A PEMBROKESHIRE micro bakery has been judged among Britain’s best countryside-based firms at the Rural Business Awards 2017.

Crwst is a micro-bakery based in a home kitchen in Blaenffos, near Crymych.

Co-owners Catrin and Osian Jones produce handmade real bread and seasonal bakes all from home, with the aim of bringing London's modern and trendy baking to rural west Wales.

Crwst supplies up to 10 local businesses in the area and uses local produce, for example, Pembrokeshire Sea Salt. The couple grow vegetables for their baking and promote the business online using social media. The whole concept of Crwst impressed judges, who felt the couple showed vision and ambition for their relatively young business.

Osian was born and bred in Blaenffos where his love of baking was nurtured by his grandmother Mary

He gained most of his chef knowledge during three years at Hammet House in Llechryd, working under head chef Andy Beaumont, a former Great British Menu contestant.

He later moved to Cardiff and became head chef at the five-star Cathedral 73 hotel

"Members of the family have lived in the area and in this very bungalow for generations, it only felt right to come home to start Crwst in a place so sentimental and essentially where the dream was first sparked. baking was a tradition in this small home, and i feel privileged to be carrying that through into a new era," he said.

He continued to develop his baking skills at The Orchard in Radyr before taking the plunge into his own business with Catrin.

Rural affairs minister Lord Gardiner said: “Farm shops, food producers and rural start-ups are a vital part of the UK’s economy, generating over £230 billion every year. It is fantastic to see the breadth of talent on display across our rural communities and I am delighted so many hardworking businesses have been honoured.”