While Abergavenny is well known for its Food Festival, it’s actually kind of a foodie haven all year round. We’ve found 5 of the tastiest things Aber has to offer, including gourmet goodies, locally sourced products, and just generally really nice food. Mwynhewch eich bwyd! (That’s bon appétit in Welsh.)
Beers by Tudor Brewery, Marches Deli
16 Neville Street
10-5 Tues – Thurs
9-5 Friday and Saturday
What’s better than celebrating exercise with alcohol?*
Tudor Brewery is an award-winning family run brewery based in Abertillery. Amongst other things, like artisan cheeses and rustic bread kits, Marches stocks several of Tudor Brewery’s craft beers inspired by the Brecon Beacons that surround Abergavenny. The perfect thing to unwind with after a Sunday hike.
*p.s. that was a joke, please don’t tell me off in the comments.
Pistachio and Raspberry Slice, Fig Tree Espresso
Around £2 – £6
15 Neville Street
9-5 Mon – Fri
Look how moreish! Look at that angelic light seeping in!
If you fancy something sweet to go down with your beer, Fig Tree Espresso is literally across the road from Marches, and comes highly recommended by locals. One TripAdvisor review calls it “the Best Coffee Shop in Abergavenny”.
This cosy cafe makes homemade cakes and bakes (e.g. green tea peach crunch cake, Mint Aero brownies) as well as amazing drinks (currently serving a Creme Egg milkshake for Easter, also blueberry & lychee smoothies, peanut butter hot choc, etc), as well as savoury snacks.
Breakfast at the Kitchen (The Art Shop & Chapel)
Around £4 – £6
10-5, Tues – Sat
Truly a hidden gem.
Breakfast is served from 10am-12pm in this fascinating cafe, located in a refurbished chapel (the big red brick building on Market Street). Their breakfast menu is short but sweet (though there are savoury options, ha ha); featuring decadent ways to start your day like French toast, porridge with oat cream and dates, or humbler fare like toast, butter and homemade preserves.
The cafe is gorgeous inside, and is filled with art, books, and handmade jewellery. A lot of their ingredients are grown in their garden, and their menu is generally low on dairy and wheat (inc gluten free bread). If you’re feeling saintly, there are plenty of healthy lunch options. For the less virtuous, they serve homemade cakes and other snacks throughout the day.
Fresh produce, Abergavenny Market
Varies. Generally very cheap.
Does anyone else like smelling fruit? Is that just me? Okay, nevermind.
The idea of a ‘trendy farmers market’ may seem quite foreign to those who have grown up in the town. However, just in case anyone has forgotten (or is new to the town and does know), the weekly markets are one of the best places to get cheap, quality fruit and veg from local producers. It’s as good for the environment as it is for your health – locally grown things mean less transporting, which means less fumes and pollution from vehicles. Also means you cut down on packaging & rubbish. And, most importantly, it’s all natural, and changes seasonally, so there’s always plenty to inspire you.
Takeaway roast dinner, Eat Your Heart Out
23 Frogmore Street (01873850330 for delivery)
Photo taken from Tripadvisor. Look at those potatoes.
Eat Your Heart Out is a family run cafe bistro in the town centre, and they’re open everyday, serving cakes, hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals. It’s especially family-friendly, and has run kids cooking sessions in the past.
On Sundays they deliver a variety of things from their menu (like fish & chips and sandwiches), however they also can deliver a roast dinner directly to your door, which is amazing, in my opinion. Surely that’s the recipe for a perfectly relaxed Sunday – pyjamas, telly, and a roast dinner that’s actually delivered to you? Outstanding.
So there you have it! 5 things to treat your tastebuds with.