Tasty new Canalman’s Lunch marks another thumbs up for Canal’s 200th Anniversary

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 Bannau Brycheiniog 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 Bannau Brycheiniog 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 Bannau Brycheiniog 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.”