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

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

Pink Peppercorn’s recipe for Fishguard Cawl

Operating from a bright-pink vintage caravan, the Pink Peppercorn food truck fires out innovative modern riffs on traditional Welsh recipes. Owners Alex and Rachel take pride in sourcing the best local, organic and seasonal ingredients, taking their truck to farmers markets, county shows and food festivals across South Wales. Here they give their unique spin on the recipe for Fishguard Cawl, named after the Pembrokeshire … Continue reading Pink Peppercorn’s recipe for Fishguard Cawl

We speak to broadcaster and wilderness survival expert Andrew Thomas Price

Andrew Thomas Price is a broadcaster, wilderness survival instructor at Dryad Bushcraft and nemophilist (that’s a lover of woods and forests to you and me). Presenter of ITV Wales Coast and Country, he calls the Gower Peninsula home.  Where in Wales would you most like to pitch a tent? I love the rugged landscape of the western Brecon Beacons. I could never get bored of … Continue reading We speak to broadcaster and wilderness survival expert Andrew Thomas Price

Dryslwyn Castle: one of the greatest Welsh-built fortresses

Despite Wales’ likely status as the planet’s most densely castellated nation (only the Czechs and Slovaks can justifiably vie for this title), it is regrettably a myth that a fortress seemingly crests every hilltop, as some tourist-oriented merchandise intimates. Travelling along the fertile Tywi River valley between Llandeilo and Carmarthen, however, is one of those zones where the myth holds true. Dryslwyn Castle is one … Continue reading Dryslwyn Castle: one of the greatest Welsh-built fortresses

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

Through the grapevine: Llanerch Vineyard Hotel

Welsh wine has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. And there’s no better proof of this viticultural coming of age than Llanerch, one of the UK’s first vineyard hotels, with its crisply designed rooms, restaurant dishing up season-driven food, and vineyard tours and tastings: deliciously rural and yet only a short jaunt from Cardiff. Why we love it… Sipping a glass of … Continue reading Through the grapevine: Llanerch Vineyard Hotel

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 Wales. … Continue reading A caffeine-fuelled catch-up with Scott James, Coaltown Coffee founder