The four best foodie campsites in Wales named among the top 25 in the UK
Four of the best foodie campsites in Wales have been crowned among the top 25 in the UK. Fforest in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, Cowpots Camping in Cyffig, Carmarthenshire, Bert’s Kitchen Garden in Trefor, Gwynedd and Tregroes in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire have been praised for their fantastic venues and amazing meals in The Times. They have been listed as some of the best alongside campsites all over the UK, including in areas such as the Scottish Highlands, Cumbria, Gloucestershire and Dorset.
Each campsite was listed in different categories, such as places with the most luxurious foodie sites, with the best gastropubs or with kitchen gardens and cafes. In the ‘5 with food trucks and pizza ovens’ category, Fforest campsite in the Pembrokeshire village of Cilgerran was praised for its barbecue suppers served every night. In the review for the campsite, it said: “Bell tents, shacks and geodesic domes (several with Japanese-style bath houses) are scattered throughout the woods and fields of this ever popular 200-acre farm by the River Teifi.
Read more: The two beautiful botanical Welsh gardens named among the top 10 in the UK “There’s a lot of space between them but there’s a sociable vibe, fuelled by the on-site pub, Y Bwthyn, and barbecue suppers every night during school summer holidays at the Lodge. When the meat’s not sizzling at the farm, pizza nights beckon at Fforest’s gorgeous riverside Pizzatipi in Cardigan.
It’s a couple of miles north — a pretty 40-minute walk (taxis can be arranged).” Meanwhile, Carmarthenshire’s Cowpots Camping in Cyffig was also listed in the same category and praised for its homemade ice cream and wood-fired pizzas. The reviewer wrote: “Chances are there’ll be no complaints from your kids about the 10-minute walk to dinner at Cowpots Camping.
Fforest campsite was praised for its “gorgeous” riverside Pizzatipi in Cardigan (Image: Fforest / The Times)
“That’s because wood-fired pizzas and homemade ice cream await in the Cowshed at the other end (Wednesday to Saturday).
Parents may be pleased to learn that it’s licensed too. There are 18 pitches spread across three meadows. Each has a hot shower and a composting loo.”
The best foodie campsites named the top 25 in the UK
The 3 most luxurious foodie sites:
Mad Dogs & Vintage Vans, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire Ham Hideaway, near Deal, Kent
9 campsites with gastropubs:
Sykeside Camping Park, Hartsop, Cumbria Lighthouse Camping, Walcott, Norfolk
Marlkbank Inn, Malvern, Worcestershire The Daneway, Sapperton, Gloucestershire Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorset
The Powis Arms, Lydbury North, Shropshire The Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Derbyshire Waren Caravan and Camping Park, Bamburgh, Northumberland
The Bridge Inn, Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire
5 with food trucks and pizza ovens:
Freshwell Camping, Croyde, Devon Fforest, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire The Quiet Site, Watermillock, Cumbria
Cowpots Camping, Cyffig, Carmarthenshire The Dome Garden, Mile End, Gloucestershire
3 campsites with restaurants:
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Bodmin, Cornwall Monachyle Mhor, Balquhidder, Perth and Kinross
Port Lympne, Hythe, Kent
5 with kitchen gardens and cafes:
Bert’s Kitchen Garden, Trefor, Caernarfon Tregroes, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire Wild Canvas, Turvey, Bedfordshire
West Lexham, Castle Acre, Norfolk Sands Caravan and Camping, Gairloch, Highland In north Wales, Bert’s Kitchen Garden in the village of Trefor, located on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula and not too far from Caernarfon, was recognised for its homegrown vegetables on the family farm in the ‘5 with kitchen gardens and cafes’ category. “Most of what we serve, we grow,” says Ali Paice of Bert’s Kitchen Garden, which is at the heart of Bryn Ifan, a 500-acre family farm with tent and campervan pitches and luxurious huts (with beds and log fires) to stay in.
Bert’s Kitchen Garden in the village of Trefor in Gwynedd was recognised for its homegrown vegetables (Image: Bert’s Kitchen Garden / The Times)
The review states: “The restaurant is open for dinner four nights a week.
Right now the beetroot is ready for eating: roasted, and served with whipped goat’s cheese and hazelnut butter. There are courgettes and strawberries too. The tent pitches are surrounded by wild meadows, and the campervan pitches are set in woodland.
From here it’s a few minutes’ walk to Trefor’s sea stacks.”
According to The Times review, Tregroes Pantry was tipped as the best place to find curry and prawn linguine on the menu (Image: Tregroes / The Times)
In the same category, Tregroes campsite in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire was tipped as the best place to find a campsite cafe serving curry and prawn linguine. The review says: “This summer there are four roomy geodesic domes in Tregroes’ patchwork of camping fields, a mile from Fishguard Bay. “The domes are kitted out with proper cabin kitchens, each with a microwave, fridge and gas stove.
Even so, you won’t be cooking much, thanks to the on-site Tregroes Pantry, which opens five days a week.
Madras chicken with chunky chips, prawn linguine, and seabass with roasted new potatoes are on the menu.”