local produce at the Herb Garden Café
Local produce at the Herb Garden Café
While keeping quality in mind, we buy from as close to home as possible.
Bread, rolls etc
J. Williams Butchers in Temple St supplies beef, lamb, mince, bacon, chicken and home-made sausages. J. Williams is the retail outlet for Llandrindod Hall Farm on the edge of town.
- Lamb from Dolithon Meats of Nantllech, Llandrindod
- Lamb mince from Tesco if labelled Welsh
- Organic beef from Penlanole organic farm, near Llandrindod.
- Chicken from J. Williams in Temple Street (sourced from Welshpool) or from the Co-op's Elmwood ethical brand.
- Smoked meats, fish and chicken for the snack menu are from Black Mountain Smokery, Crickhowell.
- On occasion we have served locally-shot rabbits, wild trout caught in the Ithon and venison from the Welsh Venison Centre in Bwlch
Vegetables and fruit
Bread rolls, tea cakes and spelt bread loaves are baked in-house using organic flour.
Granary bread for toast and sandwiches comes from Henllan Bakery in Denbighshire
- Our wholemeal bread flour comes from Talgarth Mill in Powys
- All cakes and slices are made with organic flour and free-range eggs. All are made in-house except the chocolate cakes, which are made by Jan Bowen of Llandrindod who makes them better than we can.
Soft fruit, vegetables, honey, garlic and herbs, whenever available, are bought from local growers including
Herbs are grown outside the café's front door. Next to the herb patch volunteers from Trawsnewid Llandrindod Transition are establishing a fruit garden (the alpine strawberries grow wild).
Our free range eggs come from Y Ddol Farm, Llanbadarn Fynydd via the WI Country Market.
Jams, jellies, marmalades, pickles and chutnies
Cheeses for Ploughman's Lunch are always Welsh, chosen from Van's in Middleton St. Llandrindod
- Milk is supplied by Bartonsham Farm Dairy.
All are made in-house. We buy or barter ingredients from local growers and gardeners especially when fruit and vegetables are in glut. Recent examples are apples for juicing, crabapple jelly, plum jam, plum chutney, damson jam and green tomato chutney. Gooseberries are still in the freezer.
Filter coffee and Welsh Brew tea from Adwells of Swansea
- Various teas, coffees and chocolate are Fair Trade.
- Bottled Water from Brecon Garreg and Radnor Hills.
- Apple juice; about half the year's supply is from apples in local gardens pressed, pasteurised and bottled in our own kitchen. The rest of the year we are supplied by Bentleys, Castle Fruit Farm, Newent
Minton's Good Food of Llandrindod supply our canned drinks and organic flour and pasta.
- Dry and frozen goods and Welsh butter are supplied by Oakleys of Llandrindod.
Flowers for our table decorations are from a herbal garden near Builth Wells.