Sweet temptation at The Plwmp Tart in Penbryn

Housed in a prettily converted stone cart house, the Plwmp Tart is everything a coastal cafe ought to be – and a lot more. The location is dreamy, for starters, with the cafe abutting sunlit beech woods that spill down to the bay of Penbryn. And organic and garden-grown ingredients go into light lunches and cakes – all made with a pinch of love. Why … Continue reading Sweet temptation at The Plwmp Tart in Penbryn

The ultimate Welsh Rarebit recipe courtesy of Roos Geraedts

Roos Geraedts is the owner of the International Welsh Rarebit Centre in Defynnog in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here she shares her ultimate recipe for creating the cheesy Welsh classic, plus tips on how to give it a nice seasonal twist.  Roos says: “This is a classic recipe for Welsh rarebit. You can customise it in many different ways, for instance by adding Caerphilly … Continue reading The ultimate Welsh Rarebit recipe courtesy of Roos Geraedts

Coaltown Coffee: Wales’ new black gold

Sometimes dreams really do come true… When Scott James opened an ultra-hip coffee roastery in the ex-mining town of Ammanford, he took one hell of a gamble. But boy did it pay off. Lodged in a slickly revamped former industrial unit, the open-plan roastery does a roaring trade in small-batch coffees, plus delicious wood-fired pizzas on the side. Why we love it…. Rarely does coffee … Continue reading Coaltown Coffee: Wales’ new black gold

A Ramble around Dinas Island

Walk length: 4.75km. Right from the off, Dinas Island dishes up surprises. Because of course, for one thing, it is not an island but a bulbous peninsula. For another, the access point from the A487 at Dinas Cross between Fishguard and Newport is unpromising: it scarcely suggests one of Pembrokeshire’s finest stretches of coast path could be so close. But weave down a couple of … Continue reading A Ramble around Dinas Island

In the footsteps of the Physicians of Myddfai

Walk length: 8km. What do a succession of medieval medics often attributed with being the forerunners of the NHS, Prince Charles and a boutique range of Welsh toiletries have in common? The unlikely answer lies in  – or, rather, scattered around – the sleepy hamlet of Myddfai on the northwestern fringes of the Brecon Beacons. A history of herbalists hereabouts… Sleepy today, perhaps. But back … Continue reading In the footsteps of the Physicians of Myddfai

A caffeine-fuelled catch-up with Scott James, Coaltown Coffee founder

  Founder of the multiple award-winning Coaltown Coffee, Scott James has brought some of the finest roasted brews, fresh opportunity and an air of newfound cool to the former coal mining town of Ammanford. Here he tells us his story… Why Coaltown? My great-grandfather was a coal miner. Back in those days the community was thriving and industry booming in Ammanford, in Carmarthenshire in South … Continue reading A caffeine-fuelled catch-up with Scott James, Coaltown Coffee founder