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

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

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

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

Roch Castle Hotel: 21st-century flair in a 12th-century fortress

The surprise, with Roch Castle, is not that it exists. No retiring violet, it stands prominently out of the rolling patchwork of Southwest Pembrokeshire farmland whether you are approaching from the northeast (St Davids) or southwest (Haverfordwest). What is eye-opening is that an ancient, embattled stronghold like this could be so slick and contemporary within. And that you can stay there.  Why we love it… … Continue reading Roch Castle Hotel: 21st-century flair in a 12th-century fortress

Caer Bwdy Bay, source of Pembrokeshire’s striking purple stone

Look at Pembrokeshire’s coastline closely, the extreme-west coastline snagging in madly-gouged cliffs and cave-mouths and coves and rock stacks and smashed reefs and bewitching brokenness around St Davids, and a colour you would not expect distinguishes itself. Purple. And not from the heather, but from Pembrokeshire’s purple stone, most famously gracing St Davids Cathedral, which characterises both the craggy seaboard and lots of the regional … Continue reading Caer Bwdy Bay, source of Pembrokeshire’s striking purple stone

Crafting your own chocolate bar: with Brecon Beacons chocolatiers and mallow-makers The Mallow Tailor

Brecon Beacons confectionary creators The Mallow Tailor (talented two-woman team Kate and Janet) concoct some of the region’s finest decorated chocolates, chocolate slabs and – perhaps most innovative of all – French-style marshmallows. They are one of Wales’ only artisan marshmallow producers, and the only confectioners in Britain to make ‘caramallows’ (chocolates with marshmallow filling and salted caramel topping). They have certainly hit the green, … Continue reading Crafting your own chocolate bar: with Brecon Beacons chocolatiers and mallow-makers The Mallow Tailor

Getting rugged in Snowdonia with Kate and Ross Worthington of RAW Adventures

From essential training in hill, mountain and wilderness skills to guiding adventure-seekers on hardcore challenges like the Welsh 3000s (Northern Snowdonia’s 15 highest summits) and organising recce events to those preparing for the world’s toughest competitive mountain run (the Dragon’s Back Race from Conwy to Cardiff across the remote central spine of Wales), RAW Adventures have been leading people into North Wales’ mightiest and most … Continue reading Getting rugged in Snowdonia with Kate and Ross Worthington of RAW Adventures