The great Welsh chocolate-off: three of the nation’s loveliest chocolatiers go choc-to-choc in a taste-off, but which will set the bar the highest?

In the bleak midwinter, and especially in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, nothing beats a chocolate binge. But doing it classily will make you feel much better about indulging. Wales resembles a vast selection box when it comes to innovative chocolatiers: the sort of box where you keep discovering unexpected surprises. Besides being extremely scrumptious, the pick of these also showcase Wales’ impressive repertoire of … Continue reading The great Welsh chocolate-off: three of the nation’s loveliest chocolatiers go choc-to-choc in a taste-off, but which will set the bar the highest?

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

Pembrokeshire through the eyes of artist Adrian John

Adrian John is an artist based in Milford Haven. His rich portfolio of work ranges from minutely detailed landscapes to photograph-inspired portraits. With a passion for natural light, contours and shadow, he captures Wales from its most evocative angles – from the industry of the Valleys to the open coastscapes of Pembrokeshire. How do you reflect the spirit of Wales in your painting? I was … Continue reading Pembrokeshire through the eyes of artist Adrian John

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