Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea – The Laguna Kitchen & Bar at The Park Plaza
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There is something civilised about an afternoon tea. Something traditional. The tradition is supposed to date back to the early 19th century when the usual habit, still seen in parts of the Continent, was to serve dinner at around 9.00pm. Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, started ‘snacking’ to stave off late afternoon hunger.  Soon, after inviting her friends to join [&hellip

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Zest at the Cardiff Marriot with River Cottage
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We broke the news here that Marriott Hotels were piloting a partnership with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage and that the Cardiff Hotel was to be part of that pilot. Marriott have realised that a growing number of diners have an interest in the provenance of their food and so, in response, they are trying to improve their sourcing so [&hellip

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Learn Patisserie with former Claridges Patissier, Beverly Reed
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I’ve always been of the opinion if you want to do something well you should learn from an expert. So when I decided that I’d like to learn a bit more about making patisserie there was no better class to attend than one run by Beverly Reed. Beverly began her love affair with food after leaving catering college and making [&hellip

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James Sommerin – Interview with a Chef

James Sommerin is little frustrated. Today is the day that he and I had hoped would be the day that he showed me round his new restaurant. A restaurant that was just going through the finishing touches before opening in a few days. Alas Restaurant James Sommerin, already beset with delays, has suffered one more. This time it is not [&hellip

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The Chefs Table at Laguna Kitchen and Bar, Park Plaza Cardiff
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I’d been to the Laguna Restaurant at the Park Plaza once before when I had sampled a pre-theatre dinner before a visit to the New Theatre. What had impressed me at the time, and still does, is that it is a hotel restaurant that doesn’t feel like a hotel restaurant. A feat rarely achieved outside of London. At the time [&hellip

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Dan Lepard’s Classic Christmas Pudding Recipe
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This is the recipe I will be using for my Christmas Pudding this year. Stir Up Sunday, the traditional day for making your pud is on the 24th November.  Sainsbury’s is reviving this tradition and has kindly supplied the ingredients. This year, Sainsbury’s has enlisted the help of baker and food writer Dan Lepard to inspire families up and down [&hellip

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Jamaican Blue Mountain RSW Estate Peaberry Coffee from Sea Island
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So we’ve all heard of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, haven’t we? Traditionally grown at elevations between 900 and 1700m in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica (obviously) it has gained a reputation for being one of the most expensive and sort after coffees in the world. So what’s this RSW Estate Peaberry stuff then? Okay so let’s do the Peaberry bit [&hellip

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Llansantffraed Court Hotel – Back On The Culinary Map
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Turning off the B4589 onto Llansantffraed Court Hotel’s private drive, I am immediately reminded that this four-star country house hotel and restaurant sits in a stunning location. The William and Mary style, grade II listed building is surrounded by 20 acres of lawns, and is complete with its own lake and walled kitchen garden, whose content is to feature heavily [&hellip

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Cardiff Marriott and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Team Up
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News reaches us that Cardiff Marriott is one of two hotels of the groups 50 UK establishments chosen to pilot a new menu, that has been developed in collaboration with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage. The chef’s at the Marriott have all been to the newly established River Cottage Chefs’ School. Menu’s will be based around local, seasonal produce and sourced, [&hellip

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Welsh Great Taste Award Winners 2013 and Farewell to True Taste of Wales
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August 7th, 2013 saw the publication of the results of the 2013 Great Taste Awards. We look at the success of Welsh producers in the Great Taste Awards and the demise of the Wales the True Taste Awards. As late as December 2012 the Welsh Government was stating that “The Wales the True Taste brand plays a major part in [&hellip

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