Dirt Pop Up at Crwst

On the 4th of April 2019, Crwst was taken over by Dirt Popup for one special culinary night.

Dirt is the creation of well regarded Cardiff chef and former chef-patron of Arbennig, John Cook, and it was amazing welcoming him to Cardigan.

The theme for this series of Dirt suppers was a seasonal 6 course vegetarian feast, with the ethos of ‘seed to supper’.  The takeover meant that Crwst staff could enjoy a meal in their own restaurant for one night without getting involved in an ounce of cooking or cleaning!

Here’s what Osian had to say about the night;

‘After following John Cook and the Dirt team on social media for some time, we were eager to them down to Cardigan for a pop up. Until now, all their previous pop ups were done in Cardiff, so it was a privilege to host their first pop up outside the city. The food was all vegetarian and delicious. Simple, but very clever. They’ll be back!’ 

We kicked off with two pieces of delicious focaccia, accompanied by a fresh wild garlic pesto and creamy warm potato sauce which added an element of luxury to the dish.

Next up was a tangy and light combination of beetroot and buttermilk which rested on a bed of crunchy gem lettuce leaves, with toasted seeds.

Thirdly on the list was the tender and sweet bite of roasted onions, which were served on a slice of toasted sourdough topped with a moorish cheese sauce.

Following the onions was an asian inspired, spicy combination of charred spring greens and whey roasted carrot, topped with a curry sauce and yoghurt.

Crwst made an appearance on the fifth course! On top of a velvety buttermilk custard sat our homemade doughnut with zesty lemon curd and tart raspberry.

To finish off was Dirt’s signature carrot dish. A combo of white choc and strawberry and dark choc truffle, sitting on a bed of edible chocolate soil – a superb end to the night!

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Crwst comes out on top in British Rural Business Awards

After winning the ‘Best Rural Start Up’ in Wales and Northern Ireland, Crwst went on to represent the category at the Amazon Rural Business Awards  2018/19.

The Rural Business Awards were established in 2014, with the aim to give recognition to businesses operating across the Rural sector as well as celebrating the achievements of rural business. Categories range from engineering, to food producers and professional services organisations.

The 2018/19 awards were held in the Chateau Impney, Worcestershire.  In their category, Crwst were up against Westmorland Homecare, Meg Hawkins Art, Poppy’s Picnic, Made for Drink and Yagro.

Osian and Catrin, owners of Crwst attended the awards and were proud to pick up the award  for ‘Best Rural Start Up’, and delighted to be national recognition for all their hard work and dedication over past 12 months. Here’s what the Rural Business Awards had to say about Crwst:

‘The bakery, deli and restaurant, located in the Welsh town of Cardigan really impressed the judges with their passion for great local produce and their ambition of putting their small town on the “foodie” map! The judges commented on the business’s excellent use of marketing and digital tools, which is having a a real impact on the town, drawing customers from far and wide’

Crwst is celebrating one year in business this April, and would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support. Diolch yn fawr!

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Sam to represent the UK in the ‘Skills Olympics’

Former Pembrokeshire College student and talented Crwst chef, Sam Everton, has been chosen to represent the UK at the 2019 WorldSkills.

WorldSkills is the world championship of vocational skills. Think the olympics, but with categories for Bricklaying, Cabinet Making, Car Painting, Carpentry, Construction Metal Work, Electronics, Beauty Therapy and many more.

Sam, 20, from Cilgerran has been battling for this number one place for nearly two years, competing in numerous rounds against other young talented chefs from all over the UK.

After a lengthy selection process,  Sam won the right to represent the UK in the Cooking category.

He will join 31 other members of the WorldSkillsUK team, who will be travelling in August to Kazan, Russia where the 2019 WorldSkills are held.  The UK team will battle it out against counterparts from more than 60 countries.

Although hard work,  Sam is extremely proud of his achievements, he said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be representing the UK at the WorldSkills. It’s been a tough process, but I’ve enjoyed every moment and can’t wait to compete out in Russia’

Everyone at Crwst are extremely proud of Sam, who has worked tirelessly for weeks, months and years to gain this fantastic achievement.   

We’d like to wish him the best of luck when he travels to Russia in August! Pob lwc Sam!

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St Valentine’s Night

For Valentine’s day this year we decided to create something special for the evening – a night inspired by our recent trip to Paris!

A traditional L’entrecôte restaurant caught our eye when we stumbled across a long queue of people outside their door.  ‘This must be good!’ we thought to ourselves, so decided to join the back of the queue. There was no menu, no prices, and you were simply sat on a sharing table and served steak and fries with a sauce that’s a secret recipe to this day.  And WAW we weren’t disappointed! What an amazing evening of food and socialising. 

So for Valentine’s 2019 we decided to do a take on L’entrecôte with Welsh Black sirloin steak sourced by Tom Samways butcher. But first, as served in L’entracôte, was our complimentary salad dressed with a French dressing, crumbled Perl Las cheese, walnuts and fresh bara Crwst.

We loved this night, and we hope our customers did too!