Into the grape unknown: the great Welsh wine tasting

The words ‘Welsh wine’ might once have raised a quizzical eyebrow, but no longer. As climate change has seen the terroir shift steadily north, even these wet, chilly hills can now produce a thoroughly decent drop. A growing crop of wineries have invested passion and effort to seriously raise the bar, embracing hardy, early ripening grape varieties suited to cool climates like Seyval, Phoenix and … Continue reading Into the grape unknown: the great Welsh wine tasting

The strange but stunning path to the last invasion of Britain: a circular hike from Fishguard

Distance: 10km (taking Pen Anglas headland loop 11km) Not many people tarry too long at ferry ports: they are all about getting to somewhere else, after all. But with Fishguard, for most just a harbour from which to high-tail it across to Ireland, those that dally will discover one of Southwest Wales’ prettiest settlements. It hugs the pronouncedly riven inlets of Northern Pembrokeshire with its … Continue reading The strange but stunning path to the last invasion of Britain: a circular hike from Fishguard

Where eagles dare: finding out about Wales’ latest wildlife reintroduction project with Eagle Reintroduction Wales’ manager Sophie-lee Williams

Wales boasts some spectacular nature but, for the last few hundred years at least, it has been of the tamer, gentler variety by world standards. This may be about to change as a project to reintroduce those kings of the skies – eagles – to the Welsh moorland, mountains and coasts, gains momentum. We swoop at the chance to catch up with the project manager … Continue reading Where eagles dare: finding out about Wales’ latest wildlife reintroduction project with Eagle Reintroduction Wales’ manager Sophie-lee Williams

Pork and butterbean cawl-ssoulet: a Welsh take on cassoulet from Wales’ first recipe subscription service, Swper.Box

Lockdown has yielded some wondrous culinary innovations, and this is never more apparent than with the emergence of Swper.Box, Wales’ first and only recipe subscription service. With the sound and scrumptious reasoning that if you cannot experience the finest Welsh cuisine eating out, you should at least bring the best of it into your kitchen, Swper.Box offer vibrant, easy-to-follow eight-step recipe cards allowing you to … Continue reading Pork and butterbean cawl-ssoulet: a Welsh take on cassoulet from Wales’ first recipe subscription service, Swper.Box

Foraging for food and thought with Wild About Pembrokeshire

The pandemic may have shrunk our lives over the past year, but it also opened our eyes to the natural world like never before. Tapping into our deepest primal instincts, foraging is about so much more than hunting for wild food. In many ways it is a moving meditation, a way of celebrating what each season brings and finding headspace in a constantly switched-on age. … Continue reading Foraging for food and thought with Wild About Pembrokeshire

In-between lands: an ode to the Welsh moors

(7-minute read) ‘But how do you know?’ my hiking companion Chris, in normal life a calm rational fellow who runs marathons, screams at me in near hysteria and defeat, up to his knees in Mid-Welsh peatbog. Unwavering rain has been pile-driving down on us for two consecutive days, during which we have also been doing most of our walking off paths and across sopping moorland. … Continue reading In-between lands: an ode to the Welsh moors

Fruits of the forage: a recipe for carragheen pudding courtesy of Wild About Pembrokeshire

With spring on the horizon, there will soon be rich pickings for foragers in Wales – whether you make for the hedgerows, hills or seashore. Julia and John, who run the fantastic forage-focused Wild About Pembrokeshire walks and the Really Wild Emporium, St Davids’ best and most original cafe, bring us a sweet taste of the Pembrokeshire coast with this easy-to-make recipe for carragheen pudding. … Continue reading Fruits of the forage: a recipe for carragheen pudding courtesy of Wild About Pembrokeshire

The great Welsh chocolate-off: three of the nation’s loveliest chocolatiers go choc-to-choc in a taste-off, but which will set the bar the highest?

In the bleak midwinter, and especially in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, nothing beats a chocolate binge. But doing it classily will make you feel much better about indulging. Wales resembles a vast selection box when it comes to innovative chocolatiers: the sort of box where you keep discovering unexpected surprises. Besides being extremely scrumptious, the pick of these also showcase Wales’ impressive repertoire of … Continue reading The great Welsh chocolate-off: three of the nation’s loveliest chocolatiers go choc-to-choc in a taste-off, but which will set the bar the highest?

Love is a spoon: we meet master lovespoon craftsman Paul Curtis

Forget the usual hearts, flowers and chocolates this Valentine’s Day – say it instead with something more lasting in the form of a hand-carved, one-of-a-kind Welsh lovespoon. Giving us the scoop on what makes these spoons and their symbolism so special is master craftsman Paul Curtis of Angel Woodcraft in Pontypridd, who has carved some of the country’s finest over the past three decades: as … Continue reading Love is a spoon: we meet master lovespoon craftsman Paul Curtis

Carreg Coetan Arthur: Newport’s Neolithic surprise

It has happened to us on a few occasions in Pembrokeshire and never anywhere else ever. You are minding your own business, strolling through nondescript suburbia and wham, out of the bungalows and industrial estates materialises an archaeological site from several thousand years ago like a masterwork of Neolithic necromancy. You would be unlikely to chance upon the burial chamber of Carreg Coetan Arthur on … Continue reading Carreg Coetan Arthur: Newport’s Neolithic surprise