


THE PENTRE ARMS (Llangrannog)

Gastro Pub of the Year Mid Wales

Nestled in the Cardigan Bay cove of Llangrannog, overlooking the small, sandy beach, this traditional seaside pub is making waves in gastronomic circles. Popular with locals and walkers from the nearby coastal path, this pub is highly regarded for its range of real ales and top-quality home-cooked meals, which include fish and seafood dishes that showcase the local catch of the day.

THE QUBE RESTAURANT (Tenby) Restaurant of the Year South West

Chef of the Year – Damian Hanlon

Making inspired use of fresh local ingredients is at the heart of the cuisine on offer in this highly-regarded restaurant. With Chef of the Year winner Damian Hanlon creating food as stylish as the recently renovated interior, The Qube offers an ‘elegant dining’ experience, popular with locals and visitors to the lovely seaside resort of Tenby.


Best Mexican Establishment

El Salsa (Cardigan)

Best Oriental Establishment

The Dragon Palace (Saundersfoot)

Best Indian Establishment

Yasmins Indian Restaurant (Newcastle Emlyn)

Best Vegetarian Establishment

Caffi Iechyd Da (Carmarthen)

Waverley Stores Vegetarian Restaurant (Carmarthen)

Over the Rainbow Wales (Tanygroes)

Best Seafood Establishment

The Griffin Inn (Dale)

The Shed Fish & Chip Bistro (Porthgain)

Pysgoty (Aberystwyth)

Caterer of the Year

Strawberry Shortcake Dining (Crosshands)

Best Street Food

El Salsa (Cardigan)

Swshi (Lampeter)

Tafell A Tân (Cardigan)

Welsh Produce of the Year

Farmers Food at Home (Mathry)

Chantler Teas (Fishguard)

Grocery Box (St. Davids)

Little Grandma’s Kitchen (St Clears)

Oh Sugarplum! (Haverfordwest)

Wholesale Bakery of the Year

Tan-Y-Castell (Narberth)

Retail Bakery of the Year

The Welsh Bakery (Milford Haven)

Bara Menyn (Cardigan)

Wholesaler of the Year

Pembrokeshire Foods Company Ltd (Pembrokeshire)

Dairy Food Provider of the Year

Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheeses (Rosebush)

Fresh Produce Provider of the Year

Watson & Pratt’s (Lampeter)

Meat Supplier of the Year

Hideaway Farm Meats Ltd (Narberth)

Seafood Supplier of the Year

Solva Seafoods (Solva)

Cardigan Bay Fish (Cardigan)

Cookery School of the Year

The Pumpkin Patch Kitchen & Garden (Carmarthen)

Restaurant General Manager of the Year

Lok Cheung, The Dragon Palace (Saundersfoot)

Iestyn Thomas, New Celtic Restaurant (Aberaeron)

Cafe/Bistro of the Year

Sophie’s (Aberystwyth)

Blueberry’s Cafe (Tenby)

Pethau Da (Carmarthen)

Plumvanilla Cafe (Narberth)

The Old Market Square (Carmarthen)

Takeaway of the Year

D. Fecci & Sons (Tenby)

Swshi (Lampeter)

Golden Park (Pembroke)

Gastro Pub of the Year

The Black Lion Hotel (New Quay)

The Pentre Arms (Llangrannog)

The Daffodil Inn (Penrhiwllan)

Ferry Inn (St Dogmaels)

Belle Vue Inn (Llanybyther)

The Stackpole Inn (Stackpole)

Hotel Restaurant of the Year

Wolfscastle Country Hotel &
Allt-yr-Afon Restaurant (Wolfscastle)

Restaurant of the Year

New Celtic Restaurant (Aberaeron)

The Cellar (Aberaeron)

St Davids Kitchen (St Davids)

The Qube Restaurant (Tenby)

The Lighthouse Kitchen (Tenby)

Chef of the Year

Damian Hanlon, The Qube Restaurant (Tenby)

Outstanding Restaurant of the Year

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