MamGu, Solva – welshcakes with a ‘wow’

Even if you’ve only visited Wales on the odd occasion, you’re bound to have eaten a welshcake or three. Best served warm, these scone-like griddle cakes pop up on many a B&B tea tray or cafe menu. But we bet you’ve never tried welshcakes like those served at MamGu in the fishing village of Solva in Pembrokeshire. With their desire to be different and game-changing … Continue reading MamGu, Solva – welshcakes with a ‘wow’

The Defynnog Yew – the eternal wonder of one of Britain’s oldest trees

A tree, you say? Ah, but the Defynnog Yew is no ordinary tree… Hidden away in the hush of an overgrown churchyard in the little-known hamlet of Defynnog, near Sennybridge, is one of Britain’s greatest arboreal treasures. Said to be 5000 years old by those in the know, this mighty yew has supposedly been around since the Bronze Age, which, if true, would make it … Continue reading The Defynnog Yew – the eternal wonder of one of Britain’s oldest trees

Porthmelgan: hiking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to a thrilling smugglers’ cove near St Davids

On a sunny day in St Davids, you might think it’s impossible to dodge the crowds. Yet the coastal honeypot is but a pebble-throw away from some deliciously secluded beaches: not least this sandy haven. From the broad sweep of Whitesands Bay, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (incidentally celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020) teeters along clifftops, scything its way through hedgerows stitched with thrift, campion, … Continue reading Porthmelgan: hiking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to a thrilling smugglers’ cove near St Davids

Pembrokeshire through an illustrator’s eyes: Jackie Morris puts us in the picture

Goldfinches in mid-flight, a proud oak bent in the breeze, the unfurling of a fern, an owl gliding on a moonlit night, the slippery grace of an otter under water – Jackie Morris’ illustrations are the ultimate journey into the natural world through the simple act of turning a page. The British artist and writer lives in a cottage in Pembrokeshire on Wales’ wild west … Continue reading Pembrokeshire through an illustrator’s eyes: Jackie Morris puts us in the picture

Stargazing in the Cambrian Mountains at summer solstice with Dafydd Wyn Morgan

The Cambrian Mountains are home to some of the UK’s darkest night skies, with very little light pollution making for perfect stargazing conditions. We talk to Dafydd Wyn Morgan, project manager for Dyfodol Cambrian Futures, about the Cambrian Mountains Astro Trail that has recently put this remote, wild corner of Wales firmly on the celestial map. Taking in nine locations that have been awarded Milky … Continue reading Stargazing in the Cambrian Mountains at summer solstice with Dafydd Wyn Morgan

Talking gin with James Wright of Aber Falls Distillery

Put everything else on ice: it’s time to chill the tonic and make the ultimate lockdown G&T for World Gin Day on 13th June. To give you a head start, we talk to James Wright, managing director at Aber Falls Distillery in Snowdonia, about Welsh gin and how to best drink it.  What’s the secret to the perfect G&T, James?  Nothing tastes as delicious as … Continue reading Talking gin with James Wright of Aber Falls Distillery

In high spirits: Aber Falls’ gin cocktail recipe created atop Snowdon

In eager anticipation of World Gin Day on 13th June (that’s this Saturday, folks), we bring you a one-of-a-kind cocktail recipe courtesy of Aber Falls Distillery in Snowdonia. This is no ordinary cocktail: it was created with the first gin to be distilled at 1085m above sea level at the summit of Snowdon. Raising the bar further still, award-winning bar tender Alex Mills – of … Continue reading In high spirits: Aber Falls’ gin cocktail recipe created atop Snowdon

Meet Barry Island’s BBQ stars: Sam and Shauna of Hang Fire

The stars of the BBCOne series Sam & Shauna’s Big Cook-Out, Samantha Evans & Shauna Guinn spent their life savings on a six-month pilgrimage to the Southern United States to learn the art and science of slow and low American BBQ (and meet Dolly Parton!). Back in Wales, following  immediate success at kitchen takeovers and street food events, they went on to scoop a string … Continue reading Meet Barry Island’s BBQ stars: Sam and Shauna of Hang Fire

Café Môr’s Laverbread Brekky Roll

Jonathan Williams runs the fabulously quirky Café Môr, the world’s very first solar-powered, mobile-converted fishing boat and seaweed kitchen. Overlooking Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, the food truck goes way beyond ordinary beach café grub, incorporating locally foraged ingredients in a menu that skips from this sensational (and sensationally easy to make) brekky roll with laverbread to Pembrokeshire lobster roll with Welsh seaweed butter.   Ingredients … Continue reading Café Môr’s Laverbread Brekky Roll

Foraging in the Brecon Beacons with Adele Nozedar

What better way to encounter the upliftlingly beautiful landscapes of the Brecon Beacons than with Adele Nozedar? A food writer, foraging pro and author of The Hedgerow Handbook (among other titles), she lives within view of the highest peaks in the Brecon. Her foraging courses and botanical gin workshops reap the bounty of each season. Here she tells Undiscovered Wales how to do just that. … Continue reading Foraging in the Brecon Beacons with Adele Nozedar