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
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.
Continue reading Penderyn Legend Whisky
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 British people today.
I don’t understand how and when pushing into queues become socially acceptable.
Continue reading Blackpool Pleasure Beach Speedy Pass
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..
Continue reading Park House, Cardiff