National Laverbread Day has been founded by Jonathan Williams, who runs the Pembrokeshire Beach Food Co and the award-winning street food outlet Café Mor, (Click here to read about our visit). Now, with Café Mor soon to open at a permanent pub location – The Old Point House, a former pirates’ haunt reached across a tidal causeway on Angle, Pembrokeshire - Jonathan is working to get the whole of the UK cooking with this free, sustainable and nutritious ingredient.
Laverbread is the cooked version of ‘laver’ – red algae found abundantly along Wales’ rocky coastline. It is a traditional ingredient in a Welsh breakfast (often served with egg, bacon and cockles), it also works beautifully in a range of dishes, from bread to sauces.
Jonathan will be celebrating National Laverbread Day at The Old Point House with laverbread dishes, free laverbread, and more.
“We plan to have several events running throughout the day, with an online competition for best laverbread recipe and photo as well as laverbread eating competition, goody bags, recipes cards, free laverbread with beer, laverbread focused menu and then a male voice choir to end proceedings,” he said.
“National Laverbread Day is a long overdue addition to the calendar that aims to get more people enjoying this delicious delicacy. It’s a nutritious versatile ingredient that’s in plentiful supply around our coastline and it deserves to be more widely used.”
Where to buy laverbread:
While laverbread is relatively rare in shops outside Wales, it is available on Welsh markets, especially Cardiff and Swansea covered markets, direct from producers such as Selwyn’s (www.selwynsseaweed.com), Parsons (www.parsonspickles.co.uk), Spencer at Gower Coast Foods, from most decent delis and independent food shops in Wales, and of course from The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Co.