Cardigan Castle: staying over in the stately home of the original Welsh party

Cardigan does not, in fairness, much seem today like it ever could have hosted Wales’ biggest and best party. But back in 1176, the influential Lord Rhys, prince of most of South Wales, was at the zenith of his power and desired to host a cultural event to cement his status as the greatest Welsh ruler. And he chose Cardigan Castle as the venue. What … Continue reading Cardigan Castle: staying over in the stately home of the original Welsh party

How to pickle wild garlic buds: fresh from a Pembrokeshire preserves maker

Only choice organic, local ingredients go into Helen Lloyd’s preserves at Foxhill Farm in St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire. Also a passionate forager making the most of what each season brings, Helen tells us here how to pickle wild garlic buds, which lend a punch of garlicky goodness to simple meals year round.  Helen says: “For those lucky enough to have wild garlic to hand who have … Continue reading How to pickle wild garlic buds: fresh from a Pembrokeshire preserves maker

Finding food market heaven in St Dogmaels

Sometimes you find foodie treasures in the most unlikely places. Hugging the banks of the River Teifi in Pembrokeshire, the low-key village of St Dogmaels hosts a weekly market that is a true feast of top-quality local produce.  Quantity doesn’t necessarily equate with quality, and the produce market in St Dogmaels is a case in point. Tucked behind the evocative ruins of the medieval St … Continue reading Finding food market heaven in St Dogmaels

The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels: a pub brimming with coastal character

Cracking coastal pubs are as rare as gold dust, but we knew we were onto a winner the moment we set foot in the sky-blue Ferry Inn in St Dogmaels, with its easygoing vibe, terrace overlooking the Teifi Estuary and plentiful local seafood on the menu.   Why we love it… Wow, what a view! We were lucky enough to snag one of the last tables … Continue reading The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels: a pub brimming with coastal character