Some people are sniffy about Wetherspoons – not us.
We particularly like the Steak Tuesday and Fish Fridays, and the nephew and I have enjoyed plenty of their breakfasts.
Wetherpoons recently added “Mexican Monday” to its daily themes.
Sadly, this isn’t a day when your local branch is run by sexually promiscuous border-hopping illegal immigrants – unless you’re in the Lincoln branch, of course.
They have simply cut the prices of their limited Mexican food offerings on a Monday.
Bethan is a fan of all things Mexican AND saving money, so this sounded just our sort of thing.
Plus, we thought supporting Mexican culture would annoy Donald Trump.
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Having already reviewed the Starling Cloud 18 months ago, I’m not going to do a full review again.
But on re-visiting this weekend, it seems that standards had slipped a bit.
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We were intrigued to see the Glengower win the 2016 CAMRA Ceredigion Pub Of The Year, so we popped in to give it a try.
As one of the very few pubs with a proper seaview in this seaside town, we had some decent beers and Nephew had a “that’s amazing” Choc Fudge Cake and ice cream.
Look at his happy face – and who can blame him?!
So as soon as the weather perked up on Bank Holiday Monday, we headed over to check out their full menu.
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We’ve found ourselves going up around Chester recently, and heard about the Pant yr Ochain at Gresford, near Wrexham.
We went because it was at just the right point in our journey, and their menus sounded good.
But from the moment we arrived, we knew it was going to surpass expectations.
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We’ve been out on our travels recently – after the excellent Park House in Cardiff we travelled to Pontypridd to try out the Good Pub Guide’s Dining Pub Of The Year 2016.
It’s a little far from Aberystwyth, but well worth a look.
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I cannot say I was looking forward to this one.
I have loved Wetherspoons for its good beers at low prices since the 1990s.
And their Steak Night is an excellent deal too.
But how on earth can anyone offer a cooked breakfast for £2.99 and it not be horrible?
Surely the ingredients cost more than that?
So it was with a little trepidation that Nephew Rhys & I breakfasted there.
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From time to time, we like to leave Aberystwyth, if only to laugh at the identical High Streets out east, or maybe to marvel at their private sector businesses.
If we’re going to Shrewsbury, we’ll be eating in Shrewsbury, but sometimes a late start can combine with early hungry an hour from Aber.
Llanidloes has much to commend it – Evans’ chip shop, two Indians, the eccentric Lloyds – but otherwise it’s a desert out there.
So it was with a sense of excitement and relief that we fell into the Lion of Llandinam.
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The Starling Cloud in Aberystwyth is not a pub.
It is a family restaurant in the style of a pub.
It is a simulacrum of a pub, and like Baudrillard’s concept of the simulacrum, it’s a copy that invents its own truth.
But Baudrillard didn’t have a hungry family of six to feed on a wet Saturday afternoon.
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The Tynllidiart Arms in Capel Bangor has been appealing to both locals and travelling foodies for over a decade now.
It’s proof that if you have a good product, people will come.
Their menu has a clever blend of interesting offerings with more traditional plates for the less adventurous.
Yet Bethan and I were not here for the “Cod and Borth Crab Cakes with Chilli & Lime Mayo”, nor for the “Mediterranean Mezze”, even though it had pomegranate couscous, grilled halloumi and roasted aubergine.
No – we were here for their special offer on ribeye steaks.
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We finish our Shrewsbury mini-series with a trip to the Boathouse.
All pleasant English towns are on a river, and they always seem to have a nice pub called The Boathouse.
We couldn’t check into the hotel till 2, and it was a lovely sunny day, so we went for a walk in the Quarry (which is actually a lovely park)
The pub is over this lovely old suspension bridge, and it a welcome sight after a train journey
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