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
Penderyn are the first new Welsh distillers in a century.
They have a unique still designed by a descendent of Michael Faraday, and the spirit is matured in a mixture of bourbon & Madeira casks.
“Legend” is their entry-level whisky, and usually around £30.
Morrisons had it on offer for £24, so I gave it a whirl.
I wanted to like it, I tried to like it, but I couldn’t.
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CSons is an exciting new place in Shrewsbury.
The name is a bit awkward, but it’s run by four Crouch brothers (the CSons) who have come from their own foodie backgrounds to create something special.
Initially a brek/lunch cafe, it is now open a few evenings a week.
We were dragged along last Saturday, and although a long way from Aber, we had to pass on this new gem.
Continue reading CSons Cafe & Restaurant, Shrewsbury
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.
Continue reading Pant yr Ochain, Gresford
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.
Continue reading Bunch Of Grapes, Pontypridd
I love Blackpool.
I know a review of the Speedy Pass scheme at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (BPB) is a little beyond the scope of an Aberystwyth food blog, but I feel passionately that it is a disgrace to the people of England, and a potent symbol of the moral bankruptcy of the greedy rich today (and why people let them get away with it).
I don’t understand how and when pushing into queues become socially acceptable.
(Food reviews will be resumed afterwards.)
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Bethan & I aren’t down in Cardiff as often these days, so last week we made the most of it and tried the intriguing lunch at the Gothic beauty Park House.
They offer a range of different menus and prices, from £21 for a two course lunch to a 7 course dinner with matched wines for £118.
We thought the set lunch would let us see whether the food can match the magnificent building..
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Thursday 7 January had a number of interesting stories that are worth drawing your attention to.
Continue reading A Review Of Cambrian News, 7 January 2015
During last years’ General Election, I wrote a piece about the local Libdems fake-newspaper leaflet, and the half-truths, omissions, falsifications and made-up quotes it contained.
So it was with some anticipation that I saw another one on my doormat, and I eagerly looked to see if they’d cleaned their act up.
Continue reading Lovely Local LibDem Lady Looks Like Losing!
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