Aberystwyth is lucky to have such a great vegetarian restaurant as The Treehouse, but they’ve had it their own way for too long.
A little competition is healthy, and with meat-free days big news now – even beefcake Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing it – Crimson Rhino couldn’t have opened at a better time.
So to celebrate an astonishing 32,000 reads of our blog in 2015 (thank you!), I grabbed lapsed veggie Bethan and finally went to review an eaterie for a change (I note the blog has become more about me drinking spirits at home lately)
Continue reading Crimson Rhino, Vegetarian Cafe, Aberystwyth
Many people believe, very vocally, that Tesco and M&S coming to Aberystwyth will kill the town.
Independent traders won’t be able to compete, and we’ll be left with a wasteland of charity shops, chain stores and bookmakers.
So last weekend Bethan & I boarded the sometimes-hourly train to Shrewsbury.
This has a big M&S, and a Waitrose, plus a big out of town shopping centre – so it must be ruined already, surely?
We would probably starve to death, since I don’t eat MacDonald’s.
Continue reading Number Four, Shrewsbury
Coffee is getting complicated in Aber.
It takes longer to buy a coffee at Coffee1 than to drink it, my last MG coffee wasn’t great, and I’m not going into Costa because it’s too dark.
And Starbucks is just too chummy: why do they want to pretend to be my friend?
So thank heavens for a small, quick, unpretentious place like Cariad.
Continue reading Cariad Espresso Bar, Aberystwyth
The cafe at Aberystwyth’s Arts Centre has great views out over the Bay, a mouthwatering menu, and reasonable prices.
If it had some food it would be perfect.
Continue reading Aberystwyth Arts Centre Cafe
I feel slightly silly reviewing the Treehouse, as it’s been open forever.
Indeed, it’s now a small ethical empire, with the wholefoods restaurant, the shops and the veg box service.
But Bethan and I felt in the need for some healthy food, so thought we’d pop up and see what they’re doing these days.
Continue reading The Treehouse Restaurant, Aberystwyth
The decision by Brains to turn Salt into one of their Coffee#1 shops has caused a little gnashing of teeth around town.
“Not another coffee shop!” grumbled some.
But the old Central Hotel is a lovely building – and they’ve done a great job sprucing up the outside – so we felt we had to pop along for a look.
Continue reading Brains Coffee#1, Aberystwyth
Yes, I know that a deep-fried chip shop meal has all the nutritional benefit of a fall down the stairs, and we should all be watching our fat, but sometimes only fish and chips will do.
Helping friends move house recently led us to having a chippy dinner twice in a week, but which was our favourite?
Continue reading Central Chippy and Chip Box 1
A European deli in Aber that offers home cooked food as well?
Should Ultra Comida be more worried about Agnelli’s than about La Taberna?
Continue reading Agnelli’s Italian Cafe & Deli