Chewing the fat with Gareth Ward of Michelin-starred restaurant Ynyshir

Fat might be a dirty word for many, but to Gareth Ward, head chef and co-owner of Michelin-star destination restaurant Ynyshir, near Machynlleth, it’s a beautiful and multi-textured thing. His sensational tasting menu is magic-wand waving stuff: 20 courses, each exquisitely composed with an obsessive’s eye, which take you from boat-fresh local lobster to six-month-aged Wagyu beef that a knife glides through like butter. But … Continue reading Chewing the fat with Gareth Ward of Michelin-starred restaurant Ynyshir

Snow wonder: Wales’ other Sugar Loaf bares its white winter soul

There are hills that, though humble in height, captivate the imagination. Places that somehow draw you back time and again to their season-changing wilderness, their lonely trails, their idiosyncratic landscapes. Sugar Loaf (Sir Gaerfyrddin), a mere moor or two away from the endearingly odd town of Llanwrtyd Wells (of bog-snorkelling world championship and numerous other mad festivals fame), is one such place. The hill – … Continue reading Snow wonder: Wales’ other Sugar Loaf bares its white winter soul

To the windmill: Melin Y Bont on Anglesey presses all the right coastal buttons

In southwest Anglesey, a mere whisper away from beaches where almighty gusts whip off the Irish Sea and the dunes seem to roll to infinity, is the escape of your wildest childhood fantasies – but with a grown-up’s love of style and comfort. This chicly converted 19th-century windmill has immediate wow factor, with big views, round rooms, pretty pastel interiors and space and light to … Continue reading To the windmill: Melin Y Bont on Anglesey presses all the right coastal buttons

Freckled Angel in Menai Bridge: flavours that fly high in heavenly small plates

Some say it with flowers, but when Bangor-born chef-owner Mike Jones wanted to remember a dear friend who passed away he decided to dedicate his restaurant to him, naming it after Ren Gill’s song and album Freckled Angels. Beautiful, right? It gets better… A giant angel mural keeps watch over this minimalist-cool bistro, where the small plates menu packs a punch with its Welsh-meets-the-world flavours. … Continue reading Freckled Angel in Menai Bridge: flavours that fly high in heavenly small plates

Penrhiw Hotel – escape to a chicly converted priory in St Davids

St Davids is busy as a beehive in summer, but you would never guess it when you give the crowds the slip and wind down the wooded country lane that leads to Whitesands Bay. Behind wrought-iron gates, tucked away from prying eyes and reclining peacefully in 12 acres of landscaped gardens and wildflower meadows, is Penrhiw Hotel, a sleekly converted Victorian priory where period charm … Continue reading Penrhiw Hotel – escape to a chicly converted priory in St Davids

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

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

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

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