Ceridwen Centre has often been described as Newcastle Emlyn and Llandysul’s best-loved secret! Certainly, visitors coming for the first time are quite bowled over by all that goes on at this little farm venue near Drefach-Felindre.
A key ingredient in Ceridwen ‘s slow-and-steady recipe for success is chef Rob Haswell, who is developing the farm’s foodie offerings. Starting with catering for the courses, workshops, retreats and of course weddings, which happen at Ceridwen, gradually food is featuring more and more, with all diets catered for. The regular wood-fired pizza nights are hugely popular, as are monthly open mic nights with cawl on the menu.
This winter 2017 sees the first three ‘alternative’ festive party nights – on 15th, 16th and 31st December – with a lavish buffet in a giant tipi centre stage. Not to mention the once-a-month Sunday lunches – Sunday 12th November is fully booked but the team at Ceridwen is already taking bookings for December 10th and January 14th. Friday pizza takeaway nights are planned for Spring 2018 and the team aim to open much more frequently to the public.
Since 2012, the top man in the Ceridwen kitchen has been the down-to-earth Rob Haswell, who, starting his career as potwash in Cardiff, has cooked in all kinds of establishments in Cardiff, Penarth, Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell, the island of Raasay in Scotland, and Hertfordshire. After guidance and training under some incredible chefs, working in amongst others, Le Gallois, he moved on to jointly setting up new kitchens for clients, (Chapter Arts Centre being one example), before becoming a private chef and kitchen gardener on a prestigious estate near Hay, and setting up and running a music bar and cafe in Herts. On the estate near Hay-on-Wye he learned firsthand about fresh produce, and using it seasonally. A lesson carried forward ever since. Now, at Ceridwen Centre, there are 180 feet of polytunnels within an acre of organic produce gardens, which supply the kitchen with salads, vegetables, herbs and seasonal soft fruits. Rob’s focus is very much on that seasonality and quality local produce and finds himself spoilt for choice in West Wales!
For more information about Ceridwen visit: ceridwencentre.co.uk