You can’t visit Neath without trying 'faggots ‘n peas', a dish whose association with the town dates back to the 1950s.
Known by some as 'the Welsh haggis', faggots consist of offal, herbs, suet and seasoning rolled into a ball that’s baked or fried and served with mash, peas and lashings of gravy. In Neath’s Victorian market find Cole’s, a legendary family butcher that’s been in business since 1928, and which supplies many of the best restaurants and hotels. Try their delicious faggots at Katie’s Kitchen, also in the market.
Neath Food and Drink Festival
Neath becomes a magnet for gourmands every year when Neath Food and Drink Festival showcases the mouth-watering edible and imbibable delights of passionate local producers. Peruse its Street Food Zone, Champagne Tent and Real Ale Hall, stopping for plenty of sampling! Ale is taken seriously in these parts - look out for Neath Ales, a brewery that - since opening in 2010 - has gained a faithful following thanks to a commitment to being local, even down to the names of each beer. Neath Ale Black is a nod to the local rugby team (nicknamed 'the Welsh All Blacks') and Neath Ales Firebrick recalls the town’s role in the Industrial Revolution; find Neath Ales at pubs all around the area.
Don’t miss beautiful Margam Country Park, whose famous deer herd dates from Norman times. Culling controls the numbers and the estate have started to sell the high-quality venison commercially; pick up a venison box and savour a truly local product back at home.