Zest Revisited
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The last time we wrote about Zest they had just partnered with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage as part of a pilot programme to introduce a local, seasonal menu. We were pleased to be invited back recently and given the opportunity to discuss the experience with Executive Chef, Anthony Barnes. For those who are not familiar, first a little background [&hellip

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Tempus at Tides Bar and Restaurant at The St David’s Hotel

Recently I got the opportunity to visit Tempus at Tides Bar and Restaurant at The St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay. Hotel restaurants trying to entice in non-residents seems to be a bit of a thing at the moment so I was keen to see what Tempus had to offer. We visited on a busy Saturday night, there were two [&hellip

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Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea – The Laguna Kitchen & Bar at The Park Plaza

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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The Discovery, Lakeside
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The Discovery is the latest addition to the Knife & Fork Food brand and takes its place alongside company’s other outlets, namely The Conway in Pontcanna, The Pilot in Penarth and The Old Swan Inn in Llantwit Major. Anyone familiar with The Discovery’s siblings will be immediately at home as the blackboard menu concept has been continued here along with [&hellip

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Zest at the Cardiff Marriot with River Cottage

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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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

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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Tea and Food Evenings at Washington Tea Penarth

I have been a big fan of Waterloo Tea since I discovered it several years ago. At their Teahouse, a wide selection of the worlds finest teas and coffees are on offer, the work of local artists is on exhibit (available for purchase as well), and homemade cakes and light lunches are available. Waterloo Tea has one draw back; they [&hellip

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Cardiff Marriott and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Team Up

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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ffresh Restaurant’s Christmas Music Night.
ffresh Christmas Music Night

On the 3rd December, ffresh at the Wales Millennium  Centre launched it’s program of events for Christmas 2012 with a Christmas Music Night. This is the latest event in series of live music nights where diners get entertained by members of the Welsh National Opera Chorus in between courses. MrsA and I were fortunate enough to be invited along to [&hellip

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