Tasty new Canalman’s Lunch marks another thumbs up for Canal’s 200th Anniversary
Normally it’s a cake that marks an anniversary celebration but this year there’s a delicious new lunch on the menu in the form of a Canalman’s Lunch being served along the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal to mark its special bicentenary.
Promoted alongside the new ‘Beacons to the Sea’ ale – specially produced by Brecon Brewing Ltd to mark the historic waterway’s 200th anniversary – tucking into the new Canalman’s Lunch will give visitors and residents a flavour of Wales direct from local food producers. Enthusiastic foodies, visitors and residents alike are being encouraged to try the new Canalman’s Lunch, along with a pint of ‘Beacons to the Sea’ ale – which are both available from a variety of pubs and eateries along the canal, as well as other outlets in the Brecon Beacons National Park - while enjoying the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and celebrating its 200th anniversary.
An order of Canalman’s Lunch contains beer from the Brecon Brewing Ltd company, artisan cheese featuring a taste of beer and a bite of horseradish from Blaenavon Cheddar, curried apple chutney from Usk River and beetroot and horseradish chutney from East’s Butchers Brecon.
The snack was officially launched with the ‘Beacons to the Sea’ ale during an event at the Brecon Canal Basin on Friday, March 30. The promotional celebration saw a horse drawn carrier deliver the first kegs of ‘Beacons to the Sea’ ale to Brecon’s Canal Basin before it was loaded aboard a barge that set sail for pubs and restaurants along the canal. The launch celebrations, funded by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s COLLABOR8 Interreg IVB NWE project and Powys County Council, saw the canal boat visit from Brecon to Talybont-on-Usk on Friday, March 30, before heading towards Llangynidr the following day.
Member Champion for Visitor Centres at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Cllr Gareth Ratcliffe said: “The ‘Beacons to the Sea’ and Canalman’s Lunch launches have seen our local food and drink producers doing what they do best – celebrating an historic event by coming up with tastes that really capture the imagination. The ‘Beacons to the Sea’ ale and Canalman’s Lunch are the perfect complement to this beautiful waterway.”
Carol Williams, Tourism Growth Area Project Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, said: “The Canalman’s Lunch uses mouth watering locally-sourced ingredients and has been a great way for local food producers to mark the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal’s special anniversary. I’m sure it will be popular with everyone enjoying the canal over the coming months.”
British Waterways Mon & Brec 200 Project Co-ordinator, David Morgan added: “It was fantastic to ‘re-create the past’ seeing the canal being used to transport the beer to the canalside pubs. We now look forward to the future events and activities planned for the bicentenary celebrations.”