Here at Pen-y-Bryn Farm & Holiday Cottages, we are always on the look out for new experiences for our guests to try. We are proud to have so many local producers of excellent food and drink right on our doorstep. For some of the best locally grown and reared food that the world has to offer, you need look no further than North Wales. Here are our suggestions of ways to sample a small selection of what is available within a short drive of our cottages and farmhouse.
Patchwork Foods in Ruthin, which is around a 35 minute drive from us, offer visitors a taste of their fabulous pâté alongside a tour of their base. The tours, which must be booked in advance, are available for individuals or groups of 2 or 4 people. You will learn about the story of the founder, products and team, receive a tour of the factory and get to taste some of their delicious produce during the hour that you spend with your guide. You will also receive a hamper to take home with you (1 between 2, or 1 each for individual tours.) The samples of pâté that you taste will not be sampled from your hamper, as the team like to say, 'the more pâté the merrier!' Sounds good to us! For more information about package prices or to book your tour, please click here to visit their website.
Conwy Brewery are a short 20 minute drive/taxi ride from us here at Pen-y-Bryn Farm. For £10 per person, they offer a pre-booked brewery tour, which offers a fascinating insight into the world of the micro brewery. Your knowledgeable guide will show you around and tell you all about their most popular brews and at the end of the tour, you will be offered the chance to sample their wares. As if that isn't enough, there is an on-site micropub called Mash where you can further enjoy a pint or two of Conwy ale. They also offer day long events – Brewer for a day or Design your own beer day. You can even purchase some bottles to continue the sampling back at your cottage! For more information about Conwy Brewery, or to book a tour, please click here to visit their website.
A little under an hours drive away, there is a popular behind the scenes tour with a difference being held at Halen Mon Saltcote in Anglesey. During the 50 minute tour, which is led by a trained guide, you will discover the place of salt in culture and history. The tour will conclude with a tutored salt tasting which has been surprising and delighting visitors to Halon Mon. There is also an on-site cafe which celebrates local, seasonal produce. Tour tickets are priced at £6 for adults, £5 for seniors and islanders, £4.50 for students, £4 for children aged 8 and over and free to children under the age of 8. Halen Mon do state that the tour is primarily designed for adults but that children are welcome to join them. For more information or to book your place, please click here to visit their website.
That is just a small selection of the very different tasting tours available in the surrounding area, all within a short car or train journey of Pen-y-Bryn Farm. We are sure that you will agree that the delicious, local produce on offer is one of the very best reasons to visit us and stay in one of our self-catering holiday cottages or large farmhouse. Each place that we have recommended also offer products to purchase after your tour – perfect to enjoy as you spend an evening relaxing back at the farm after a long day!
To find out more about our four self-catering holiday cottages and large farmhouse, please click here or to check our availability calendar, please click here. You can see some of our many recent 5 star reviews on Tripadvisor by clicking here. We are also 5 star rated and Superhosts on Airbnb, which you can see by clicking here. We look forward to welcoming you to Abergele in North Wales, home to some of the best local and seasonal food and drink that Wales and the world have to offer in surroundings that are second to none.