Why nature always provides a home – meet Grant Hyatt, landscape photographer and homelessness project manager in Denbighshire

If landscape photography and homelessness appear to have little in common on paper, speaking to Grant Hyatt proves otherwise. Based in the wilds of North Wales, he reveals why nature always provides a home and how – especially during these challenging Covid-19 times – we should turn our attention to what lies on our own doorstep, both in terms of wilderness and the vulnerable people … Continue reading Why nature always provides a home – meet Grant Hyatt, landscape photographer and homelessness project manager in Denbighshire

The Hop Garden: tapping into Tintern’s coolest brewery retreat

The ruins of Tintern Abbey stirred the soul of hopeless old Romantics like Wordsworth and Turner, and the ribs of its Gothic arches still enthral today – as does the thick woodland that rises like a mantle above the meandering River Wye. So far, so poetic. But how to escape the crowds that think likewise? Cue The Hop Garden, a serenely secluded retreat but a … Continue reading The Hop Garden: tapping into Tintern’s coolest brewery retreat

Vermut: central Cardiff’s vivacious hole-in-the-wall bar specialising in vermouth

It’s always a privilege for us to be writing about a place at the very start of its journey – when the concept is still new enough to be one-of-a-kind on a UK-wide scale, with the decoration so fresh one can virtually smell it and yes, when we feel we’re hanging out in a joint most people just don’t know about yet. This was definitely … Continue reading Vermut: central Cardiff’s vivacious hole-in-the-wall bar specialising in vermouth

By the Wye – the eco escape of your wildest woodland dreams, in Hay-on-Wye

If you go down to the woods to Hay, the real surprise comes in the form of this eco-minded, off-grid fantasy of a glamping site, tucked away in glorious seclusion among native woodland on the banks of the River Wye. Though the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye are just a few minutes’ walk away, this deliciously rural bolthole feels like a little world unto itself, with luxurious … Continue reading By the Wye – the eco escape of your wildest woodland dreams, in Hay-on-Wye

Kingstone Brewery: an eccentric brewing adventure in an enchanting location

It may seem counter-intuitive – you may indeed opine we are plain wrong – when, in the process of directing you to the best sight to see in Tintern, we tell you to keep travelling on past the world-famous abbey that famously fired the imaginations of Wordsworth and Turner, on along the road from Chepstow besides the captivating woodsy banks of the Wye, entirely out … Continue reading Kingstone Brewery: an eccentric brewing adventure in an enchanting location

LOBSTER AND MôR: fresh-off-the-boat seafood takeaway, served suavely

Fresh seafood to take away at the seaside is always a welcome thing – as much as our mouths salivate over the batter coating in which marine treats often get dished up in Britain, it does sometimes seem like a barrier preventing you from enjoying the true taste of the produce or a smokescreen for the fact those doing the cooking do not know another … Continue reading LOBSTER AND MôR: fresh-off-the-boat seafood takeaway, served suavely

The Sloop holiday cottage: in a coastal haven that once inspired Graham Sutherland’s canvas

Leading 20th-century artist Graham Sutherland loved Sandy Haven well, committing its coastscapes to canvas and finding painterly solace in its open expanse of sea and sky. Maybe it’s the way the dead-end lane unspools to the shore, or the ever-changing light and reflections of the estuary. Or perhaps it’s how the retreating tide reveals a generous expanse of sand and a crabbing bridge. But one … Continue reading The Sloop holiday cottage: in a coastal haven that once inspired Graham Sutherland’s canvas

Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven: a cove of majestic rock arches and a golden sandy strand for solitude seekers

If all place names were as wondrous as Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven, a dreamy double act of beaches just west of Tenby, we would all soon become cartophiles. We won’t deny it was in part the marvellous monikers that enticed us here when casting our eyes along this coastline for a sandy bay as beautiful as Tenby’s but bereft of Tenby’s rather considerable crowds. … Continue reading Church Doors and Skrinkle Haven: a cove of majestic rock arches and a golden sandy strand for solitude seekers

Grub Kitchen, St Davids: where the grub is always good

If edible insects aren’t yet on your culinary radar, you are missing a trick – or so say the folk that run the Grub Kitchen in St Davids, Pembrokeshire. With a little input from his wife, Sarah Beynon, an academic entomologist, ecologist and farmer, award-winning chef Andy Holcroft has elevated edible insects to a whole new level in dishes that delight with unexpected flavours and … Continue reading Grub Kitchen, St Davids: where the grub is always good

The Dyffryn Arms in Cwm Gwaun: a Pembrokeshire boozer not much changed in a century… or more

‘I told them I wasn’t opening ’til one today’ an old lady’s voice complains as I enter the bar at the Dyffryn Arms in tucked-away Cwm Gwaun, a thickly-foliaged valley near Fishguard. It is not the reception you expect when you walk through the open front door of an ostensibly open pub to order a pint, but then this is no ordinary tavern. Quite possibly, … Continue reading The Dyffryn Arms in Cwm Gwaun: a Pembrokeshire boozer not much changed in a century… or more