A Taste of Great Britain: Wales in Three Days

View of Cardiff Bay + Port of Cardiff from my hotel room

View of Cardiff Bay + Port of Cardiff from my hotel room

Part two of my trip with Visit Britain took place in Wales. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know much about the country going in and all I knew of it was Welsh ponies and Welsh corgis. My misinformation led to my sheer amazement with the country — a place filled with so much nature, grandeur and quaint little towns. The people were friendly and the food was wonderful. We spent the bulk of our time in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, with one day and night in the outskirts of Cardiff, in the small towns of Abergavenny and Hay-On-Wye. I wish we had spent more time in the countryside of Wales. There’s something for everyone and a quick glance at Visit Wales’ Instagram will prove exactly that. Foothills, waterfalls, medieval castles, beaches… Seriously, There. Is. So. Much!

Cardiff, Wales

To Stay:

voco St. David’s Hotel & Spa
Set on Cardiff Bay’s waterfront, voco St. David’s Cardiff’s glass-fronted facade stands out amongst the coastal setting. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony that looks out at the water. Despite being built almost twenty years ago, the hotel has a very contemporary feel to it.

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To Eat + Drink:

Fabulous Welshcakes
Welshcakes are like small, griddle pancakes made from scone batter. They are traditionally filled with raisins but here at Fabulous Welshcakes, they come in all kinds of delightful flavors. These were out of this world delicious and I hope to recreate these at home one day.

Park House Restaurant
Set inside a gothic revivalist town house built by the same architect that built Cardiff Castle, Park House is a fine dining restaurant focusing on Welsh cuisine. Inside, time stands still and you’re transported to a time long ago with fixtures and furniture older than you can imagine.

The exterior of Park House

The exterior of Park House

Truffle risotto at Park House

Truffle risotto at Park House

Pettigrew Tea Rooms
Classic afternoon tea in the gate houses of Cardiff Castle. Don’t skip out on a native Welsh treat called “laverbread”, a scone-like pastry made from seaweed found on the coastlines of Wales. The seaweed resembles nori and I swear the bread tasted Asian and it was a magical experience. Usually eaten with sweet chutney.

Bar 44
Spanish tapas bar and restaurant brewing their own deliciious golden lager.

To Do + See:

Cardiff Castle

What used to be the old Cardiff Bay Port’s office

What used to be the old Cardiff Bay Port’s office

Cardiff Bay
Shops, dining and the coastal bay all concentrated in one historical area.

Loving Welsh Food Tour
It was through Sian Roberts’ Loving Welsh Food Tour that our group was able to discover such incredible eateries in Cardiff, including many of the spots I’ve included in this post. Sian is an expert in all things Welsh cuisine and her tours are a must for food enthusiasts coming through Cardiff.

Cardiff Market
Cardiff Market is home to dozens of vendors and marketers serving up local produce and cuisine as well as some ethnic food outposts as well. Highlights include: FFwrnes Pizza, Hard Lines Coffee, Thai Asian Delish, The Bread Stall.

ABERGAVENNY, WALES

To Stay:

Angel Hotel
Angel Hotel is an elevated bed & breakfast in the heart of Abergavenny. The rooms are sleek and comfortable and the breakfast is to die for, with the help of their in-hotel bakery The Angel Bakery churning out some of the best croissants I’ve ever had.

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The breakfast at Angel Hotel

The breakfast at Angel Hotel

To Eat + Drink:

Felin Fach Griffin
An all-day eatery and bed and breakfast located in Brecon Beacons National Park. The establishment has their own produce garden and serve the freshest, local ingredients in their homey digs. One of the standout meals of our time in Wales.

Smoked fish plate to start our meal at Felin Fach Griffin

Smoked fish plate to start our meal at Felin Fach Griffin

Felin Fach Grtiffin B&B

Felin Fach Grtiffin B&B

To Do + See:

Brecon Beacons National Park
The beautiful, sprawling national park in Wales with so much wildlife and scenery. It was here that we spotted the rate, wild Welsh ponies that roam the hills of the park.

Hay-on-Wye
Hay-on-Wye is super close to Cardiff and a great day trip out. The town hosts an annual literary festival, attracting bibliophiles from all over. It’s very fitting for the place, which is quite literally made up of a ton of independent book stores of all kinds, ages, genres… Scattered in between all these book shops are cafes, market stalls and bed and breakfasts. Think: a country getaway mood board that came to life.

Me and a cute Welsh pony in Brecon Beacons National Park

Me and a cute Welsh pony in Brecon Beacons National Park

Richard Booth’s Bookshop & Cafe in Hay-on-Wye

Richard Booth’s Bookshop & Cafe in Hay-on-Wye