We like to feature places which inspire us, and which we think our guests will enjoy, too. One such business is the Gardeners’ Kitchen in the village of Llanellen, which we regularly walk to along the canal. It’s difficult to resist the sights and smells packed into this little store, so we usually take a seat and treat ourselves to something sweet before heading home with our veg box.
Opened by Amy and Simon in September 2019, this farm shop and deli is an exciting showcase for local produce – from basics like bread, milk and beer, to interesting cheeses and unusual varieties of vegetables. Many of the items they grow themselves, and their own produce features in the savoury tarts and delicious cakes which they bake every day.
“We had been selling our produce at farmers’ markets and food festivals for years, and were looking for a more permanent base when this property in Llanellen came up. It’s perfect – being just two miles from our market garden where we grow fruit, veg, herbs and flowers. Being so close to the town of Abergavenny means we have an increasing number of regular customers, and we’re a great stopping off point for visitors travelling to and from the Brecon Beacons,” explains Amy. “There are tables indoors and outdoors, you don’t need to book, and muddy boots and dogs are always welcome!
Amy and Simon take inspiration from the seasonal produce they grow. Tasty new items appear on the menu the day they are harvested. “After a cold, slow start to 2021, we are looking forward to making elderflower cordials, strawberry tarts and pea & ricotta tarts in the months ahead,” says Amy. Thankfully, some of their most popular products are always on the menu, including scotch eggs (which are still runny in the middle), chocolate brownies, and a range of homemade ready meals including chicken, leek and tarragon pie.
If you’re heading out for the day, you really must try their afternoon tea picnic. Order by 7pm, and your picnic will be boxed and ready for you to collect the following morning. Expect a feast of sandwiches, sausage rolls, the most amazing scotch eggs, cakes and cream scones. And, as with all their takeaways, the packaging is environmentally-friendly.
The walk to the Gardeners’ Kitchen from Beacon Park Cottages is a pleasant one in every season: spring flowers and wild garlic, herons resting in the summer shade, stunning autumn colours, and winter views across the Usk valley.
It’s an hour’s leisurely stroll: walk to bridge 91, where you leave the canal and take the footpath down across the field into the village of Llanellen. Continue downhill through the houses, turn right onto the main road and take next left; the Gardeners’ Kitchen is on the corner, opposite the village hall.
The Gardeners' Kitchen is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5.30pm, so don’t plan this walk for a Sunday or Monday, or you’ll miss out on a real treat!
For other places to visit during your stay, take a look at the Explore section.