I remember Medina from when she worked in UltraComida long ago, and six months after we visited her first in Cambrian Place, she has moved to the old Talbot / Orangery site in Market Street.
We were very keen to see if the food and cheery ambience could survive the move from one of the smallest premises in town to one of the largest.
Continue reading Medina, Aberystwyth
My favourite meal with Bethan was the Crown at Whitebrook in 2010, where Welsh chef James Sommerin earned his reputation (and a Michelin star) for inventive, skilled and delicious cooking.
The atmosphere was serious without being sombre, and prices were very reasonable (£40 for six courses).
The chocolate souffle, with a quenelle of Bailey’s ice cream added at the table, was a thing of wonder.
I went on about it so much, I made a version for my nephews
Sadly, The Crown closed in 2013, but in 2015 James opened his own restaurant in Penarth, and we were very excited to give it a try. Continue reading Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
We had a whirlwind trip to Cardiff recently, and thought we’d have a quicker look at the highlights.
We visited the Tanners Arms in the Brecon Beacons, and had a tart from the Portuguese Bakery.
Then we had dinner in the self-explanatory Burger and Lobster, and a final drink in new CAMRA favourite the Hopbunker.
Continue reading Cardiff Trip Highlights
Aberystwyth has an American Diner on the seafront!
I never knew!
It’s in the old shop on the corner by the old Police Station.
Yes, the one where they film “Hinterland” (not that I watched more than three of those – too depressing and slow and similar).*
I wonder what aspects of American cuisine they’ll have?
I hear it’s popular with the young people, so I grabbed my nephews, fired up the Chevy, and hit the road.
Continue reading AberYankee American Diner, Aberystwyth
Two days in Cardiff last week gave us two meals out, and we tried to make them different
Kimchi is a modest, traditional Korean restaurant, whereas Wahaca is part of a small Mexican chain run by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers.
So would we prefer the authenticity of Kimchi, or the more approachable if touristy Wahaca?
Continue reading Kimchi (Korean) vs Wahaca (Mexican) in Cardiff
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.
Continue reading Starling Cloud – Update
Once it gets sunny, there’s only one thing we want to do – BBQ!
After being knocked out by the food at Aber’s Backyard BBQ and the Welsh Hang Fire ladies down south, last year we bought a BBQ that could also smoke.
It was a huge success, so we wanted to share what we learned.
Be warned, there’s a lot to be learned initially.
But if you like smoky meat and fish, it’s well worth it.
It’s the reason we hardly ever eat out anymore!
Continue reading A Review of “ProQ Frontier Elite” BBQ Smoker
The “Aberystwyth” edition of the Cambrian News had two really good stories on the front page of 21 April 2016.
One tells of how a customer in Starbucks was told to “Speak English Or Get Out”. And look, there’s a beautiful “opera star” involved!
That story has everything, and yet there’s more!
The main story has the headline “Woman ‘Put Hand Down 15-Year Old’s Trousers'”
And there’s a picture of a pretty lady here too!
It’s hard to think how that front page could be bettered!
Only, maybe, by it not all being complete bollocks.
Continue reading Cambrian News – The Truth Won’t Ruin A Good Headline
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.
Continue reading Glengower Hotel, Aberystwyth
Mid-Wales is one of the most pro-EU parts of the UK, yet UKIP are very likely to win a seat here under the undemocratic system of “Top-Up Lists”.
So you’d hope they might parachute an intellectual and persuasive supporter of Brexit into a sensitive situation.
The news we are very likely to get the unrepentantly sleazy Neil Hamilton is an insult to the people of mid-Wales.
Here’s a timely look at his paid lobbying for nasty people, cash for questions in Parliament, election defeat, libel losses and refusal to admit the vast evidence of his guilt.
[Warning – may contain swearing and pictures of this oily heap of shit]
Continue reading Neil Hamilton In The National Assembly for Wales Is An Insult To Us All