The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company’s Café Môr has been awarded an artisan food award by food and drink journalist and broadcaster Nigel Barden and premium cooking appliance manufacturer Britannia.
Set up nine years ago by Jonathan Williams, and joined a year later by Susan Davenport, the company is an ethical seafood supplier specialising in seaweed and laverbread products.
Y Bechgyn, a coffee shop, bakery and deli in Llandysul, took second place with its sourdough loaf, and The Moody Cow, a farm shop and bistro in Aberaeron, was awarded third place for its rib eye of beef.
Nigel Barden commented on the winning producer: “The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company’s welsh sea black butter is a fabulous product from a fascinating company – I’ve never tasted anything quite like it. The bedrock is a creamy, nicely salted organic local butter but the addition of laver seaweed provides an extra rockpool of seaside flavour but in a controlled, subtle manner.
“The whole Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company’s range is impressive. A huge amount of work has gone into its development and it captures the flavour of a centuries-old ingredient – seaweed – but in a colourful, modern, cleverly packaged fashion.”
Jane Rylands, Head of Marketing Communications for Britannia, said: “We’re thrilled with the volume of entries we’ve had in Wales where we’ve been proud to launch the Britannia Artisan Food Collection. From craft cider and beer to dairies, delis and bistros, we’ve uncovered some hidden gems and hope people visit our map to discover the artisanal delights we’ve been lucky enough to find.”
The Britannia Artisan Food Collection launched at the end of last year in Wales. The public was invited to nominate artisan food producers from across the country. A shortlist was chosen by Nigel Barden and awarded a place on Britannia’s Artisan Food Collection map, before a top three were chosen and a winner awarded.
Wales was the first of six countries and regions the Britannia Artisan Food Collection will visit.